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Makers Cleaning Cloths: http://bit.ly/makersclean We've made a few how to clean your washer and dryer videos in the past, but one thing we've never discussed (because frankly, I didn't know it existed), is how to clean your washer pump filter. So, in this video, I take you through exactly how to do this, along with some other deep cleaning methods you can use on your dryer. COMMENT QUESTION: What are your biggest laundry conundrums? MORE LAUNDRY VIDEOS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7F20C69951238DDD Subscribe for a Cleaner Life! http://bit.ly/CMSYT17 *** FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM! *** Clean My Space: http://bit.ly/CMSIG18 Melissa: http://bit.ly/MelissaMakerInsta Chad: http://bit.ly/ChadReynoldsInsta *** START YOUR JOURNEY TO A CLEANER LIFE! *** YouTube: http://bit.ly/CMSYT17 Blog: http://bit.ly/CleanMySpaceBlog Maker's Microfibre Cloths: http://bit.ly/makersclean Facebook: http://bit.ly/CleanMySpaceFB18 Melissa's Channel: http://bit.ly/MelissaMakerYT18 Chad's Channel: http://bit.ly/CheckYourLevelsYT *** HOME PRODUCTS WE LOVE *** Vacuum Dyson V6 Absolute: http://amzn.to/2agXtQ4 Cleaning Caddy: http://amzn.to/2auzGL3 Essential Oils: http://amzn.to/2akh6SX Barkeepers Friend: http://amzn.to/2agXOlS Spray Bottles: http://amzn.to/2agY6Jn Tide Free & Gentle Detergent: http://amzn.to/2aHw5J3 Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap: http://amzn.to/2akhKj8 Cascade Dishwasher Detergent: http://amzn.to/2akhi4H Oxo Squeegee: http://amzn.to/2awGmbP Questions? Comments? We'd love to hear from you - say hello down below!
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Clean My Space (7 months ago)
COMMENT QUESTION: What are your biggest laundry conundrums?
Emily Fraser (19 days ago)
Is there a way to have soft towels and use vinegar as the fabric softener? We don’t use our dryer, only line drying
Mark Strand (2 months ago)
I bought a used washer and dryer and once I looked closer they were pretty grody. The tray holding detergent was caked on with crud and disgusting. It’s so easy to remove and clean. Mine took a while to get clean. The gasket on the washer has some dark spots on that I’m afraid are mold. What do I use to clean it that won’t damage the seal?
LadyF1y (6 months ago)
@Stephanie Holmes Don't do his laundry. Unless he sees how much work it is, he won't think about it.
music matters (6 months ago)
Brittany Erickson (6 months ago)
Baby stains!!! Also bottom of husbands white socks, or armpits of undershirts! How do I get all of that out?!? And what about rags?? I feel like they never come out clean enough!!
Julie W (6 days ago)
My mom regularly tells me I should be cleaning my filter!
Riley Scott (9 days ago)
My bed sheets don't come out fresh and crisp...it's as if I hadn't washed them at all!!! :(
Rebekah Klassen (15 days ago)
We had a smell coming from our utility room so I looked up Melissa’s suggestion. We are in a rental and doubt this has ever been cleaned! I had to clean the tube with a coat hanger and got the sand and dirt out before the NASTY water came out. The smell we kept is now gone. So thanks! Again so disgusting!
Wendy S. King (22 days ago)
The vent hose also needs to be cleaned and check the exit point outside the house too. AlwYs keep the walls and floor under your machines wiped down twice a year and keep the back if the machines and the louvered vents clean. Wipe down all hoses and electrical cords too.
jebus chrimst (25 days ago)
this ain't a mom it's a newborn mother. hell I'd hit it and i'm over 2000 years old.
Moral Maniac (26 days ago)
Joginder Brar (29 days ago)
My washer does not have that drain filter door in the front of it.
Darcy L (1 month ago)
Its funny because where I live it is state required to get the vent cleaned and certified annually. Not a fan of paying someone to come in, but it does make sure you have the dryer vent cleaned regularly.
