From time to time, your washing machine-the machine responsible for cleaning not only your cloth diapers, but your entire family’s laundering needs-can be subject to build up. After all, you are putting soiled and dirty things into it to be cleaned on a regular basis.
Why and how does buildup happen?
Residue from laundry detergents and fabric softeners can cling to the inside of your washer, causing mildew and even mold at times!
To clean your washer and remove build-up, you will need two magical ingredients: Baking Soda & Vinegar!
First, run a cycle of hot water along with two cups of vinegar and add 1 cup of baking soda to loosen up the soap and grime. Remove the fabric softener receptacle and soak it in hot water and detergent. Clean the bleach dispenser with a spray cleaner, paper towels, and Q-tips. Don’t forget to clean the top rim of the wash bucket which is up and under where it can’t usually be seen easily. Run the washer empty on a hot cycle one more time.
While this is going on, check all your hoses for leaks. Over time, the water hoses that came with your washing machine may start to leak or even burst. It is good preventive maintenance to check these hoses from time to time for any sign of wear or weakness. Most manufacturers recommend replacing hoses every 5 years. Make sure your hoses are not a disaster waiting to happen!
Once you’ve soaked the fabric softener receptacle, replace it and polish up the outside of your washing machine with vinegar and a cloth towel. Your washing machine now looks better and will run better as well! Please remember to do this every couple of months to prevent build up from happening over time.
If you have a front loader, make sure that you leave the washer door open to ventilate and to dry out after each and every wash-this helps keep buildup at bay as well!
Another tip for preventing buildup and residue is to take your clothes or cloth diapers out immediately following the wash. I know, I know! This can be so hard to remember! As a mom, I tend to forget things-including THIS, but it is vital in keeping your machine clean!
If you take good care of your washer, it will take good care of you.