Have you ever cleaned your washing machine? If you haven't, you should do it today! Why? The answer is simple (and gross). All the residues from your detergent and pet hair, if you have pets, create a thin film that traps bacteria, and eventually clog the mechanisms of your machine. This means that if you don't clean it, all those germs will get on your clothes.. (I know.. ew). Plus, nobody want's a washer that does not wash. Scroll down and let's get you ready to get a ''brand new washing machine''!
Here is what you will need to start.
- A scrubby sponge
- Rubber gloves (Optional)
- 4 Cups of white vinegar (I use the Allen's cleaning vinegar)
- Baking soda
- An old toothbrush (Optional but recommended)
* Any kind of distilled vinegar will do. I use the more concentrated one so I don't have to put as much vinegar in my house cleaning products. Plus, it can't hurt to use a stronger vinegar to get rid of germs: It's natural!
* Yes, you might find some recipes with bleach in it. I say: stay away from bleach as much as possible. It will only give you septic tank problems. Really...... don't even bother.
*After scrubbing, I like to load another hot water full cycle. Some residues will stay and I like to think
it rinses the barrel of all the vinegar.
Step 1: Make sure that your machine is empty. Set your machine to run the largest load, with the hottest water, for the longest cycle. Do not let your machine start the cycle yet.
Step 2: Add 4 cups of vinegar in the barrel and let the cycle run for about a minute.
Step 3: Open the lid and add 1/2 cup of the baking soda in the barrel. Let run for another 2-3 minutes. Stop the machine again and remove the inside parts (they also need a little bath trust me). Put the parts in the barrel to soak.
Step 4: Open the lid to stop the machine and let the cleaning solution sit in for an hour. While waiting, you can dip in your sponge and start cleaning the outside or your machine. And while you're at it, you can even clean the outside of your dryer!
Step 5: After the solution has sit in for an hour, take the parts soaking in out. Scrub roughly the barrel, especially where the water does not reach. This is just to remove the biggest residues. Let the machine finish it cycle and drain all the water.
Step 6: As soon as the machine has fully emptied, start scrubbing the whole inside of it. Don't forget the lid and bleach compartment.
How often should you do it?
They say (the internet says) that you should clean the inside and outside of your washing machine once a month. Honestly, twice a year is good. If you live in an area with hard water, you might want to do this every quarter. And if you are a really courageous person and want to do it every month, totally go for it!
You got this!