I was doing laundry the other day, and being a short person, I frequently have to stick my head in the washing machine to grab that lone pesky straggler sock. This time I was met with a knock down drag out nasty funk of a smell.
Apparently, washing machines need to be cleaned.
How did I not know this?
They clean your clothes so why should they be dirty? Then again, you clean your body in the shower and the tub and shower can get pretty disgusting as well.
So I set myself to finding a cure for the stinky situation. My trusty old pinterest search found me many a tips and tricks on how to clean the washing machine. I chose the directions for Cleaning a top loading washer from DIY Naturally.
All you need is 4 cups of vinegar, 1/2 c baking soda, dishrag and a bit of elbow grease. I had a hard time getting into some of the nooks and crannies so I used Mrblocko's toothbrush to get out all the gunk from the hard to reach places.
No. Not really. I just like to throw stuff like that in my posts just to make sure he is reading them.
I did have to use a toothbrush, just not Mrblocko's.
What you'll need to do is:
1. Fill your washer with HOT water.
2. Add the vinegar and let it agitate for a minute.
3. Add the baking soda and let that shimmy itself in the mix for another minute.
4. Let this stuff sit for 30-60 min. (Just leave the lid open to make sure the washer doesn't continue onto the spin cycle.)
5. Scrub the parts you can get with the rag/toothbrush and liquid in the basin until you can't see anymore of the filth.
6. Let the washer complete it's wash cycle.
7. Voila! You've got a mean clean washin' machine!
I don't know if you can see all the gunk on the plastic part on top of the basin. Ten years of gunk and filth.
Now here is the after:
Mark this one down as a pinterest FACT!