How to clean a washing machine with bleach

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How to clean a washing machine with bleach
Rinse out your washer with bleach. (

If your washer isn't clean, you can't expect what you put into it to come out clean either. Dirt finds a way into the washing machine, especially with kids around, and it doesn't leave. Cleaning these streaks and stains is easily accomplished with a little time and bleach.

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Things you need

  • Bleach
  • Soft towel

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  1. 1

    Turn on the washing machine and allow it to fill up with hot water.

  2. 2

    Add 474 ml (2 cups) of bleach.

  3. 3

    Turn off the machine and allow the bleach and water to soak in the barrel for an hour.

  4. 4

    Turn the machine on and allow it to run through a full cycle. The washing machine will rinse away all of the bleach on its own.

  5. 5

    Dry the inside of the barrel with a clean, dry towel.

Tips and warnings

  • Add 200 g (1 cup) of baking soda to the washing machine with the bleach for an even better cleaning job.
  • Vinegar is an environmentally safe alternative to bleach.

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