Use Your Homemade Enzyme To Clean Your Washing Machine & Rid It Of Odours & Mildew Buildup Forever !


Hi there, dear friends ๐Ÿ˜€

Two years ago, I had written about using bleach and vinegar to get clean my washing machine in the post :-

Remember to clean your washing machine monthly

However, since I started using the miracle homemade fruit enzymes (READ HERE on how to make your own enzymes at almost zero costs) for all my household cleaning purpose, my washing machine no longer has any bad smells and mildewy buildups. ย Because I also use enzyme to do my laundry daily, my washing machine is going to stay odour free and clean on the inside all the time.

For those who will be cleaning their front loading washing machine for the first time using homemade enzyme, here are the instructions :-

1) unplug the washing machine

2) remove everything on and around the washing machine

3) get ready the following items :-

  • a small pail,
  • 2 old face towels or rags,
  • 2 to 4 cups of enzyme,
  • scrub brush with a long handle,
  • a roll of paper kitchen towels,
  • a spray bottle filled with enzyme (use full concentration for tough cleaning, diluted with some water for milder jobs)

4) remove the detergent drawer. To remove caked mould and dirt effectively, soak it in some concentrated enzyme for the moment.

5) spray inside the area which holds the detergent drawer with undiluted enzyme

6) use a few pieces of paper kitchen towels to wipe off the yucky mess in the folds of the rubber ring at the door opening. ย Remove as much of the dirt as you can

7) dilute one cup of enzyme with 5 cups of water in ย the pail

8 ) wet the rag in the diluted enzyme and rub it all around the folds of the rubber ring. Rinse cloth and repeat again until as clean as possible. ย Pour away the pail ย of water that is now dirty

9) prepare another batch of cleaning solution in the pail, i.e. 1 ย cup of enzyme with 5 cups of water

10) wet another piece of rag in pail of ย diluted enzyme and wipe all the other surfaces of the washing machine, i.e. door, knobs, sides, top, etc…

11) use the long-handled brush to scrub at the area that holds the detergent drawer. If possible, do like I did – use a hose to spray some water at the same time you brush away the caked dirt there. If not, then just spray more enzyme or water while you remove the dirt. Flush or spray with water until that area is as clean as possible.

12) for the detergent drawer that has been soaking in the enzyme, use a brush to scrub away the grime there. If need be, use an old toothbrush to get at those hard to reach area. Rinse clean and put back the drawer back into the washing machine.

13) the final step of cleaning your washing machine is to put in 2 cups of enzyme into the detergent drawer, plug back in your washing machine and put it through a normal wash cycle (without any dirty laundry) with a temperature of 37 degrees Celcius or 98 degrees Fahrenheit. The enzymes work best at this temperature. ๐Ÿ’ก

There you have it…your washing machine is now clean on the inside and the outside and even the water pipe outlets should be cleaned by the enzyme….and most important of all, there is no more smells and fungus and ย mildew there! ๐Ÿ˜€

How to get your laundry really clean and good smelling ?

Answer :- Just add in a quarter cup of enzyme to the detergent! ๐Ÿ’ก

I noticed that when enzyme is used together with laundry detergent, my laundry no longer smells funny. Even the fragrance of the fabric softener is enhanced. Somehow, the enzyme helps to remove the bacteria in the laundry – a good confirmation this is my laundry no longers smells mildewy even when we have no sun and it has been raining for 2 days. Previously, in this kind of environment, my clothes will smell a bit mouldy and I would have to re-wash them again. ย ๐Ÿ™„

For really dirty laundry, just soak it overnight in your washing machine (remember to add in 1/4 cup of enzyme), and continue the wash first thing the next morning! Voila! My towels are so white and fresh smelling these days! ๐Ÿ˜€

Hope you can try the enzyme out yourselves to see how it will work for you. I bet you will be happy with your washing machine and doing laundry from now onwards!

With best wishes,

choesf ๐Ÿ˜€


12 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    […] READ HERE for my post dated 30 Sept, 2009 on ย second method in cleaning the washing machine – a […]


  2. 2

    louise said,

    Good Afternoon choesf, I’ve just been catching up on all your blog post that I missed. You sure have been a busy housekeeper. Not only do you give thorough instructions, you always “ping” my curiosity.

    I hope to one day try an assortment of your enzyme recipes. I am scheduled to move to my new house in November. When I finally get there, it will be so much easier to give them a whirl.

