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Cleaning Tip of the Day: Scrub Your Washing Machine Until It Shines

Jul 08, 2013

Cleaning Tip of the Day: Scrub Your Washing Machine Until It Shines

I never realized that a washing machine would need to be cleaned. Isn't that what the machine does all day long? So I was surprised when I walked into my laundry room and smelled something funky. The smell intensified if wet laundry was left in the machine, so I knew the appliance was the culprit.

A tip on HuffPost Home explained how to handle the problem. I threw a cup of white vinegar into the machine, ran it on hot and called it a day. (Side note: Vinegar is the salt of the cleaning world. Seriously--it makes everything better.) Unfortunately, a week or so later, I noticed that the musty smell was back (it reminded me of moth balls). So, I had to roll up my sleeves and take my cleaning routine one step further. Back to the internet I went, where I found the solution at Apartment Therapy. Here, six steps to a clean machine. 

1. Fill the machine with the hottest water possible, for the largest possible load. As it fills, add a cup of white vinegar. 

2. Once the washer is full, add a cup of baking soda. 

3. Close the lid and let the mixture agitate for a minute. 

4. Open the lid and let the mixture sit for an hour. 

5. During that time, roll up your sleeves and get down to business. I used a toothbrush and scrubbed under the rim and in all the nooks and crannies. You would've thought we lived at the beach with all the sand that was caked under the lid and in the hinges. 

6. Lastly, close the lid and let the cycle run. While it's running, use a soft cloth to wipe down all the knobs.

Once finished, my machine was gleaming. The smell is gone and the washing machine works better than ever.

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By Christina Anderson

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