Cleaning an Old Washing Machine

Advice from Dr. Laundry
Q.

Can I use Clorox® Regular Bleach2 in my old washing machine to clean it?

A.

This is an interesting question!  My first thought is yes, but your washer is old so it depends on the condition of your machine.  If enamel or metal surfaces inside the washer have been chipped or scratched, then the machine could be rusty.  In that case, it may be time to replace your washing machine to avoid rust stains from transferring to the clothes. 

However, if your washer is in generally good condition, you can run an empty cycle selecting hot water, two rinse cycles, and adding 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular Bleach2 as the washer is filling.  If you can’t automatically select an extra rinse, then simply do that manually and restart the washer when the first cycle is over. 

Does anyone else need some helpful tips on cleaning their washer?