    The chicken and beef rendang sound most enticing. I would like to try them both. Thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge. It is truly appreciated:)


    • 3

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good afternoon, dear Louise ๐Ÿ˜€

      It’s really good to see you here. I have been really busy lately…this time with taking care and training a Beagle puppy! ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜†

      I have so many topics to post here but I am running behind … ๐Ÿ˜ณ …. I will put up a Chinese herbal prescription formula for the Influenza A H1N1 immunity….I was told this was what the people in mainland China are doing to counter this flu and surprisingly, given their large population, there is only 1 or 2 deaths there. In Malaysia, our population is only around 23 million people but there are about 80 deaths already.

      Wow, you are moving to a new home….that’s wonderful! You will find cleaning a breeze when you use the enzymes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      May you have lots of peace, happiness and success in your new home!

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€


  3. 4

    manila said,

    Hi Choesf,

    After a long time. I had been very busy. I can see that your cleaning enzyme is working wonders. It is so nice get a perfect clean without worrying about any chemical side effects.

    Hope your gall bladder stone are all ok now. My friend has some and I have given her your therapy, she will start that soon.

    Hope your family is well too. Take care,


    • 5

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear manila ๐Ÿ˜€

      Long time no see! How are you and your family? Hope you are all well and healthy, too. I am fine from the gallstones – since I last did my gallbladder cleanse a few months ago, I no longer have any gastric pains, bloatedness nor indigestion after meals (especially spicy or rich heavy meals). I still haven’t gone for my latest ultrasound scan to check on the gallstones…I thought I better not go to the hospital now that there are many cases of the A H1N1 Flu. ๐Ÿ˜†

      Let me know how your friend’s gall bladder cleanse go…is she need more advice, I’ll be happy to help. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Do have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. 6

    christine tan said,

    Dear Happyhomemaker88

    I am very interested in the gallbladder cleanse. I have one 4 mm and is delaying the operation. Would appreciate for the cleanse to see whether it helps.

    Also need to check with you for how may we keep the eco-enzyme after harvesting from the 3 month fermentation.



    • 7

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good afternoon, dear Christine ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m sorry to hear that you have a gallstone, too – if the hospital in your country has the facility whereby laser is used to smash the gallstone in a non-invasive surgery so that it can be passed out safely, it is good to go for that. Malaysia doesn’t have this yet and my doctor wanted to remove my gallbladder instead by surgery, which I am afraid to go through. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

      I have tried the cleanse 3 times and I want to have another one as soon as possible…it doesn’t harm to do them anyway. I still have not gone for my gallbladder ultrasound scan as the hospitals are now treating the A H1N1 Flu patients and I don’t want to expose myself there if necessary. Let me know if you have any queries for the gallbladder cleanse and I will help to clarify them for you. Remember to post your questions at the gallbladder cleanse post.

      The cleaning enzymes are usually kept for a short time as I finish them so fast as they are so good for many uses….the longest I have kept in a small bottle to wash my face is 3 months after fermentation harvest. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Take care and have a lovely week!

      With best wishesfor your good health,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€


  5. 8

    Zach Smith said,

    Using enzymes as a cleaning tool is definitely a good idea. The smell coming from your washer is usually caused by the accumulation of bacteria and molds. The live micro organisms in enzymes will easily get rid of those bacteria and molds. Vinegar also does the trick. Combining it with your hot water cycle will help diffuse moldy smell. But i find the vinegar solution a better way of descaling my washer. So for cleaning, this is an all-around cleaning help.


    • 9

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Zack Smith ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you for your information. Those who don’t have the enzyme can use the vinegar solution instead. ๐Ÿ’ก

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€


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    JP said,


    I discovered your blog a few months ago and found it really interesting informative. Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge!

    I have not been using commercial products to clean and do the laundry for a few years now. I use vinegar solution instead for a lot of cleaning jobs at home and I’m happy with the results. When I read about the citrus enzyme, I thought it would be an interesting twist.

    I made my first citrus enzyme (used white sugar as brown wasn’t available) last week and am noticing these: there are whitish stuff floating around and am wondering what it is and it is liquor smelling. Are these normal?

    Thanks a lot and have a good week!



    • 11

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear JP ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you for your kind comments. ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m glad you are trying out the enzyme for cleaning purposes. You will be very happy with its results, I’m very sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      The whitish stuff is some mould growing as a result of the fermentation, but don’t worry, it is okay and normal. Same with the smell, it does smell a bit alcoholic because of the fermentation process.

      May you have a good week, too! ๐Ÿ˜€

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€


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