Despite the exposure to detergent and water, your washing machine can get dirty and retain odors. When clothing or rags with paint thinner are laundered, residual odor can be left behind inside the washing machine. When left in the machine, paint thinner smell can be transferred to the next load of wash. To avoid this occurrence and remove the chemical odor from your washing machine, you must use effective cleaning supplies and methods to clean and deodorize your appliance.
Wet a cleaning cloth with full-strength white vinegar. Apply a dusting of baking soda to the wet cloth.
Scrub the inside of the washing machine, including the underside of the lid or door. Add more vinegar and baking soda as needed to clean the washing machine and deodorize the smell of paint thinner.
Rinse the inside of the washing machine by wiping it with a damp cloth. Rinse the cloth frequently to remove baking soda residue.
Pour 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach into the bleach dispenser. Fill the washing machine with hot water and run it on a full cycle.
Open the washing machine door and allow the inside to air dry completely.