How do I clean a smelly washing machine? by Beverly Jones Home » Questions » How do I clean a smelly washing machine? 0 Vote Up Vote Down Beverly Jones asked 3 months ago There is an odor in my washing machine that lingers on my clothes after they have been washed. What can I do to get rid of the odor? Question Tags: Please help my laundry 1 Answers 0 Vote Up Vote Down Jessica Staff answered 3 months ago Hi, Beverly! Try running the washer for one cycle with hot water and one cup of white vinegar. Once the cycle is finished, let the dryer sit open overnight to dry out. Is your washing machine a top load or front load?