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How to Clean a Top-load Washing Machine

Clean a top-loading washing machine and keep your clothes smelling fresh with our simple guide.


As one of the most used appliances in your house, it’s important to clean your washing machine regularly!

Top-load Washing Machine Tips

  1. How to clean the exterior of the washing machine

    Follow these simple steps to keep the outside of your washing machine looking good:

    • Use an effective cleaning solution (for example, Domex Multi-Purpose and wipe with a non-abrasive sponge or cloth to the outside of your washing machine.

    • Once done, wipe down with another cloth to dry and remove water streaks.


  2. How to clean the interior of the washing machine

    Here are easy steps to clean the inside of your washing machine:

    • Add water into the drum then add a Multi-Purpose Cleaner or your bleach/cleaner of choice.

    • Leave the mixture for an hour before running a wash cycle.

    • If your washing machine has a mildew smell, run a second cycle with half a cup of vinegar to the machine’s drum.

    • After the wash cycle, wipe down the inside with a cloth to dry.


  3. How to clean the filter in a top loader washing machine

    Finally, don't forget to clean your washing machine's filter!

    • Turn off the machine and disconnect the power.

    • Locate the filter and carefully take it out.

    • Mix warm water and a mild soap together in a bowl.

    • Scrub the filter with the mixture using an old, but clean, toothbrush. Do not scrub too hard.

    • Rinse with clean water and dry before replacing in the machine and plugging it back in.

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Cleaning a smelly top load washing machine is a bit time-consuming but with fresher, cleaner clothes and longer machine life, it’s totally worth it!

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