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How To

How To | Clean Your Washer & Dryer

Jan 27, 2015

Front-loading and high-efficiency washing machines are prone to gathering mold and mildew to the point that no matter how many times you wash your clothes, you simply can’t get that just-washed sweet scent. Luckily, we’ve got the answer to eliminating obnoxious odors so you can say goodbye to musty and hello to marvelous.

The Washer

Gather These Tools:

The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative, Scented Vinegar, Surface Cleaner

Run It

Empty your machine. Then, add ½ cup Scented Vinegar and 2 capfuls of All-Purpose Bleach Alternative to the machine dispenser and run your machine with hot water for a long load.

NOTE: All-Purpose Bleach Alternative should be added directly to the machine drum or detergent dispenser. Never add it to your machine’s bleach dispenser. 


Repeat the cycle again using hot water only (no product) to thoroughly rinse out your machine.  When finished, leave the door open to air out your machine. We recommend leaving the door open at all times when the machine isn’t in use, allowing moisture to air out. 

Finishing Touch

Wipe down your fabric softener and bleach dispensers with a wet cloth or by spritzing with Surface Cleaner.

The Dryer

Gather These Tools:

The Laundress Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth and Stain Solution

Lose the Lint

The dryer drum collects lint which can leave fuzzy stuff behind on your clean clothing and affect the efficiency of the dryer over time. To beat the fuzz, wipe down the inside of the dryer regularly with a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth dampened with a mixture of a capful of Stain Solution and 1 liter of water.

Don't Forget Your Filter

Remember to clean the dryer filter after each use as a clogged filter can restrict airflow and reduce your dryer’s performance. It’s also a MAJOR fire hazard.

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Scented Vinegar 16 fl oz

Removes Old & New Stains

All-Purpose Bleach Alternative 32 oz

Removes Old & New Stains

Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths

Removes Old & New Stains

Surface Cleaner 16 fl oz

Removes Old & New Stains

Stain Solution 16 fl oz

Removes Old & New Stains

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