How to clean a washing machine drain hose

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How to clean a washing machine drain hose
Don't let a clogged hose back up your laundry day. (laundry image by timur1970 from

Washing machines are a true time-saver--most of the time. Sometimes washing machines back up, leaving you with a tubful of dirty water and dirty clothes. The culprit in these cases is a clogged washing machine hose, which carries the dirty water from your wash into your home's sewage system. Don't panic, however, as cleaning out your washing machine drain hose is a fairly simple process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Garden hose with sprayer attachment
  • Wire or coat hanger

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  1. 1

    Unplug the washing machine from the wall. This will help prevent accidental electrocutions while you are working.

  2. 2

    Move the washing machine away from the wall far enough for you to be able to work behind it.

  3. 3

    Detach the hose from the back of the washer. In most models, you'll unscrew the coupling that holds the washer in place and then remove the hose. Some models have a hose that screws straight into the back of the washer. Don't let the hose fall to the ground after removal, or you'll have a floor soaked with dirty wash water.

  4. 4

    Remove the other end of the hose from the drainpipe. It might be clipped or tied into place, so remove that first.

  5. 5

    Empty the hose outside or in a sink, removing as much of the water and anything backing it up as you can.

  6. 6

    Attach a sprayer to your garden hose if it is not already on there. Aim the sprayer down the mouth of the washer hose and give it a full blast of water. If the hose still isn't draining properly, take a piece of wire or coat hanger and run it through the hose to push anything inside out the other end.

Tips and warnings

  • Always use caution when working around water and electricity.

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