Washer Cleaner

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Recipe by DoryJean54

How to clean the Yuck from your washer. This was just posted in today's Heloise hints.I just got done using it & it got rid of all the gummed up liquid fabric softener under the agitator. Makes it smell fresh & clean too!

Top Review by bmcnichol

I have to agree with another reviewer that this made my washer smell nice but it didn't clean it. I used a whole bottle of bleach and it took more then a gallon of water to reach the rim. I think it took about four gallons. I usually use vinegar and bleach and that seems to clean it better. I do this monthly so I know my washer wasn't real dirty like another reviewer suggested.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 gallon jug filled with hot tap water
  • 2 -4 cups household chlorine bleach


  1. Set the machine on the highest water level, put the water temperature on hot & set on a "normal" wash cycle.
  2. Fill a gallon jug with hot tap water.
  3. When the cycle begins, stop it & add the gallon of water. Be careful not to overfill-you just want to get the water level up high enough to reach that yucky upper rim.
  4. Next, add 2 to 4 cups of household chlorine bleach. Close the lid & restart the wash cycle.
  5. After a few minutes, stop the cycle, but don't open the lid.
  6. Let the washer sit for 30-plus minutes to give the bleach & hot water time to work at removing all the "yuck" you did see & also that you didn't see. Let the machine finish the wash cycle, & then open the lid to air out the inside.
  7. Your washing machine should be sqeaky-clean & ready to handle laundry.
  8. Note: Before doing a load of towels, take one & wipe the inside rim of the tub, the farbic softener dispenser & other areas where "yuck" seems to accumulate just to stay on top of buildups that can cause odors!

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