Sometimes when my house is overwhelming I do a task that makes no sense. Cleaning the inside of my washing machine? I cannot remember if I have even ever done that. So today, instead of mopping or folding clothes which were both tasks on my to-do lists, I cleaned the washing machine that I hadn’t even thought to put on my to-do list.
Now if you have started thinking you too need to clean your washing machine, let me tell you how easy it is! Washing machines hold moisture, and therefore grow, well, ick. I didn’t snap a before picture of the inside of the agitator, but suffice it to say it was completely disgusting.
Adjust your settings to the hottest cycle for the largest load. Fill your washing machine and add 1 cup of bleach. As I was filling my washer I used a tooth brush to clean around the top rim, which is optional but worth noting. Let bleach water soak in machine for approximately an hour before running cycle.
Once your washing machine has finished washing with the bleach, refill and repeat with 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Vinegar is excellent for removing any mineral deposits and scum left behind by detergents.
If you aren’t a fan of bleach, hydrogen peroxide can be used in its place. If your washer comes with a detergent tray remove and sanitize it after your second wash.
Getting a clean washing machine is an easy chore to complete. When you rely on something to clean for you, make sure you are properly cleaning it!