Washer Cleaner

"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!"
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Ready In:
1 gallon


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


  • Set the machine on the highest water level, put the water temperature on hot & set on a "normal" wash cycle.
  • Fill a gallon jug with hot tap water.
  • 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.
  • Next, add 2 to 4 cups of household chlorine bleach. Close the lid & restart the wash cycle.
  • After a few minutes, stop the cycle, but don't open the lid.
  • 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.
  • Your washing machine should be sqeaky-clean & ready to handle laundry.
  • 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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  1. 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.
  2. This worked. The other raters washing machine must have been really bad. This cleaned it nicely and it smelled really good as I used lavendar scented bleach.
  3. It smelled nice, but it didn't really get it clean. I'll try it again and fill it higher.


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