Judy Formoso (2 months ago)
A couple of questions I have pertaining to drying...How to keep the dryer balls (wool) from getting caught up in the clothes, particularly the fitted sheets. It can be so annoying. Also, how to keep sheets from forming into a big ball when I run the dryer. They don't dry evenly and I end wasting energy. I have a front loader dryer. Thanks for your tips. Great channel!
MojoPup (2 months ago)
You should clean the pump filter every 2-3 months.
Anita Prudnikow (2 months ago)
I have Electrolux and it dosnt have that filter what do I do
ivegottabeme1 (2 months ago)
My daughter has run the dryer with her apron in it that still has her pen from work in the pocket. Now I have ink stains all over the inside of the dryer drum-never mind her clothes. What is the best way to get the ink off of the drum?
stuocslrig (2 months ago)
you forgot a very important step. replace the same amount of water in your pump before running the next cycle. it will damage the pump if you don't. just pour it into the drum and it will run down into the pump.
justmadeit2 (3 months ago)
Ha, shes right, mums do always tell us where we are going wrong. Greetings everyone from the Justmadeit2 channel here in England :)
Martin Labuschin (3 months ago)
8:18 - "Laundry Today or Naked Tomorrow" - don't ask your husband :D
Sara1227 (3 months ago)
Thank you Melissa’s mom for the video! Amazing job done! 😻
renee skoyles (4 months ago)
What is the best way to clean the groove/ door of the washing machine?
Carol Spears (4 months ago)
I have an issue with my black pants developing a white film on them if left in the closet for a while. So frustrating when you pull out a pair to wear and find that you now have to wash them again! I THINK it is a residue from detergent that might have a fabric softener in it. I used ECOS from Costco for years so I switched. The other day I pulled out 3 pairs of pants before finding a pair without the white film on them and am not sure if they were from the new detergent or the old. Does anyone have a clue what causes this? BTW, I hate my front loader - next one will definitely be a top loader.
Joey Sal (4 months ago)
Oh the filter i clean every week or two..
Rabia Ayub (4 months ago)
Yes Melissa I do wanted to know about stiff crunchy towels please how to make them soft and fluffy
Lexxi Paul (4 months ago)
Make sure to put it on right. I just did this a few months ago and water leaked
Ashlee Sims (5 months ago)
I just found my lint filter... News to me! Thanks
Little Blizzard (5 months ago)
I thought you were 28ish!
Jennifer V (5 months ago)
Thanks so much to your mom!!!! I just cleaned my filter it, it was nasty!!
Alisha Rocks (5 months ago)
Omg.. my mom does that to me too whenever she comes to visit...I have gotten to the point I hire someone to clean before she visits...and she still finds "something" lol I give up lol
Shubham Nishad (5 months ago)
That is why one should read those manuals that come with every appliance.
Rosaria Gionomo (5 months ago)
Thank you for your suggestions, but I also wash the lint filter occasionally, because the dryer filters leave a residue that can lead to fire hazard
Martin M (5 months ago)
36, are you kidding? I'd say ~30, wow!
Samuel Bomorse (6 months ago)
I NEVER leave my washers door open and I've never had an issue with smells or mould.
Davina Caine (6 months ago)
A question from the UK does anybody your side of the big pond hang washing outside on a line to dry
Mrs. H (6 months ago)
lol. I am Eastern European and my US washer and dryer are like SF for me (still). They look like they are at least 20 years old, top load system (but no place to put detergent other than a little bleach pouring spot), it's that old that I could not even find an instructions manual and whenever I'm washing I prey for something not to go wrong! How the hell can they wash in just 15-20 minutes? Anywhere in Europe, most washing machines are smaller and need at least 1h -1h 30 minutes to wash anything! What can I do to understand my machines better? I always disinfect the washer with vinegar (on empty cycle) and in the dryer remove the lint, byt that's it😂 thanks for the tips, anyway!!
Adrian J. (6 months ago)
What about if the dryer is smelly inside? What do we clean the dryer drum with? Same products?...
