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ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner & Descaler



Washing Machine Cleaning Tablets – Cleans and Refreshes Your Washer

  • Compatible with all washing machines, including HE
  • Penetrates residue and grime buildup
  • Helps maintain washing machine performance
  • Safe for septic systems

Size: 24 tablets

Usage Amount: 1 year supply

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Refresh Your Washing Machine

ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner thoroughly cleans inside your machine and removes residue. Scrubs the internal areas you can’t see!

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Penetrates Residue and Grime

ACTIVE enzymes target and break down grime buildup left by dirt and detergents.


Removes Stubborn Musty Odors

A stinky washing machine can transfer those odors onto your clothing.


Maintains Machine Performance

Cleaning the internal parts of your machine helps ensure it keeps running smoothly.


Compatible With All Machines

Works on any style of washing machine including top load, front load and HE.


A Clean Washer Results in Cleaner Clothing

Over time, your washing machine can develop odors from grime buildup. This can lead to musty-smelling clothes and decrease your machine’s performance.

ACTIVE's powerful, concentrated formula attacks built-up residue inside the washing machine.

  • Eliminates unwanted odors and refreshes
    your washing machine.
  • Helps maintain machine performance by
    keeping moving parts clean.
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ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner is safe for all machines:

  • Front Load
  • Top Load
  • High Efficiency (HE)

It’s also safe for household’s with septic systems.

Compatible with:

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ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner Instructions

How to Clean Your Washing Machine with ACTIVE


Ensure washing machine is empty

ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner should be used by itself in an empty washer. Do not add clothing or other cleaning products.


Add 1 tablet directly into the washer drum

Remove the wrapper and place the tablet into the washer drum. Do not put the tablet into the detergent dispenser tray.


Run the washing machine on Normal cycle with hot water

We recommend using hot water on “normal” mode to fully clean the machine. If your machine has an option for load size, choose “large” or the highest available setting.

For washers with a “clean washer” setting, use that mode.


After cycle is finished, use a towel to wipe the seal

For front load washers, some of the grime may accumulate in the door seal. Wipe it off after the clean cycle is finished.

Leave washer door open to air it out.


Why Is ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner Better?

ACTIVE Compared To Other Washing Machine Cleaners

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Why ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner?​

Washing Machine Cleaning Tablets To Remove Odor & Grime


Works With All Washing Machines

Compatible with all brands and types of washing machines – front load, top load, high efficiency (HE). Cleans both stainless steel and white machines.


No Harsh Chemicals

ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaning Tablets create a natural effervescent foam that scrubs the internal areas of the machine. Safe for septic systems.


Instant Cleaning Action

No more scrubbing and waiting, simply let these tablets do the work! Toss one in the washer drum, run a wash cycle, then admire the results.


Efficient Value Pack

Each pack of ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner contains 24 tablets. This allows you to clean your machine twice a month for an entire year.


Eliminates Odors

No more musty smelling washing machine or clothes. These cleaning tablets target the hard to reach areas where stinky grime builds up in your washer.

ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner Directions

Instructions for ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner

ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Your washing machine is an important appliance in your home, so you probably have some questions about cleaning it.

ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner tablets are unscented.

We recommend running the washer on a “normal” wash with warm or hot water. For machines with a setting for load size, use “large” or the highest available setting.

Or if your machine has “clean washer” cycle, use that.

Yes, ACTIVE Washing Machine Tablets are compatible with all types of washing machines including:

  • Front load
  • Top load
  • High Efficiency (HE)
  • Stainless steel interior
  • White interior

The cleaning tablet should be placed directly into the washing machine drum. Do not put the tablet in the detergent dispenser tray.

We recommend cleaning your washing machine every 2 weeks, or whenever musty odors are present.


ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner Reviews

See why customers love ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner.

Jill W


This is perfect! My new washer requests cleaning cycles monthly. Like I need one more thing to clean, or have special requests. *sigh* annoyed and definitely not going to the big box of chaos for more cleaner, I found these gems. They come in a 24 pack, which means I won’t get to order often. But when I do, I’m coming right back to this company! Save me money, save me time, clean the washer with zero effort on my part – win!

Jennifer S


Just tried this product for the first time. Our washer had a funny smell and had standing water in the bleach dispenser. I googled it and people said a hose was probably clogged with sediment. I ran a tub clean cycle with one of these tablets and the standing water is gone and there’s no weird smell. Very satisfied!



I totally made the mistake of leaving towels in the washing machine and going on vacation… when I came back my washing machine smelled like death Lol. I’m used to purchasing Affresh washing machine tablets, I believe it’s five tablets for like 13 dollars… we’ll unfortunately I was out and stumbled upon this deal. You get a whole years worth for the same amount of money, and it works just as well as the Affresh! No more stinky washing machine, very impressed with this small company and there personal cards make it even better.

