Things You'll Need
1/2 cup chlorine bleach
Soak rags and clothing that smell like paint thinner in a bucket filled with undiluted white vinegar before washing. Add 1 cup of baking soda to the wash cycle when washing stinky clothing or textiles. The baking soda helps get rid of odors on the fabric and prevents them from remaining inside the washing machine. Always leave the door of the washing machine open after use to allow the inside to dry and prevent odors from being trapped inside.
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.
- University of Kentucky; Odors -- What's That Smell?; Linda R. Adler; January 1997
- "Good Housekeeping"; How to Clean a Washing Machine; Christina Peterson; April 2011
- "Mother Earth News"; Greener Cleaners: 5 Ingredients for Less Toxic Cleaning: Baking Soda, Vinegar; Annie Berthold-Bond; April/May 2004
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.