Rita Holmes (6 months ago)
Towels are always crunchy and I can't get them soft and I can't get my top loader washing machine to smell good enough for me lol help Melissa!
gail kohr (6 months ago)
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nufoxiemommy (6 months ago)
Armpit stains and odor! I have tried pretreating with shout. Add vinegar, or borax to the wash. Nothing seems to help. Getting my towels to smell fresh and whites white!
Jaspreet Padam (6 months ago)
I use a vacuum cleaner for the slot in the dryer (the long attachment) - will that suffice?
Jenny Beck (6 months ago)
How do you clean the lint from a washer dryer. Please. Xx
Mixxmee xo (6 months ago)
Also for the front load washer leave the door open after each use so it can dry out and not get moldy and smelly
billy boop billy boop (6 months ago)
Do what your mum tell you
Katlin M (6 months ago)
SOCKS. Please provide advice on socks. I never have enough of them to justify a load by themselves. And laundering them with the rest of clothes can result in pilling! Helpppp.
Madison Angulo (6 months ago)
We have the non agitater washing machine and i don’t think it washes our clothes well...any tips?
Denise Mcrary (6 months ago)
Thanks for the tips. I got a hearty laugh from the elephant eyelash applicator. Lol
Amy Kate18 (6 months ago)
No a conundrum but a gripe...when my dad leaves change in his clothes, and over time, catches in the filter and causes flooding...🙄
Brenda Stoffels (6 months ago)
Even number of socks going in; odd number of socks coming out. lol
Anna Jane (6 months ago)
You forgot about the back filter. I have 2 in 1 washer and dryer. It has filters on the back - you have to turn off water and clean them. Dryer sometimes doesnt work if you dont clean them
Doha Helmy (6 months ago)
I did that filter part on my washing machine and it completely caused a problem in that area! right after unlocking the hole I realized that I shouldn't do this because the lock was held with some sort of a seal to keep it in place and prevent water from spilling! the next wash the disaster happened, the machine is spilling water from the filter area even I made sure that it is locked tight!
anaimartin86 (6 months ago)
No clue washer had filter I better look for it. For the dryer lint collector section you can also vacuum it but, definitely use that wand lol
Leann (6 months ago)
My washing machine is top-load. Do I have a filter to clean as well?
Yasu Leone (6 months ago)
I don't own enough clothes of each shade to separate my loads into whites, lights, or darks. If I did that, then my laundry would take forever because I'd be doing 3 small separate loads every time. It's doable, but it's so inconvenient that I always mix everything together. Now my whites are kinda grayish, but it's not terrible because I only have a couple white shirts. I like to keep it minimal. Any advice?
Ingrid L (6 months ago)
I found out about the about my washer filter when it became completely clod with dog hair.  My washer came up with an alarm right in the middle of a wash cycle that it could no longer drain because the filter was clogged.  I now make a monthly routine to clean it.
Anita Sanz (6 months ago)
Really you didn't know?? HAhahah I'm the worst housecleaning person and even I knew
Janet Grant (6 months ago)
Skanky smelling jeans. P U. Cannot get the smell out. Ugh. 🤥☹️
Rebecca H (6 months ago)
I had no idea what that little door was on my washer! There are many pets in the house so I’m going to check that today! Great info, thank you!
okichigai (6 months ago)
What to do if my machine doesn't have a "self-clean" type cycle? I have an older HE front loader. My biggest issues are: 1)lately stuff has not been smelling clean after some washes, so much that I'll wash multiple times, 2)hard water/detergent build up under and in the dispenser tray, and 3)mold in the rubber gasket that won't come off and my manual doesn't address how to fix this.
MilkCap (6 months ago)
Your house looks like a movie set.
evezzon (6 months ago)
My biggest issue is that i live in an apartement that shares a laundryroom with all the other apartements in the building (normal situation in Sweden though) and NOONE seems to care about the cleaning! I have to start with cleaning everything berfore i can start with the actual laundry.
Dennis Lo (6 months ago)
come on... nearly 1 million subscribers...
