Mildew, gunk, and foul odours. These are some problems that you may have with your washing machines. It may sound odd to have to clean your washing machines (aren’t they constantly being washed and rinsed along with your laundry?), but yes, they do require cleaning.
While those ink stains on your clothes disappear, sometimes we wonder whether our freshly laundered clothes are actually clean. It is hygienically essential that your washing machines get cleaned once every four months (or even once a month), to prevent mold growth and unpleasant odours derived resulting from residue; laundry soils, detergent, fabric pieces, hair, hard water minerals etc. Residue may result in health problems as it can cause bacteria, infections, viruses and dust mites to spread on your clothes, body and skin. How repulsive!
One of the most effective ingredients used for safely removing mildew, preventing mold growth and eliminating foul odours is enzyme cleaners. Enzyme cleaners are harmless as they consist of natural, non-abrasive contents and neutral pH levels which support residual cleaning; continuously cleans well after product is applied inside the washer. However, there are alternative products you can use to clean your washing machines - which you probably already have in your home!
Keep in mind, methods vary slightly depending on your whether your machine is front-loading or top-loading.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cups of vinegar
- ¼ cup enzyme cleaner or baking soda
- ¼ cup of water
- Toothbrush or sponge
- Microfibre cloth
Method for Front-Loading Machine:
- Mix the baking soda and water in a small bowl. If you are using an enzyme cleaner, use it on its own. This acts as a ‘detergent’ for cleaning the washing machine.
- Add the mixture to the detergent container and pour the vinegar into the drum.
- Set the washer to the highest level and hottest temperature for maximum effect. The vinegar, baking soda and/or enzyme cleaner naturally breaks up minerals to clean the washer, as well as preventing mold growth.
- Gently wipe off residue around the gasket of the washer with a sponge or toothbrush (to get around every nooks and crannies) and wipe clean with fresh water.
Method for Top-Loading Machine:
- Set the washer to the highest setting and hottest temperature.
- Add white vinegar to the wash cycle.
- After a few minutes, pause the machine and allow the vinegar to set for an hour.
- Meanwhile, gently wipe the top of the washer with a microfiber cloth dipped in hot vinegar from the washer. Clean the fabric softener and bleach dispensers with toothbrush or sponge. Continue wash cycle.
- Repeat wash cycle using 1 cup of enzyme cleaner or baking soda.
- Remove any leftover residue on the top of the washer with sponge.
Aside from cleaning the washers, there are certain ways to prevent mold and odour mishaps! Simple steps like immediately removing your clothes after the cycle is complete, regularly wiping the rubber door gasket (front-loading machines) after wash, and leaving the door slightly open to allow the machine to dry are just a few simple things you can do in between cleaning days.
Simple, but effective and brilliant!
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