December 13, 2022

How to Clean Stained Washer/Dryer If Even Bleach Won't Work

How to Clean Stained Washer/Dryer If Even Bleach Won't Work

Stains on your washer and dryer can be an eyesore and frustrating to remove. Even bleach won’t always do the trick. So, what can you do if your washer and dryer are stained and you can’t remove it?

Method 1: Rit Dry Remover Followed With Magic Eraser (Melamine foam)

One suggestion is to use Rit dye remover to remove the stain, then follow up with a magic eraser. Rit dye remover is usually used for clothing, and you must use an empty cleaning cycle afterward or run rags or old towels. Mix the powder with warm water and then scrub it in the machine with a magic eraser. Be aware, however, that the magic eraser may do damage to the finish of the machine. It’s important to note that the magic eraser is a mild abrasive and may damage the coating, although it may not be visible to the naked eye. A similar analogy would be the paint on a car. You won’t wear through the paint, but after a couple of years it won’t look as good as if you left it alone.

Method 2: Test Run With White Fabric

Another suggestion is to do a test run with some white fabric you don’t care about. Wash it and put it in solo for a long, hot cycle. It’s important to remember that darker denim is the culprit of this issue. If it comes out clean, you’ve just got a green dryer now.

Method 3: Laundry Detergent and Bleach

If it’s still staining, you can try using a combination of laundry detergent and bleach. Add about a 1/2 cup of bleach and borax or laundry detergent to a load of white towels or fabric. Then do a second run with just bleach and test it with some white fabric. This will help to scrub away any remaining dye.

Method 4: Rubbing Alcohol and Magic Eraser

Another suggestion is to try rubbing alcohol and a magic eraser. This is especially helpful if your washer/dryer has been stained from makeup. Just make sure to use the eraser sparingly.

Conclusion

Stains on your washer and dryer can be both an eyesore and frustrating to remove. Unfortunately, even bleach won’t always do the trick. The methods listed above may help you to get rid of the stain, or you may just have to learn to live with it. If it’s not staining other clothes, it’s probably fine. Do a test run with some white fabric if you’re really concerned, and if it doesn’t transfer, you’re good to go.

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