Reflections and love (6 months ago)
You don't look 36 at all, I don't look my age either. X
Lov!ingL!fe (6 months ago)
94harbi (6 months ago)
I haven’t ever had an issue with any front load washer. if use cold water for most of your laundry of course it will smell bad because your clothes aren’t getting clean and the detergent will be left behind. cold water should only ever be used for delicate clothes. Run a sanitize setting with your sheets or towels once a week your machine will never smell. For the filter clean it out once a month and run a sanitized setting with a dishwasher tablet that is the best cleaner for a washing machine.
A H (6 months ago)
I use vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser and the bleach dispenser along with dryer balls in the dryer, but still have static on clothes.
Robin Pooch (6 months ago)
Smelly towels even after being washed
Wow. This video came just in time because my whites were coming out with dirt on them. And some loads of laundry were coming out a bit smelly, even though we use the proper amount of detergent. Never knew about the washer filter! Yikes! Mine has never been cleaned because I didn’t know it existed! I know what I’ll be doing, after this video! Leave it to Moms to find the things we miss! 😉
Hi Melissa! I'm a newbie to your channel and LOVE your videos! I wanted to let you know that my hubby, who usually does the laundry, doubted your "How to wash a plastic shower curtain" video. I told him to give it a try and what do you have to loose shpeel. Well It came out beautifully! He said "I stand corrected, it can be washed!" giving you kudos. I do have 2 questions for you though: 1) Where do you get the plastic colored tubs for your 2 "basket system" of decluttering and how big are they? 2). I've heard some essential oils are toxic to cats. Since I know you have at least one, Are the essential oils you promote safe for cats? Thanks in advance for your fun and informative videos.
I so love your channel most specially DIY cleaners. Does vinegar enough to clean the washing machine? I use vinegar as fabric conditioner is that vinegar enough to clean the machine? I use top load.
Love The New Name (6 months ago)
Could you post a link to where to buy the radiator brush you used in this video?
Love The New Name (6 months ago)
I know it sounds kind of weird, but using a piece of crumpled-up toilet paper to wipe your lint trap will wipe pretty much all lint off of it, regardless of how much or how little lint is on the trap.
Simone Castro (6 months ago)
not every machine has the handy hose. some just gush water when you open the filter so have a tray and towel handy.
Let's Talk With Oana (6 months ago)
Moms are the best:)
dtec30 (6 months ago)
how do you stop the fluff and blackness build up from the back of the condensor part of the dryer can you put vinegar in the steam water holder to neiutralise it ??
Judy Thang (6 months ago)
I just now saw this video. I missed the sale :( I have a laundry conundrum... my boyfriend sweats a lot during his workouts. We don’t wash clothes everyday, so the odor builds up on this shirts. After a while, the stench just sticks on the clothes no matter how many times we wash them. Do you have a solution to keeping his cloths from permanently smelling?
Spencer Wilton (6 months ago)
To avoid crispy towels use the minimum amount of detergent only every second or third wash otherwise don't use any., and use a gentle cycle.
WurmHouse (6 months ago)
We also have an LG front loader and from time to time I actually remove the dryer filter housing to get a deep clean. It’s really very easy and usually only 2 to 4 Phillips head screws. Once removed you have way more access to get the stuff that the brush won’t get, like coins, buttons paper, etc. Love your videos you’ve found a subscriber in me.
Vern&Amy Spencer (6 months ago)
My biggest laundry challenge is getting oil out of my son's work clothes.
sulli1313 (6 months ago)
thanks to your mom. I will definitely be cleaning that drain pump.
Tiffany Noecker (6 months ago)
My shirts come out of the laundry with oily-like stains all over them. Mostly cotton ones; and I hang them to dry. What causes them so they can stop appearing mysteriously on there?
xChoMami (6 months ago)
You’re the best !! I love watching all your cleaning videos.
