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Cleaning Grease Out of a Washer and Dryer

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Sometimes oil and grease is not completely removed from work clothing in the wash and can get smeared on the dryer drum. This is a page about cleaning grease out of a washer and dryer.


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By 0 found this helpful
March 21, 2010

My washer and dryer is filthy from oilfield smut (grease, mud, oil, etc.). My husband washed his coveralls and then dried them too, in my machines. Shudder. Anyone have any tips to clean my machines without having to purchase a commercial cleaner? If not, do you know a good cleaner?

By Brooklyn_rayne from Edmonton, Alberta


March 21, 20100 found this helpful

One word: vinegar. add a quart to hot water in a empty washer, run the cycle. Might have to do that 2 times. As for the dryer I have no idea. sry

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March 21, 20100 found this helpful

If it is that horribly dirty maybe you should use a commercial cleaner. I googled "washing machine cleaner" and found Tide and Sears make a product for this. There are other options as well.

First thing I'd try is a hot water load with baking soda, washing soda or borax. If that didn't help much I'd purchase something like the ones I mentioned above.

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March 23, 20100 found this helpful

Get out as much as you can by hand - whether you use Mr. Clean, Lysol, Fantastik, Windex, etc. Then wash a load of towels (that you don't care about) or rags with some sort of degreaser (low suds) - this is for the washer.


The dryer is going to be more difficult. Get out what you can with cleaners - you can try Magic Erasers too. Then let those wet towels run through the dryer a time or two (or three) to get the rest out.

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August 9, 2019

Anyone know how to clean grease from a gas dryer drum please?


August 9, 20190 found this helpful

Blue dawn and water. Rinse well and wipe dry.

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August 12, 20190 found this helpful

My first pass would be white cotton rag that is dry. That should get get it out of there.

If you still feel tacky or see residue, use a few drops of simple blue dawn (not the fancy kind) on another clean white cotton rag and just VERY SLIGHTLY dampen it and squeeze it out until it is almost dry (NO SUDS). The Dawn should cut the rest of the grease. Be sure NOT to use anything sopping wet as you could risk ruining the dryer. Wipe it out again with a totally dry rag when you are done.


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