It is easy to forget that the machine that cleans for us needs to be cleaned too. In the past I have endeavoured to clean our washing machine every 4 months or so but since I have become a mother of two, I have been slack. Really slack. The machine was yuck. So yuck it spit up lint and dirt all over my white duvet.
I know the duvet looks pink…I took the picture while it was hanging on the line between red sheets.
I can’t tell you how angry I was with myself. I hate washing, but what I hate even more is re-washing things.
So before I had to rewash my duvet and put on the 3 other massive loads I had waiting, I had to stop and give my washing machine a little TLC.
To clean my machine I gave all the outside surfaces a good wipe over. I then wiped over the inside surfaces that gather dust and soap reside like the inside of the lid and the lip of the drum.
Very dusty and dirty
I removed the detergent and fabric softener drawers and the lint catcher and gave these all a good scrub.
Don’t miss the grime that is hidden behind your detergent drawers!
Once this was done, I could virtually sit back to leave the machine to take care of its own internal cleaning.
I like to use vinegar and bicarb to clean the soap scum and nasties from my washing machine. Not only are they a cheap alternative to commercial cleaners, I know they are safe for my family and the environment.
For my top loader, I programed it to run a normal wash and once it was filled with water I added 2 cups of vinegar and ½ cup of bi carb.
For front loaders, Stay at Home Mum suggests you add 2 tablespoons of bicarb to the detergent drawer while adding ½ cup of white vinegar to the drum during a normal wash.
I have put a reminder on the calendar to ensure I don’t let this job slip through the cracks. No more re-washing for me! Ha! Who am I kidding?
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