WASH – my washing machine?! Sounds interesting don’t you think? I saw this on Pinterest and finally decided to try it. I had realized that my sister’s clean laundry smelled so nice and fresh. I tried buying her same detergent and same dryer sheets, but that didn’t do it. What was I missing? Well I probably should have done this ages ago, but better late than never! I gave my washing machine a cleaning.

Isn’t this the most disgusting picture ever? No wonder my laundry wasn’t coming out smelling fresh, and instead coming out with a bit of a smell. (not a terrible smell, but enough to notice)
Quite a simple process and SUCH good results! Here’s how YOU can do it!

All you need is:

1 Qt Chlorine Bleach & 1 Qt Distilled White Vinegar

1.Fill up your washing machine with HOT water for a large load and add the   bleach.

2.Let your machine start for one minute, then open the lid and let it sit for one hour.

3.After an hour, let your machine run through it’s normal cycle.
4.Right after it is done, fill your washer with HOT water again on it’s large load cycle. Add the vinegar.

5.Just as before, let your machine start working for one minute, then let the water sit for one hour.

6.Before running your machine through it’s cycle again, take a rag and wipe down your machine inside and out using the vinegar water.

(Make sure to clean up inside all the spots you can reach, I was surprised to find clumps of lint, dirt, etc… up in the ring.

7.After the cycle is through, you are done and ready to throw in a load!

Here's an after from the first picture, I had to show you that it is no longer disgusting!

I was excited to try my first load and so I threw in our towels. Even after just opening the lid of the washer after its cycle I could tell a difference! I smelled and smelled…NOTHING! Now that’s great right? But at first I was wondering, where is that fresh scent smell?! Then I remembered that my detergent is non-scented..duh! But even NO smell is better than a musty smell!
I will definitely have to do this again - the post I read said to do it twice a year!

Now my next project is to make my own dryer balls and add essential oils to add a nice scent to my clothes. I am trying to use natural cleaners, are there any you have found that you like?

11/26/2012 03:55:54 am

Cool! I will be doing this!

11/26/2012 05:34:48 am

I like to use soap nuts for a natural cleaner! You have to spot treat stains though so I use detergent still for more soiled loads.

11/26/2012 05:38:30 am

Actually, just straight up vinegar on a rag works as a wonderful dryer/sheet. Just pour some on a rag and stick it in the dryer. It softens and gets the static out. I make my own laundry detergent from scratch. All natural, works great, and is cheaper (way cheaper) than store brand and 100% better for the environment!! If you want the recipe, or to come over the next time I make it you are more than welcome. It only takes about 15 minutes to make it from start to finish!!! And you can add essential oils to it for a fragrance. :)

11/26/2012 05:57:16 am

Me gusta! I might try it on our dryer that's not really ours!

11/26/2012 08:11:59 am

I have seen this on Pinterest, but haven't tried it! I'm inspired now.
Oh, and natural cleaners? You know where to find a Shaklee distributor. :)

EvieLyn Larson
11/26/2012 10:08:17 pm

Yes! It is so easy

EvieLyn Larson
11/26/2012 10:09:05 pm

Thanks! I'm going to try the vinegar! I would love to hear your recipe as well!


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