How did I not ever know about this? No one ever told me. It never occurred to me that my washing machine needed washing, and I have owned a few washing machines over the last 10 years. Doesn't it get clean while washing the clothes? I mean there is soap with each load right?
Looking back, I realized there have been times in my life when things get so busy that I have completely forgotten about a load of wash in the machine for a few days. I am sure you all know what I am talking about. When I go to do another load of wash I discover that rancid mildewy smell that takes your breath away. So I would just re-wash the clothes and move on. I never knew that the mildew could stay in the washer, not to mention after many washes, your washer can grow mold. It also holds dirty water, mineral deposits, detergent deposits and feces can stay in the washer. This means that all the other clothes that you are trying to wash, come into contact with all that junk. It wasn't until I smelled my washer without any clothes in it, and realized it smelled a little funky. That funk is coming into contact with my clean clothes and then thrown into the dryer with that funk drying into them. There is nothing worse than getting out of the shower and smelling that rancid smell on your towels.
Here are some ways to clean your cleaning machine:
Whichever option you choose make sure you don't mix them together. I personally have only done the bleach option and it has worked well for me. I think I might try the vinegar next time. Always let air dry with the lid open.
Bleach: Kills bacteria and any feces left behind. Will also remove any stains, prevents slime and mold. Fill your machine with hot water and set the water level on high. Add 2 cups of bleach and let it run through the entire cycle.
Vinegar: Distilled white vinegar, a non-toxic alternative. Removes soap scum, grease and odors.
Fill machine with warm water and add about half-gallon vinegar. Run through the entire cycle.
Lemon Juice: For rust and odor removal. Add 1 cup lemon juice to hot water on high-level and run through the whole cycle.
**Remember when cleaning your washer to make sure it is empty of clothes.
***For best results try to clean once a month.
If you have a front loading washer, then be sure to check out How to Clean Your Front Loading Washer and Get Rid of that Smell!