How to Clean a Top Loader Washing Machine?

How to Clean a Top Loader Washing Machine?


To clean a top loader washing machine, run a hot cycle with vinegar, let it sit for an hour, then resume the cycle. Follow this with another hot cycle with baking soda, and clean the dispensers and exterior with a microfiber cloth.


How to Clean a Top Loader Washing Machine? Introduction

Regular maintenance of your top loader washing machine is not just important, it’s essential.

Just as you wouldn’t expect a car to perform well without regular servicing, your washing machine also needs some TLC to ensure it continues to work optimally.

By the way, TLC here stands for “Tender Loving Care”. 😁

It’s a term often used to imply that something needs extra attention or care.

In the context of the blog post, it refers to the regular maintenance and care needed to keep a top loader washing machine in good working condition.

Neglecting your washing machine can lead to issues such as unpleasant odors, clothes not getting clean, and residue in the drum.

Signs Your Washing Machine Needs Cleaning

Before we dive into the cleaning process, it’s important to know when your washing machine needs cleaning. Common signs include:

  • Unpleasant odors: If your machine or clothes smell musty or stale, this is a clear sign your machine needs cleaning.
  • Clothes not getting clean: If your clothes are not as clean as they should be after a wash, it might be time to clean your machine.
  • Residue in the drum: Visible soap residue or mold in the drum is a sure sign your machine needs a thorough cleaning.

Materials Needed

You will need the following materials for the cleaning process:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Microfiber cloth

Step-by-Step Cleaning Process


Before you start cleaning, make sure the washing machine is empty and all settings are off.

Cleaning the Drum

How to Clean a Top Loader Washing Machine? Cleaning the drum
  1. Set your washing machine to the hottest temperature and largest load setting, then add four cups of white vinegar to the water.
  2. Allow the machine to agitate for a minute, then pause the cycle and let it sit for an hour.
  3. After an hour, resume the cycle and let it complete.
  4. Once the cycle is done, add four cups of baking soda to the drum and run another hot cycle. The baking soda will help freshen the smell of the washing machine and remove any lingering stains.
How to Clean a Top Loader Washing Machine? Run the cycle using baking soda

Cleaning the Dispensers

How to Clean a Top Loader Washing Machine? Cleaning the Dispensers

Remove the fabric softener and detergent dispensers. Soak them in a solution of hot water and vinegar. After soaking, scrub them clean with a microfiber cloth.

Cleaning the Exterior

How to Clean a Top Loader Washing Machine? Cleaning the Exterior

Wipe down the exterior of the machine with a damp microfiber cloth. Pay special attention to the control panel and the area around the lid.

Tips for Maintaining a Clean Washing Machine

To keep your washing machine clean regularly, consider the following tips:

  • Leave the lid open after use to allow the interior to dry out.
  • Use the right amount of detergent – too much can build up over time and cause odor and residue.


Regular cleaning and maintenance of your top loader washing machine can extend its lifespan and improve its performance.

By incorporating these steps into your routine, you can ensure that your machine stays in top shape.


For more information on maintaining your washing machine, consider consulting your machine’s user manual or the manufacturer’s website.

Here’s a related post on LG’s official website.


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