As humans, we try to have the best washing machine to use but we do not realise that just like your body needs to be maintained, the appliance also needs to be taken care of with some minor manual effort.

In India, there are two types of Washing Machines available: Automatic washing machines and Semi-Automatic washing machines. Automatic variants are available in front load and top load setups. Semi-Automatic ones are offered only in top load configuration. In this article, we will focus on discussing some easy to perform steps for cleaning the top load and front load washing machines with the use of conveniently available resources at home.

The most basic symptom of the cleaning requirement is the presence of foul smell coming out of the washer. Many people believe that the washer container gets automatically cleaned while washing clothes but the truth is the detergent particles or some dirt stains remain at the surface and that’s why it is recommended to keep the door or the lid of the machine open for some few hours after use. Moreover, washing machine brands also consider washing machine cleaning a major feature in the appliance. That’s why many of them are already offering automatic tub cleaning aid to make this an easy process for humans.

Firstly, we will discuss some basic precautions you can take while using the washing machine so that it picks up the least of germs and allergens.

  1. After the cycle completion, do not wait for more than 15 minutes to remove the textile load as that can lead to foul smell.
  2. After the container is empty, use a soft rag to wipe out the remaining moisture from the inner body of the washing machine.
  3. Keep the door open for at least 30 minutes after wiping off any moisture.
  4. If your machine has a tub cleaning feature, make sure you initiate the cleaning cycle every 15th day of use.
  5. Remember to clean the detergent tray with water to get rid of remaining deposits of the powder

Now let’s see the list of ingredients we need to clean the washer at home with manual efforts.

  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Soft Rag
  • Toothbrush

Front load Washing Machine Cleaning Guide

  1. Set the warmest water setting.
  2. Initiate the wash cycle with an empty container.
  3. Take white vinegar in a bowl and dip the rag in it and wipe the glass of the door and also the corner circumference.
  4. You can also use the baking soda and deploy it by using a toothbrush to get rid of any greasy dirt stains.
  5. Use the same soft rag to give the final cleaning experience.

Top Load Washing Machine

  1. Like in Front Loader, set the warmest water setting and let the water fill in and pour the vinegar and let the impeller rotate for at least 15 minutes.
  2. While the cycle is in operation, dip the rag into the same container and use it for cleaning the exterior parts of the body.
  3. Take half litre of the mixture in a bucket and place the removable parts like detergent dispenser in it for the same time.
  4. After the cycle is complete, let the water drain off.
  5. Use another dry rag to cleaning the interiors of the container
  6. Keep the lid open for another 30 minutes to make sure there is no sign of any musty smell.


Above, I have tried to help you with the best techniques to follow to enjoy a durable life of your washing appliance. You just need to have some basic home ingredients at home and alot 30 minutes of your time for your own safety.