Updated February 27, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Washing Machine Cleaners

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We spent 25 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. If your laundry room has a stench that's not coming from your dirty, sweaty clothes, it may be time to clean your washing machine. Mold, mildew, and other odor-causing residue can build up in areas you can't see and, before you know it, a funky odor starts to develop. These cleaners are the solution to de-funk your appliance and leave it looking and smelling like new again. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best washing machine cleaner on Amazon.

10. Weiman Spray 'N Go

9. Kleenite Kleen

8. OxiClean with Odor Blaster

7. Smelly Washer All-Natural

6. Oh Yuk Orange Scent

5. Gain Refresher

4. Tide Single Use

3. Affresh Value

2. Lemi Shine Multi-Use

1. Glisten Washer Magic

Editor's Notes

February 26, 2019:

Some may find it odd to clean a washing machine, since it seems like they should technically be cleaning themselves every time they are run. Unfortunately, this isn't true. Many laundry detergents leave behind greasy residue that acts as a catch-all for bacteria, dirt, and other grime, which can quickly lead to a foul odor. Luckily, these dedicated machine cleaners can obliterate that built-up gunk in no time, and get rid of the funky smell while they are at it. If you clean your clothes with a liquid soap, and prefer your appliance cleaner also be in liquid form, then you'll want to check out Glisten Washer Magic, Oh Yuk Orange Scent, Smelly Washer All-Natural, Kleenite Kleen, and Weiman Spray 'N Go. On the other hand, if you prefer the convenience of a one time-use tablet or pouch of powder, you'll want to consider Lemi Shine Multi-Use, Affresh Value, Tide Single Use, Gain Refresher, and OxiClean with Odor Blaster. Some options can even be used to clean other appliances, like Lemi Shine Multi-Use and Smelly Washer All-Natural, the latter of which can also get rid of rancid mold and mildew smells on towels.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on February 27, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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