Clean Your Washing Machine

Your clothes washer requires regular cleaning, which not only helps to extend the life of your appliance, but it also can improve its ability to do the job in an effective and efficient manner.

Clean your washing machine.

What Needs To Be Done:

Your clothes washer needs to be cleaned regularly.

Why Do It?

Here's a some common reasons why your washing machine may need cleaning and servicing:

Soil and Detergent Residue: Dirt and residue can build up in areas of your washing machine that you cannot see.

Odor Prevention: Odors from soiled laundry and residue can attach themselves to your machine. Cleaning may help remove these odors.

Dirt and Sand: Dirt, sand and other abrasives from your clothes can end up in your washing machine, which may damage the machine if not removed.

How Often?

Your cleaning frequency will depend on what you're trying to accomplish. Check your user manual for cleaning recommendations and instructions. Here are some rules of thumb:

  • Odors and Residue: Many manufacturers, including Whirlpool and Maytag, recommend that owners who want to prevent odors and residue clean their high-efficiency washing machines once per month.
  • Dirt and Sand: Cleaning for dirt and sand can be done on an as-needed basis. You may notice grains of dirt or sand at the bottom of the washer tub.

How To Do It:

Once again, it depends on exactly what you are trying to clean from your washing machine. Here are some guidelines:

Residue: Some manufacturers recommend using a special washing machine cleaner to clean residue from your high-efficiency machine. If you have this cleaner, you should follow the instructions on the packaging, but essentially you pour the cleaner into the machine and run a cycle.

Odor: Running your washing machine on a full cycle with 1/3 cup of bleach can help eliminate an odor problem, according to Maytag. Remember to run the machine with only the bleach and water—no clothes

Dirt and Sand: A simple wet rag can be used to wipe dirt and sand from the bottom of the washer tub.

Regular cleaning is an important to way to ensure hassle-free operation and a long life for your machine. Always defer to your user manual for specific cleaning tips. And if the above methods do not work to effectively clean your machine, you should call in a professional.

If you want help remembering to clean your washing machine, sign up for the Allstate Maintenance Reminder.


This section highlights examples of precautions you can consider to help maintain your personal property. Please recognize that a particular precaution may not be appropriate or effective in every circumstance, and that taking preventive measures cannot guarantee any outcome. We encourage you to use your own good judgment about what's appropriate, and always consider safety.

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