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New Year – Clean Washing Machine!

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Did you ever wonder about whether or not your washing machine needs to be cleaned?

Well, your Two Chums did and came up with this answer, thanks to Yahoo Shine!

Yes, of course your washing machine needs to be cleaned and here is how you do it.   (This is for top loading washing machines.)

You need:

• 1 quart of bleach (many tutorials went without the bleach step, if you’re concerned about using harsh agents in your laundry)
• 1 quart of white vinegar

Fill the empty washer with hot water, as if you’re doing a large load of laundry. Add the quart of bleach, and let the full machine run for one minute to mix up the bleach with the water. Open the top of the machine and let it sit, all bleach-y and full, for an hour. At the end of the hour, shut the cover and let the machine run a complete cycle.

When it’s done, start again. This time, when you fill the washer with hot water, add the quart of white vinegar to the water and down the bleach channel and let the machine run for a minute to agitate the water and vinegar. After that minute, open the top of the machine and again, let the hot water sit in the basin for an hour before you let the cycle complete.

Not only does the process make the room smell fresh, but the inside of the basin will feel so smooth and clean, like after you exfoliate your face, no longer rough to the touch with the hard water spots and soap build-ups. It also only takes about 2 hours and less than $3.

Cleanliness is ……….GREAT!

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  1. Mayra #

    Hi Amigas! How do you do this with front-loading washers? I’ve not been happy with mine because the instructions on my Bosch front-loading washer tell me I should not use bleach in the machine! So my whites are not as white anymore! And, because of my laundry hook-up design, I am stuck with front-loading….

    Anyone else have this problem…..or a solution?

    January 6, 2014
    • Two Chums #

      Hello, dear Mayra,
      This Post on how to clean your washer is only for top loaders. Let us see if we can find out any more for front loaders.
      Happy new year and love to you and yours!

      January 6, 2014
    • Two Chums #

      Dear Mayra,
      I just found these two ways:
      Cleaning With Baking Soda
      1 Dissolve 4 tablespoons baking soda in 4 cups warm water. Baking soda cleans and deodorizes household surfaces.
      2 Saturate a clean cloth or sponge with the solution of baking soda and water, and wipe down the inside surface of the washing machine. Scrub lightly if residue resists your efforts.
      3 Close the door and run the washing machine through a rinse cycle to complete the cleaning process and rinse away baking soda residue. The water/baking soda solution leaves a white, powdery residue on the surface if not properly rinsed.

      Cleaning with Vinegar
      1 Mix 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar in 1 quart water to make a solution for removing residues from soaps or oils. Vinegar breaks down grease and freshens the washer.
      2 Saturate a cloth or sponge with the vinegar and water solution and wipe down the interior of the washer. If stubborn buildup resists your efforts, place the dampened cloth over the area for several minutes to allow the vinegar to break down and loosen the buildup. Scrub lightly to remove the soiled area.
      3 Run the washer through a rinse cycle to remove residue and traces of vinegar.

      January 6, 2014
  2. Arlene Wood #

    You two make sooo much smell nice and fresh in my home! First, my underarms. Now, my washing machine. I owe you!!!! Arlene

    July 15, 2014
    • Two Chums #

      We love having you as a “chum” Arlene. Glad we could be of some service :-)

      July 15, 2014

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