Cleaning a Washing Machine?

How much vinegar and soda crystals do I put in the washing machine to clean it? I get a lot of lint on my black clothing. I am struggling and have tried other remedies already.



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July 27, 20170 found this helpful

Watch this video on how to do it:

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July 27, 20170 found this helpful

You do not say if you are using a front loading or a top loading washer and there can be difference as most sites and videos of front loading washers are dealing with the odor/smell as these are notorious for that problem. It is true that cleaning to remove odor will also clean your washer but if you have a top loading machine then your problem may not be a dirty machine but may be that you need a different approach to doing laundry.


Sorting laundry is primary to keeping dark clothes looking good and we have all been guilty of having a small load and mixing light with dark. Try washing only dark clothes (all turned inside out) with just vinegar (not for heavily soiled clothes) and no soap - run the full cycle and if you look inside you will probably see a lot of suds because soap does build up and even with a second rinse is not always removed. Always use 1/4 the amount of recommended soap and either use only liquid with dark clothes or thoroughly dissolve powdered soap before adding to washer. Never crowd/overload your washer as this does not give clothes a change to move around and rinse properly.
If you really feel your washer needs cleaning, then run an empty load with very hot water and 2 or 3 cups of vinegar.
Use vinegar in final rinse and do not use fabric softeners as these also have a tendency to "build" up on your clothes.


This is also helpful - buy some netting (like the kind on a wedding dress) at a sewing department and cut it into 6x6 or 12 x 12" squares and just toss one or two in your washer and it will "grab" some of the excess lint. I have also heard some use old cutup pantyhose but this I have not tried. You can place a microfiber cloth in your dryer and it will also help to "grab" any lint swirling around.

When drying your dark clothes be sure the dryer lint catcher is clean and, again, fabric softeners cause a build up in your dryer and lint catchers have to be scrubbed to remove the build-up and open the "pores".

here are a couple of links that have some good suggestions that you might be able to apply to your situation.

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July 28, 20170 found this helpful

You can clean your machine with a gallon of vinegar only.

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July 28, 20170 found this helpful

I dont think cleaning your machine willcut down on lint. Try turning your black clothing inside out when you wash and dry it, and only wash with other black clothing.


usually lint is in the dryer, not washer.

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July 31, 20170 found this helpful

I don't get lint in my washer but for my clothes I wash in a delicate cycle.

Does lint happen frequently for you?

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August 1, 20170 found this helpful

Check your dryer lint filter and clean it. Normally lint is in your dryer and not your washing machine.

Be careful what clothes you wash together. If you wash towels with your pants this could be your problem. Also check the filters on your washing machine to see if they are clean.

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

Here is what you will need and how much:

Clorox makes a product for this too.

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