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Sanitizing the Washing Machine

By Dr. Laundry November 1, 2013

How can I sanitize my washing machine? 

 

To sanitize your clothes washer, you can run a clean-out cycle while the washer is empty.  If your washer doesn’t have a specific clean-out cycle, you may perform this function manually. Remember: do not put laundry in the washer.

1.   Use hot water.

2.   Select the “extra rinse” option.

3.   Add Clorox® Regular-Bleach to the bleach dispenser. Use ½ cup or fill the dispenser to the “max-fill” line. 

4.   Run the cycle.

5.   Be sure you run an extra rinse cycle. To ensure that no bleach is left behind.  If this is not an option on your washer, then after the cycle you selected runs to completion, manually select a rinse cycle and start the washer again.

 Also, if your washer doesn’t have a bleach dispenser, then begin by selecting a hot water cycle (and an extra rinse cycle), and start the washer. Once you have a little water in the bottom of the tub, you can add ½ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach directly to the washer tub and then restart the washer.