How to Donate Used Washing Machines

Updated February 21, 2017

Donating used appliances, such as a washing machine or a dryer, is often much easier than selling them. The value of the appliance can be written off on your taxes, which helps you compensate for giving it away, and it can help someone in need at the same time. Often, charities will even arrange to have your appliances picked up for free, which affords you the opportunity to get rid of your washing machine without even having to move it yourself.

Look up a local charitable organisation's contact information via web search or a phone book. Nationwide or large charities may be best, as they often have their own trucks to pick up merchandise. These include, but are not limited to Goodwill, Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity.

Speak with the charity's clerk or operator. Tell him or her you wish to donate your washing machine.

Set up a pickup time and location, if this option is available with your charity of choice. Alternatively, a truck of your own may be necessary to transport the appliance. If this is the case, be sure to note the charity's address and contact information.

Meet the driver when he comes to pick up the washing machine, if a pickup was set up. The driver will remove the appliance from your home or business.

Ask the driver to provide you with a donation receipt. This will allow you to write the donation off when tax season comes. If you do not wish to recoup any money for the donation, this step is not necessary.


When filling out a donation receipt, be careful not to be overzealous when claiming the washing machine's value. The IRS may catch an untruthful value estimate, which could trigger a full audit.

Things You'll Need

  • Used washing machine, disconnected from power and plumbing
  • Telephone
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