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I put one tablet in the drum and selected quick wash with hot water setting, 30 mins later I opened the door and the drum was sparking clean! Not to mention it eliminated the funky smells too. We normally use liquid which costs more and it does a far worse job at cleaning. Will happily buy these again when required. Very happy with the quality and performance. Also, thank you for the note 🙂




Awesome value for your money!! I used to use the Tide packets, but they’re so expensive. I have a mechanic husband (dirty clothes) and lots of animals, so our washer gets pretty nasty. I like that this cleaner comes with an adorable little calendar inside to track how often you clean 🙌❤️




The product came in a nice box with a handwritten note for the seller giving me their information in case I had problems. The directions were very clear and simple to follow. I have used the product once so far and it did far more than 2 months of bleach cleanings ever did. Hopefully, a regularly cleaning with the descaler and I won’t ever have to worry about my “clean” clothes coming out of the machine covered in mud and gunk again!

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ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner Usage Guide

Cleaning Your Washing Machine With ACTIVE

Your trusty washer is responsible for keeping your clothes fresh and clean. But over time, grime and residue can build up within its components.

If you’ve noticed your clothes are not as clean after being washed or a strange odor is coming from the washer, it may be time for a thorough cleaning.

Why Should You Clean Your Washing Machine?

active washing machine cleaner grime washer drumCleaning your washing machine is about more than just aesthetics; it’s about preserving one of the most utilized appliances in any home, keeping it efficient, and extending its lifespan.

When dirt, soap scum, hard water deposits, and leftover detergent are allowed to accumulate within a washer drum without regular wash cycles, they can lead to various issues.

That will defeat the purpose of doing the laundry as no one wants their garments to smell anything less than fresh after washing.

Dirt Build-Up Can Affect the Machine’s Efficiency

A grimy washer could compromise its performance – that goes for both a top-loading washing machine and a front-loading washing machine.

For example, accumulated grime can block the flow of water or interfere with the detergents during a wash cycle. In other words, you’ll need to run more than one cycle before achieving the desired results – an unnecessary consumption of energy and resources.

Potential Damage To Clothes And Appliance Breakdowns

If buildup becomes severe inside a top or front loader without monthly deep cleans using products like ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner, small particles can dislodge during the laundering process, leading to stains on your clothes or even damage, such as snags, especially on delicate fabrics.

The Solution: Routine Maintenance Schedule

Fortunately, you can prevent all these problems by maintaining your washing machine regularly.

This means wiping down visible surfaces and using ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner Tablets twice a month for deep cleaning.

That way, external components will remain presentable while internal ones function at peak capacity, thus prolonging the machine’s life expectancy.

Different Types of Washing Machines and Their Needs

Top-loading and front-loading machines, while similar in function, require distinct approaches when it comes to maintaining cleanliness.

Top-Loading Washing Machines

Due to the design of top loaders, soap residue can easily build up in hard-to-reach areas. For example, leftover detergent can accumulate around the agitator or at the drum’s base over time.

If left unattended during regular cleaning routines, these hidden spots may become hotspots for residues and odors.

Front-Loading Washing Machines

active washing machine cleaner foamCleaning front-load washers tends to be more intricate due to the way they’re built.

One area that’s particularly susceptible to residue is the rubber gasket surrounding the door as it comes into contact with moisture from wet laundry loads.

To counter this issue, we recommend wiping the seal with a soft cloth (an all purpose cleaner will do) every time you run the washer.

How to Clean Your Washing Machine with ACTIVE

Here we’ll explain how to clean and inspect the washer drum, detergent compartment, and other areas that are prone to dirt accumulation.

Preparing Your Washing Machine for Cleaning

Start by taking everything out of the washing machine.

It’s also important to use the right setting. Ideally, you want to use a hot water cycle as it’s highly effective at breaking down stubborn build-ups of soap scum and hard water deposits.

Some machines also have a “Clean Washer” mode, which goes through a cycle specifically for sanitizing the washing machine.

Running a Wash Cycle

active washing machine cleaner tabletsAdd one ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner Tablet directly into the washer drum and run a hot water or “Clean Water cycle.”

The tablets will automatically dissolve and circulate throughout all parts, effectively eliminating grime residue along with mineral deposits – offering a freshly washed clothes experience.

Tip: If it’s your first time cleaning your washer in a long time (or ever, no judgment), we recommend running a second cycle immediately afterward. The first cleaning cycle will help loosen grime build-up while the second cycle will finish the job by removing the rest and flushing it away.

Special Areas That You Want to Pay Attention To

While ACTIVE will reach the most important areas of grime buildup, other areas require special attention, which we will go over below.

Bleach and Detergent Dispensers

The bleach dispenser often harbors leftover liquid, which can turn into grime over time. To clean this area effectively, use warm water and white vinegar.

Wipe it gently using a damp cloth until all visible debris are gone.

And don’t forget those tricky crevices around the drawer compartment. For that, you can use white vinegar and hot water – just mix the two and scrub the area with either a toothbrush or cotton swab.

Depending on the washer that you have, you may be able to remove the bleach and detergent dispenser tray from the machine itself.

