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How to Use Baking Soda to Clean a Washing Machine

Updated November 21, 2016

Washing machines are used on a regular basis to clean soiled clothes and other items. Over time, the grime and odour from the dirty clothes build up in the washing machine. It is important to keep the machine clean, and you can do so with household items--baking soda and vinegar. Using these ingredients and simply running two cycles, you can thoroughly clean your washing machine.

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  1. Set the empty washing machine temperature to hot and start a cycle. Allow the hot water to fill to the highest level.

  2. Add the 3 cups of white vinegar (or 2 cups of lemon juice) and 1/2 cup of baking soda to the hot water as the machine starts to agitate it.

  3. Wait for the washing machine to finish the cycle.

  4. Wipe out the machine with a soft cloth to remove any residue that might have been loosened.

  5. Run a complete cold cycle without adding anything to the water. Wipe out the machine with a soft cloth.

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Things You'll Need

  • 3 cups distilled white vinegar (or 2 cups lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Soft cloths

About the Author

Megan Richardson

Megan Richardson began her career as a freelance writer and editor in 2009. She has experience in public relations and event planning, and she worked as a writer's assistant to a published author for more than a year. Her work has also appeared in "The Daily Sentinel." Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University

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