How to Get Rid of the Paint Thinner Smell in My Washing Machine

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Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning cloths

  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • 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.

Paint thinner smell in the washing machine can make clothing smell, too.

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.

Step 1

Wet a cleaning cloth with full-strength white vinegar. Apply a dusting of baking soda to the wet cloth.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Rinse the inside of the washing machine by wiping it with a damp cloth. Rinse the cloth frequently to remove baking soda residue.

Step 4

Bleach helps to clean, sanitize and deodorize the washing machine.

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.

Step 5

Open the washing machine door and allow the inside to air dry completely.


Mary Ylisela

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.