If you’ve begun to notice black stains in your washing machine’s rubber rings or the powder compartment, what you are seeing is a very harmful mold which causes several diseases in humans. You see, your washing machine harbors the ideal conditions for mold, which include moisture, warmth and some of the bacteria found in your clothes.

You can actually clean out your washing machine rather easily. To do so, you’ll need the following:

  • Baking soda and vinegar
  • A sponge
  • Rubber gloves
  • 25 grams of salt of lemon or potassium hydrogen oxalate

To clean your washing machine with these ingredients, begin by wiping the inside of your washing machine with your sponge to remove any dirt.


  1. Sprinkle no more than 1 tablespoon of baking soda on the mold.
  2. Dilute vinegar with water in a 2-1 or 3-1 ratio and pour into a spray bottle.
  3. If the vinegar smell bothers you, add a few drops of essential oil, like tea tree oil, lavender or citrus fruit (orange smells wonderful!).
  4. Spray directly on affected area and leave on for a few hours.
  5. Then, scrub the mold with a brush and wipe clean.
  6. Leave your washing machine door open to let it dry completely.
  7. Run a quick rinse cycle before use to get rid of the vinegar smell.

Next, apply your chlorinated detergent over your rubber ring, making sure to distribute it evenly. Leave your washing machine after doing this, with the door closed, for a few hours. Then, set your washing machine on a ‘rinse’ cycle and pour some salt of lemon or potassium hydrogen oxalate in the detergent compartment and set your washing machine as high as it goes. Once you do this, your washing machine will look brand spankin’ new!

I like to do this every few weeks to ensure my washing machine stays fresh. I also leave my washing machine door open after each cycle.