2-Ingredient Washing Machine Mold and Bad Odor Remover
You might think that your washing machine is not the one that is giving that bad odor to your clothes, that it’s just the detergent or the fabric softener, but as you’ll realize by reading this article, that is not actually the case. You may notice after a few months of use that the rubber […]
You might think that your washing machine is not the one that is giving that bad odor to your clothes, that it’s just the detergent or the fabric softener, but as you’ll realize by reading this article, that is not actually the case. You may notice after a few months of use that the rubber rings in you washing are stained and your clothes are gonna start to smell funky. This is a tell-tell sign that your washing machine might have mold. Cleaning The Washing Machine Many sources are actually suggesting looking into using  potassium hydrogen oxalate (salt of lemon) and bleach as a non-toxic way to clean your washing machine, but in this particular situation, we’re gonna disagree. This substance is very toxic and if you happen to inhale the dust, your nose and throat might get irritated. It can also cause eye and skin irritation. If you accidentally get exposed to it, quickly go out and grab some fresh air and if things are not looking good, make sure you get medical treatment in the case of contact with the eyes or ingestion. Bleach is highly irritating and corrosive to the skin, lungs, and eyes – yes, it gets the job done, it cleans nicely, but all those chemicals are dangerous for you. Its fumes alone can cause poisoning and accidental swallowing may result in death. Instead, the safer option would be to use vinegar, which in this case compared to what we mentioned above, is a mild acid that can kill 82% of mold species – and if you combine it with baking soda, a natural substance, the results are practically guaranteed. What you will need:
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Tea tree essential oil (optional)
  • A sponge
  • Gloves
Vinegar is acidic, so it may burn slightly if it comes in contact with highly sensitive skin, but it’s nowhere near as bad as bleach is. It also goes without saying that you should avoid breathing in baking soda. What you should do:
  1. Sprinkle no more than 1 tbsp of baking soda on the mold.
  2. Dilute vinegar with water in a 2-1 or 3-1 ratio and pour the whole mixture inside a spray bottle.
  3. If the vinegar smell bothers you, add a few drops of whatever essential oil you like
  4. Spray straight on whatever affected area you can find and give it some time (few hours).
  5. Once it stays for a while, scrub the mold with a brush nicely – don’t leave any behind – and wipe.
  6. Let the washing machine breathe by leaving the door open
  7. Run a quick rinse cycle without putting anything inside to get rid of the vinegar smell.
If you do this every month, you can rest assured that your washing machine is never gonna leave a bad odor on your freshly washed clothes.     Sources: www.disabled-world.com www.usatoday.com www.goodhousekeeping.com