Cleaning a washing machine

How to Clean Your Washing Machine Cheaply Using White Vinegar

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: July 1, 2018
How to Clean Your Washing Machine Cheaply Using White Vinegar

Have you ever thought of cleaning your washing machine with white vinegar? White vinegar is one of the best alternatives to cleaning the washing machine with bleach and other chemical products. Not only can we use it to clean the washing machine, but we can also use it to clean many other parts of our home. Vinegar is commonly found in households and is cheap and easy to use. Do you want to know how to use it? At OneHowTo we will explain how to clean your washing machine cheaply with white vinegar and also talk about other uses of vinegar for our clothes.

You'll need:

  • White vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Cloth
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Steps to follow:


Cleaning the washing machine is a domestic chore which many households forget to carry out regularly. Yet you must clean your washing machine from time to time to prevent it from accumulating dirt and bad odours. But why white vinegar? Because it melts the built up detergent, as well as dirt and mould, in your washing machine. And because white vinegar is cheap, natural, and readly available.


Cleaning the washing machine with white vinegar is very simple. First you must switch on your home appliance and set it to a long and hot wash cycle without placing any clothes or detergent in it. What you can add to that wash is a good amount of hot water, if you want.

How to Clean Your Washing Machine Cheaply Using White Vinegar - Step 2

When the scheduled cycle is complete, you dampen a cloth in an equal mixture of clean water and vinegar and clean the inside of the washing machine door and the rubber seals. Afterwards, clean the washing machine thoroughly with water to eliminate all traces of vinegar. Make sure you also clean inside the drum thoroughly with a sponge.


Finally, leave the door open for a good while to prevent the smell of vinegar from accumulating within.


As promised, this process is very cheap and easy but experts say we should carry it out once a month.


Now, let´s look at other ways we can use white vinegar for our washing machine:

  • as a fabric softener: add half a glass of white vinegar to your washing cycle and you will moisturize your clothes. Vinegar is cheaper and more eco-friendly than normal fabric softener, and much better for our skin.
  • as a detergent remover: add half a cup of white vinegar to the last washing cycle to remove detergent thoroughly. Vinegar melts any residual detergent. Using it in the last cycle is great for people who have sensitive skin and for newborns.
  • to clean cloth diapers: as we already mentioned, white vinegar removes residual detergent. Since detergent can favor diaper rash in babies and make cloth diapers last less time, it is recommendable to add a little vinegar to the rinsing cycle in order to make sure that any residual detergent is gone.

Another great cheap and natural ingredient you can use for stains, bad odors and washing machine care is baking soda. Do you know any other natural ingredients to help us wash our clothes? Tell us!

How to Clean Your Washing Machine Cheaply Using White Vinegar - Step 6

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  • For an even better result you can also use 4 cups of chlorine bleach with the vinegar.
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