Barbara Slagel (6 months ago)
I have trouble cleaning out around the hinges of my top loader. The other laundry problem is not forgetting laundry in the washing machine until it is smelly! 😂
Keturah C Beck (6 months ago)
Hey, we became home owner last year and it came with a washer and dryer. After some amateur sleuthing we became aware that the previous home inhabitants had owned a large furry pet and every time I completed the laundry it would acquire a new smell (like wet dog) even after “clearing” the washer and dryer. I could get the smell to go away for short periods of time but I still have not completely illuminated it. I suppose I have not been cleaning it well as I had thought.
Roberto Laureles (6 months ago)
Melissa! Great vid! Do you have or plan to do a dishwasher clean video?
Jessie Peck (6 months ago)
Melissa! Off subject but looking for tips to close down summer cottages!!! Heard Bounce sheets keep mice away and cotton balls with peppermint oil. Questions like is it better to leave duvets and blankets maybe folded and left on bed or in trash bags? I would think trash bags might hold moisture and mold? Help! 🦋🦋🦋
Pat Wagner (6 months ago)
Besides being a lot more maintenance, the front loader door could be in the way when left open. A washing machine door or lid should be left open when the machine is not in use so that the machine can dry out. Top loader open lid ? Not so much a problem. Maybe people who have a stinky washer don't know the lid/door needs left up or open between uses ! My mother always left hers open....so I always have, too, & in 48+ yrs have not ever had an odor problem in my washing machine.
PlagueNPestilence (7 months ago)
Leave your door open, so the cats can move in and cover your clothes in even more fur lol.
R Lee28 (7 months ago)
How to get swimming suits clean! I feel like there’s always that chlorine smell...
Emily M (7 months ago)
Hi Melissa! My husband forgot his pen in his jeans so it went through the washer and dryer. The inside of the dryer has a blue stain and I feel like it transfers onto white clothes. How do I remove it??
Christine S (7 months ago)
This beginning was hilarious! give your mother a kiss from me..booyah for her ❤️❤️
Katherine Canon (7 months ago)
Mine is just when will the cleaning end 😂
2plus 2by2 (7 months ago)
Well, I did know the pump filter existed, but only because a friend cleaned hers out then didn't fully reengage the drain hose, next run of the machine resulted in a flood and the resulting need to replace the bamboo floors in her entire lower level which led to needing to replace all of the doors because the new materials used were not the same thickness. So just a word to the wise, make sure you reattach anything you detach during cleaning or servicing of your washer.
kbadalament126 (7 months ago)
Have your mom help with more videos!
Anastasia K (7 months ago)
I'm cleaning the filter once a week!
Eszter Törös-Szikora (7 months ago)
I am struggling with deodorant stains. I can never get them out of my husband's t-shirts, no matter what I try. Any tips on this one? I would be eternally grateful.
ASLchica09 (7 months ago)
What about line drying your clothes? Every time they are done, they're really crunchy. Is there a secret that I'm missing out on?
Teresa Keyser (7 months ago)
I need to know how to get fragrance smells out of clothes. We use free and clear products but our relatives used highly fragranced products, so it takes me 3 or 4 washings or more to get those fragrances out of my kids clothes when they go for a visit. Is there an easy way to remove strong fragrances? It's so strong my kids get headaches from it. I've added vinegar to the wash and I've tried baking soda, but it takes so many washes.
Judy Howarth (7 months ago)
I always use my vacuum with the long narrow attachment and vacuum out all the dust in the lint trap area. Really gets it clean. I always keep the top of the washer open after use..airs out but also I toss laundry in until I have a full load. I must do two loads a day with my family.
Jen Sheehan (7 months ago)
Great video! As always!! 😍 I bought something called a lint lizard...its an attachment to your vaccum that gets inside the lint trap and all the way in..like right to the aluminum vent hose that goes out of your house! It was $20 at cvs like 6 or 7 years ago, and it was the best $20 i ever spent! Every few months I’ll use it to thoroughly clean out the lint.
where can i find one of those elephant mascara wands??
Janni Kaab Festersen (7 months ago)
My washer says to clean the filter every two month.😱 So far I have done it ones in tree years. 😂

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