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How To Clean the Basket of a GE Washer

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Cleaning your GE Washer’s basket may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and a little bit of time, you can keep your washer running smoothly and efficiently. Not only does regular cleaning prevent unpleasant odors and buildup, but it also prolongs the lifespan of your appliance. In this in-depth guide, we’ll walk you through the process step by step.


To clean the basket of a GE Washer, first, make sure it’s empty. Then, open the lid and pour one cup of a cleaning product like bleach, vinegar, or a washing machine cleaner into the basket. Close the lid, select the Basket Clean cycle, and push the Start button. Do not interrupt the cycle. Once complete, leave the door open slightly to allow for ventilation. It’s recommended to perform this cleaning once a month or every 30 cycles.

What You’ll Need

Before you begin, gather the following tools and products:

  1. Liquid bleach, vinegar, or a washing machine cleaner like Glisten Washer Magic or Tide Washing Machine Cleaner.
  2. A pair of gloves to protect your hands from any harsh chemicals.

Remember to read and follow the instructions on any cleaning products you’re using to ensure safe and effective usage.

The Cleaning Process

Here’s how to clean the basket of your GE Washer:

  1. Remove any garments or objects from the washer and ensure the washer basket is empty.
  2. Open the washer lid and pour one cup (or 250 ml) of your chosen cleaning product into the basket.
  3. Close the lid and select the Basket Clean cycle.
  4. Push the Start button.

During the Basket Clean cycle, the display will show the estimated cycle time remaining. It’s essential not to interrupt the cycle, as this could impact the cleaning process. If there’s a power outage or the cycle is interrupted in any way, ensure you run a complete Basket Clean cycle before using the washer again.

Once the cycle is complete, leave the door open slightly to allow for ventilation. This helps prevent the growth of mold or mildew inside the washer.

Frequency of Cleaning

To maintain optimal performance and prevent odors, it is recommended to clean the washer tub once per month or every 30 cycles. However, the frequency may vary depending on factors like usage, water hardness, and the presence of odors or visible dirt. If you notice any mold or mildew odors, detergent residue, or slow draining, it might be time to clean your washer basket.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Avoid these common mistakes while cleaning your washer:

  1. Not cleaning regularly: Regular cleaning prevents the buildup of laundry soils, detergent, and hard water minerals, which can affect the efficiency of your washing machine.
  2. Keeping the door closed: After a cycle, leave the door open slightly to allow for ventilation and prevent mold and bacteria.
  3. Using too much detergent: Follow your appliance manual’s detergent recommendations.
  4. Overloading the drum: Overloading can result in less effective cleaning and unnecessary damage to your laundry.
  5. Ignoring the lint filter: Regularly clean the lint filter to prevent lint build-up on your clothes and in the machine.

Safety Precautions

When cleaning your washer, take the following safety precautions:

  1. Wear protective gear.
  2. Ensure the area is well-ventilated.
  3. Avoid mixing different cleaning products together.
  4. Keep cleaning products out of the reach of children and pets.
  5. Clean up spills immediately to avoid slipping or other accidents.

By following these steps and precautions, you’ll be able to clean your GE Washer’s basket effectively and efficiently. Regular cleaning not only maintains the performance and efficiency of your washer but also extends its lifespan, saving you money on potential replacement costs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use any type of bleach for cleaning the washer basket?

It’s best to use liquid chlorine bleach for cleaning your washer basket. However, if you’re sensitive to bleach, consider using vinegar or a specialized washing machine cleaner.

What should I do if I don’t have a Basket Clean cycle on my GE Washer?

If your GE Washer doesn’t have a Basket Clean cycle, you can run a regular wash cycle without clothes. Use the same amount of cleaning agent and the highest water level and hottest temperature settings.

How long does the Basket Clean cycle usually take?

The duration of the Basket Clean cycle can vary depending on your washer model. However, it typically takes around 60 to 90 minutes.

Can I use fabric softener during the Basket Clean cycle?

No, it’s not recommended to use fabric softener during the Basket Clean cycle. Fabric softener can leave a residue in your washer, which can contribute to buildup over time.

How do I clean the lint filter in my GE Washer?

The process can vary depending on the washer model. Usually, the lint filter is located along the top rim of the washing machine drum. To clean it, simply lift it out, remove the lint, and place it back in position. If it’s heavily soiled, you can wash it with warm water and mild detergent before replacing it. Always refer to your washer’s manual for specific instructions.

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