In that case, we recommend washing it in the sink using a soft brush and some dish soap. Just be sure to wash off all soap residue and let the dispenser fully dry before reinstalling it in your washing machine.

The Fabric Softener Compartment

The fabric softener compartments tend to accumulate sticky soap scum if left unchecked. A toothbrush dipped in white vinegar solution works wonders on these areas.

Just make sure not to scrub too hard as exerting too much force can damage the compartment itself.

Afterward, rinse the compartment with warm water, then wipe dry with a microfiber cloth – that will help prevent potential contaminants due to moisture retention.

Gasket and Seal

Your washer’s seal prevents leaks during wash cycles but also creates the ideal conditions for residue to accumulate due to their consistently moist environment. Checking and wiping these seals regularly after cleaning with ACTIVE will prevent residue and odors from developing.

Maintaining Washer Cleanliness Between Deep Cleans

active washing machine cleaner tablets scheduleDeep cleaning your washing machine is important but you also want to keep up with routine maintenance between these cleans. That will not only keep the washer in tip-top shape but will also extend its lifespan.

Here are some tips that will help.

Air Out Your Machine After Each Use

Leave your washer door open after each use – that will allow moisture to evaporate, which will reduce the likelihood of contaminants forming. This is especially true for front-loading machines as they tend to trap moisture behind the doors.

Pay Attention to the Detergent Compartments

Detergent compartments often become soap scum hotspots if left unattended for long periods. To prevent build-up, consider removing them (if possible) monthly and rinsing them under warm water until clean.

Laundry Detergent: Less Is More

Be mindful when you’re adding your detergent – using too much can cause excess suds, which can lead to unpleasant odors. Not only that but it can damage the machine itself – this is especially true for high-efficiency models.

Common Questions About Washing Machine Maintenance

How Often Should I Deep Clean My Top or Front Loading Washing Machine?

active washing machine cleaner instructionsYour laundry habits dictate how often you should deep clean your washing machine. With ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner, running a cleaning cycle with one tablet twice per month is enough for the majority of our customers.

If you’re running more than fifty loads of laundry per month, you may want to consider cleaning it more often, roughly every ten days. However, due to the comprehensive cleaning power of ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner, you’ll likely be fine sticking with the twice-monthly schedule.

What Are The Indicators That It’s Time To Clean My Washing Machine?

If there’s an unpleasant odor coming from your washer or if your freshly washed clothes smell stale rather than fresh – it’s time to deep clean with ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner tablets.

Visible buildup on the drum or detergent compartment, along with reduced effectiveness during wash cycles is another sign that it’s time for cleanup.

How Does Hard Water Affect My Washer?

If you live in an area with hard water, mineral buildups (e.g. calcium, magnesium) can accumulate inside the pipes, and that can affect your machine’s efficiency over time.

Using a quality cleaner like ACTIVE will help combat such issues, ensuring optimal performance. Baking soda can also be effective.

Choosing the Best Washing Machine Cleaner

active washing machine cleaner guideA clean washing machine will not only boost your appliance’s performance but will also prolong its lifespan. There are numerous commercial cleaners available, each offering unique benefits.

ACTIVE Washing Machine Cleaner is one of them. It’s specifically formulated to fight against stubborn odors that can be problematic with front-loading washers. It’s equally useful for top-load models as well as it eliminates odor-causing residues.

The tablets offer deep cleansing action, reaching even hard-to-reach areas within your washer drum without leaving any harsh chemical residues behind.

ACTIVE Cleaners: Comprehensive Appliance Cleaning Solutions

If you’re looking to keep every corner of your home spotless, be sure to check out our range of ACTIVE cleaning products. We have specialized solutions designed specifically for all types of appliances and machines – from washing machines to coffee makers.

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  1. Mr. S


    Mr. S

    These tablets are a lifesaver for my older, front-load washer prone to mold. Monthly use keeps it smelling fresh without the high cost of a new machine.

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  2. Microchip

    Will buy again !


    Got rid of the nasty smell in my washer perfectly.

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  3. Daniel

    it worked


    Simple to use, effective, and the year’s supply is a breeze to store.

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  4. Happy Customer

    Does the job Afresh does but for so much less $$$

    Happy Customer

    Definitely a step up from the Afresh Tablets we used to swear by!

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  5. Isabella

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    Absolutely adore these! Made my washer and subsequently my clothes smell and feel amazing.

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  6. Katherine

    Highly recommended!


    Unboxing was a delight! Not only does the packaging look great, but it also left my washing machine looking and working perfectly.

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  7. Fall

    exactly as described


    Really satisfied with how well it cleaned my washing machine.

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  8. Rebecca Smith


    Rebecca Smith

    Perfect for my front loader, worked wonders.

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  9. Kristina T. Young

    Awesomely disgusting

    Kristina T. Young

    Tried it once and was amazed at the hidden crud it removed!

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  10. Carl Dixon

    Very good

    Carl Dixon

    Good price, arrived quickly, just need to test how well it works.

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