Failure to clean and maintain your washer can lead to bad odors, germs, bacteria, and mold. I experienced this first hand when I began to see black bits all over my laundry. At first, I thought it was just the remains of a forgotten tissue hidden in a pocket, but it didn’t go away. I finally realized that it was coming from my washing machine drum, so I peeled back the rubber seal to look between the drums. I was horrified. It was covered in black mold and built-up soap scum. I spent weeks trying different strategies to get rid of it. In this article, I will share the best method to clean a washing machine inside and out, as well as the five ingredients you can use to effectively remove odor, mold, and buildup.
We will reveal some inexpensive, extremely useful and interesting cleaning tips which will help you keep at the highest level the hygiene in the bathroom.
Despite the fact that nobody likes cleaning the bathroom, but it must be done at least once weekly. Yet, we will convince you that it doesn’t have to be a boring or hard thing to do!
Here are several useful tips to help you clean it easily and quickly:
You should fill it with hot water, add a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar, and start a short cycle. After a few minutes, turn it off, and leave it for about an hour. Afterward, turn on the longest cycle. This will remove all smells, and your washing machine will shine like new!
Use sea salt and grapefruit to clean the bathtub easily. You should cut the fruit in half, dip the flat end in the salt, and then rub the tub. Afterward, just wash it with water. You can clean the kitchen cutting board in the same manner.
Use a mixture of apple cider vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice to clean the toilet and remove all bad odors.
To disinfect the shower head and make it shiny and clean, you should pour a cup of apple cider vinegar in a suitable plastic bag, and with a rubber band, secure it into the shower head. It should be completely submerged in the apple cider vinegar. Leave it to act for an hour, and then wash it off with water.
Mix some lemon juice with potassium bitartrate, apply the mixture on an old toothbrush, and clean the sink from rust. Next, just rinse with water.
Floor and tiles
This can be an easy task from now on! Just mix a teaspoon of your dish washing detergent, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, and clean the floor and tiles in your bathroom.
Home Remedies for a Smelly Washing Machine
There are 3 steps to deodorizing your washing machine, and all three utilize natural ingredients found around the kitchen: distilled white vinegar, baking soda, and tea tree oil.
Scrub out Seals, Gaskets, and Dispensers
The ultimate source of foul odor emanates from the seals, the gasket, and the dispenser.
- Use a toothbrush or Q-tip to get into the crevices and under the lip of the door seal or gasket and pull out hair, lint, and other debris.
- Wipe the inside and outside of the washer with a wash cloth soaked in vinegar.
Kill Mildew, Mold, and Bacteria
- Fill up the washing machine with hot water and pour in 4 cups of white vinegar for a top-loading machine and 2 cups for a front-loading washer.Add a tablespoon of tea tree oil as well. Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial!
- Run the washer for 1 minute to mix everything up, and then let the mixture sit for an hour so it can kill the bacteria and loosen up mold, debris, and hard soap scum deposits.
- After an hour, run the full cycle.
Run a Deodorizing Cycle Using Only Baking Soda
The fizzing effect that vinegar and baking soda creates is great for agitating hard deposits, but mixing the two together cancels out the baking soda’s ability to deodorize. This is why after cleaning the washing machine to remove odor-causing bacteria and debris, you should run a cycle with warm water and plain baking soda.
- Add 2 cups of baking soda to warm water.
- Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes.
- Let the cycle run its entire course.
- Leave the door open to allow it to air dry.