Cleaning Your Washer

"Is your laundry looking dingy? Are you seeing spots before your eyes? To keep your washer spotlessly clean, it is important to remember to give it a once over every six months, or every three months if you have hard water. Is your Dish Washer dingy? See my recipe for Recipe #87538 ! From Talking Dirty Laundry with the Queen or Clean, by Linda Cobb"
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  • Fill your washer with hot water.
  • Add 1 qt of chlorine bleach (no detergent please!).
  • Run the washer through the longest wash cycle.
  • When the washer is still wet- this should be immediately after the bleach cycle- add 1 qt of white vinegar and run the washer through the same cycle again refilling the tub with hot water.
  • This will clean out soap scum and mineral deposits from the spin basket and also from the hoses.

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  1. PetsRus
    Fantastic!!!!! Bev I'm sorry I haunted you with all my questions, I did not understand the steps because my machine locks automaticly (a safety feature) when you select a programme and cannot be opened after the cycle is finished.Thats why I could not let it fill with water and then add the bleach. This is what I did: 1 Emptied a bottle of bleach in the machine. 2 Selected the longest programme and the hottest temperature 3 Switched on. Did the same for the vinegar wash.I have a beautiful clean machine and the musty smell is gone. Years of trying to clean it with little success by myself, it is now done by the machine itself with an incredible result. One thing I should mention is that when I checked halfway on the bleach wash there was foam pouring out of the machine, it must have been the years of soap build-up, I cleaned it and did not panic about it, also don't think it will happen next time. This morning I did a wash and it came out beautiful and fresh smelling like it should! Many, many thanks for posting this Bev!!!
  2. Braunda
    A Five Star all the way...with Shannon and family living here that thing sure had a bad smell for some reason? I know it works because my towels came out with the best smell ...Thank You so very much Bev...That is one thing I no longer have to worry about. Have a good day. Hugs
  3. Geema
    What a helpful suggestion and recipe! I had NO IDEA that I was getting a slimy build up in my wonderful new Maytag washer, but it does make a lot of sense to me. I'm off to the store to get the ingredients this morning. I would normally wait until after the treatment, but since I can't actually see inside of the machine or perhaps even tell the difference, I'm just giving you 5 stars for the very helpful suggestion, Bev. Thanks!
  4. Pumpkie
    this was sooooooo easy and so great, I had a funky smell in my washer, every wash smelled like it sat over night, the washer was clean to look at but couldn't get rid of it, this worked like a charm thank you thank you thank you!
  5. nsomniak6
    I haven't tried this yet, but I wanted to give a quick tip; If you use fabric softener with your towels it will make them more water resistant which is counterproductive. The same goes for using a dryer sheet. Although we all love soft towels it leaves a "film" which creates a bit of a barrier to water. Update: I have started using white vinegar in place of Softener to all of my clothes and everything comes out amazingly soft! I have an HE washer, so I use 1/4 cup at the most. Any vinegar smell always dissipates after drying.


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