How To Clean Your Front-Loading And Top-Loading Washing Machines

Buying any top best washing machine will not solve your entire problem, you also have to maintain it properly for its further proper functioning and cleaning is one of its major steps in its maintenance.

Today, we will give you a complete guide for cleaning your washing machine, so that you won’t face any major issue in future and your washing machine will run properly for many years without causing many problems.

Cleaning Washing Machine: A Complete Guide   

Here is one complete procedure that you can follow which can be implied for both types of the washing machine. So, whether you have front-loading or top-loading washing machines, you can follow these three simple steps.

Step 1: In the first step, you have to run the hot cycle with vinegar. For this, you have to first run an empty, regular cycle on hot, with the help of two cups of vinegar in spite of detergent. If you are worried that your clothes will get damage from vinegar, so you don’t have to worry as white vinegar will not damage your clothes. In addition to that, the hot water and vinegar combo help in removing as well as preventing the growth of bacteria. Furthermore, vinegar also acts as a deodorizer, as a result it will cut through mildew smells.

Step 2: The second step involves scrubbing inside out. For this, you have to take a small bucket in which you have to mix about ¼ cup vinegar with a quart of warm water. After that, take a sponge or brush to clean inside of the machine with the help of this mixture. Your main focus while cleaning the machine should be the soap and other dispensers, the inside of the washing machine’s door, and if in case you have a front-loading washing machine type, then rubber seal. Coming to the exterior of the washing machine, give it a quick wipe-down as well with the same mixture.

Step 3: The third step involves running a hot cycle. For this, you have to run an additional empty, regular cycle on hot, deprived of using any detergent or else the vinegar. Furthermore, one should take note to clean their washer in every six months for preventing bacteria as well as the mineral build-up. Because of this frequent cleaning, you can make sure that your clothes are really clean whenever it comes out of the washer.

Important Tip: There are many people who let the lid or door of their washing machine close when it is not in use, this let mould and odour grow in the machine, therefore let the lid open for proper ventilation and to prevent mildew and mould. That’s it….your washer is all set to be ready for cleaning your clothes once again.

Individual Cleaning  Techniques For Front-Loading and Top-Loading Washing Machines  

If in case you want some more techniques for cleaning your washing machine, especially as per to its type I.e., Front-Loading and Top-Loading Washing Machines, then follow these below mentioned steps which are as follows:

Front-Loading Washing Machine Cleaning Process

Front-Loading Washing Machine

Before starting the cleaning process in front-loading washing machines, you must have certain requirements such as White cleaning vinegar, Spray bottle, Microfiber cloth and Baking soda.

In the first step, clean the gasket with the help of spraying white vinegar and then wiping it with a wet microfiber cloth. Make sure to start this process before cleaning the washer drum. Now, you will see that the rubber gasket which is placed at the front of the washer, particularly in a high-efficiency (HE) washer, will collect the water, hair, scum and mould which is there in your machine.

After that, you have to set the washer to the highest level as well as to the hottest water temperature and add a total of two cups of white cleaning vinegar to the machine’s detergent dispenser.

Now you have to run it till it completes its full cycle. After that simply run an additional cycle on the maximum level and at the hottest water temperature as well. At that time, also add baking soda to the drum and the measurement will be a one-half cup.

Whenever the cycle is done, you have to wipe inside a drum of the washer with the help of a wet microfiber cloth. Till the last step is going on you can take the damp microfiber cloth and wipe down the front of the machine, as well.

Top-Loading Washing Machines  

Top-Loading Washing Machine

Before starting the cleaning process in top-loading washing machines, you must have certain requirements such as White cleaning vinegar, Toothbrush, Microfiber cloth and Baking soda.

To begin the process, you have to set the washer to the highest level along with the hottest setting. Now, to the wash cycle of your machine, you have to add four cups of white cleaning vinegar.

As soon as the cycle begins, simply pause the machine and let it to sit for an hour for deep cleaning. Throughout this time, you can focus at the outer part of the machine and with a damp microfiber cloth, wipe down the top and exterior part of the washer with the help of hot vinegar-water mixture.

If you want, you can also use an old toothbrush for scrubbing the fabric softener as well as the bleach dispensers. Simply continue the wash cycle after an hour. After that, you have to run an additional wash cycle with the help of one cup of baking soda.

At last, wipe the top inside of the washer tub using a microfiber cloth at the end of the cycle, this will help in removing impurities if any left.

Washing Machine Maintenance Tips

Other than cleaning, you can also follow some washing machine maintenance tips which will help in maintaining your washing machine properly.

  • Keep checking the hoses of your washing machine
  • Clean the filter along with the interior and dispensers of the machine.
  • Only use the right amount and the right type of detergent.
  • Avoid overloading the machine
  • Leave the lid or the door of the machine open when not in use.
  • Don’t wait too long for transferring clean laundry to the dryer.
  • With a damp microfiber cloth, wipe down the drum, door and gasket of your washing machine


This was all about cleaning your washing machine with different techniques. This guide is for both types of washing machines that are front-loading or top-loading machines. For any query, ask the question in the comment section below.