Check this out –
I cleaned my washing machine for the first time, ever. I’m not sure why it never crossed my mind before – I put myself in a shower to rid myself of funkiness, and I have to clean the shower eventually. Soap cleans but it also sticks…
Which probably means I need to clean my washers – both clothes and dish – eventually.
There’s probably a blog in here about residue in a place that brings cleanliness…
And let me just say, eeew. There was a lot of crud in there.
I merged a few sites I found online to do the cleaning…just made a few minor additions – I used lemon bleach, I scrubbed out some of the tougher areas with an old toothbrush, I ran a load of whites after and added some peroxide to that washwater as well…
But let me just say, wow. I’ve already marked on my calendar – 6 months from today “Clean the crud out of the washing machine.”
The basic idea:
Fill your washer full of hot water and add a quart of bleach. Agitate it for a couple of minutes and then let it sit for an hour. Then run the rest of the cycle.
Then fill your washer again with hot water and add a quart of vinegar. Again, agitate it for a bit, then let it sit for an hour…and take this opportunity to use the mix in the washer. Dip a toothbrush and sponge in the water and clean your washer. Make sure to get in all those nasty crevices.
Finish running the wash cycle and voila! A clean washer.
Here’s some fancy blogs with lot of pics that give other versions (baking soda, lemon juice, etc.) of this idea: