Cleaning Your Front-Loading Washing Machine // Natural Cleaning 101

Cleaning Your Front-Loading Washing Machine // Natural Cleaning 101

Now that March is here, I’m ready for some spring cleaning.

There are some parts of the house that require a little bit more legwork during this process and the laundry room is one of them. It’s hard to feel like your clothes are clean when your washing machine starts to stink! Honestly, nothing sounds worse to me than cleaning my front-loading washing machine. As nice as it is to have a washing machine that stacks beautifully beneath my dryer, front-loaders can get stinky and gross really quickly.

Here’s an easy way to get it clean and remove the stink the natural way.

All-Natural Front-Loading Washing Machine Cleaner

Ingredients:
• 2 cups vinegar
• 1⁄4 cup baking soda
• 1⁄4 cup water
• Scrub sponge
• 10 drops Lemon EO
• 20 drops Lavender EO

Directions:

  1. Start by mixing together the baking soda and water in a small bowl. This is going to be the “detergent” for cleaning the washing machine. Then, mix the vinegar and oils together and walk on over to your washing machine with the two separate mixtures.
  2. Add the baking soda mixture to the detergent spout of your machine, but pour the vinegar and essential oils directly into the drum. Set your washer to run normally at the hottest setting. The baking soda and vinegar naturally break up mineral deposits and any mold growth while cleaning and refreshing your washing machine.
  3. Once that’s done, remove the detergent spout from your washer and take it to the kitchen sink and wash the plastic pieces with dish soap, just like you’d wash any dish. They may require some soaking, which I like to do while I do step 4.
  4. Use a clean sponge to rub around the opening of the washing machine, to remove any mold or residue. This is the gross part. I like to use my homemade, bathroom cleaning solution for this part since I typically find this to need some heavier work.
  5. Rinse off the detergent spout pieces, scrubbing where necessary, and dry them before replacing!
All done! That’s it! Now your front-loading washing machine is ready for use again!
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