Getting rid of a washing machine is not as simple as throwing out an expired gallon of milk. They’re heavy (and costly) appliances that are difficult to move from one room to another, let alone to a completely different location. Plus, your old, run-down models can wreak havoc on the environment if you don’t take the time to dispose of them properly.
Of course, this leads to the question: How do I dispose of my old washer and dryer? Are there certain safety precautions I need to take? And are there any companies I can hire to pick up my old appliances so I don’t need to worry about them?
How to Properly Dispose of a Washer and Dryer Set
Whether your dryer is on its last spin cycle or you’re just upgrading to the latest and greatest washing machine on the market, you have several options when it comes time to dispose of your old laundry appliances. This guide will teach you how to safely get rid of a washer and dryer— all while saving time, money, and effort.
Getting Rid of Washers and Dryers That Still Work
Just because you are ready to upgrade your laundry room setup doesn’t necessarily mean that your current appliances aren’t of any use. For example: Did you know that many materials in washers and dryers can be salvaged and turned into new products?
Before you lug your heavy washing machine to the curb, it’s a good idea to do some research first. Many companies and charities are reselling or donating old appliances with the hope of extending the product’s useful life. Who knows, you might also be able to help provide for those in need!
Where can you sell or donate a washer and dryer?
If your appliances still work, you might consider getting rid of them through the following methods:
1. Appliance Retailers
When you purchase a new washer or dryer, many appliance retailers will also include free washer and dryer pick up for your old machines. This is a great incentive for consumers who either aren’t sure what to do with their current setup or simply don’t want to deal with the hassle. When shopping for a new washing machine and/or dryer, ask the sales associate if they will haul away your old model, too.
2. The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is known for accepting donations of old appliances of all kinds. To make a tax-deductible donation, you can drop off the washer and/or dryer or coordinate with a nearby location to pick them up at home. Just be sure to check whether your local Salvation Army is currently accepting donations before showing up unannounced.
3. Online Marketplaces
If you hope to make some money off your old appliances, you can try posting them on classified sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. These resale websites help connect you with individuals and families in your area that are in the market for exactly what you’re selling. However, it goes without saying that you should avoid selling machines that are no longer in working condition.
4. Local Charities
If you don’t feel like coordinating a sale or just want to do something positive for your community, you might consider donating your laundry appliances. Many local charities and nonprofits would be happy to facilitate giving your old appliances to someone in need. Do some research in your local area to find organizations that support causes you believe in. (You can check out our article Donation Pick Up or Drop Off Options Near You to find some inspiration!)
What steps do you need to take before removing a washer and dryer?
Washing machines and dryers are unlike many major home appliances in that they typically stay in the same spot for the entirety of their life cycle. (Unless, of course, you move house before you need a replacement.) Assuming your washer and dryer are still functioning when it’s time to move them, you can’t just rip them out of the wall and call it a day. Doing this can cause permanent damage to both the appliances and even your home as a whole. You’ll need to go through the entire process of turning off the water supply, powering the washer down, siphoning out any extra water, and detaching the hoses hooked up to the machine. Follow this helpful guide to learn more about properly disconnecting and moving a washing machine.
Getting Rid of Washers and Dryers That Don’t Work
Let’s face it: There comes a time when your old washer and dryer are no longer salvageable. And if you’re a first-time homeowner, you might be left wondering what there is to do with an old washing machine. In cases like these, you can always donate or recycle them to help conserve materials and protect the environment.
Where can you bring a washer and dryer that no longer work?
It’s important to responsibly dispose of your major appliances if they’re no longer useful. Here are a few simple methods to consider:
1. Local Recyclers
Take the time to find out if your local community picks up these old appliances. Your local government may have a recycling program in place to diminish harmful waste in landfills as part of an environmental initiative.
2. Scrap Metal Recycler
Before sending your appliance to a scrap metal recycler, make sure they will properly recycle your washer or dryer. Some scrap metal recyclers will even pay you for your metal.
3. Junk Removal Companies
Professional junk removal companies should always take care to ensure that major appliances like washers and dryer sets are appropriately disposed of. These companies can recycle as much of the junk they haul away as possible without harming the environment by contributing hazardous waste to landfills. Research junk removers in your area to find a company you can trust.
Are You Getting Rid of an Old Washer and Dryer?
Whether you’re moving to a new town or upgrading your home with the latest and greatest appliances, it’s important to learn the proper way to dispose of big laundry appliances. Remember: Beyond clearing space in your home, you also have a responsibility to the environment. See that your old appliance is properly disposed of or given to a responsible and deserving party. Have you recently disposed of a washer and dryer set? What are your best tips to streamline the process? Continue the conversation by reaching out to us on social media!
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This post was originally contributed by Joe Weidman, updated on 8/25/2017, and revised on 5/24/2023 by Emily Malkowski.