Why Cleaning Washing Machine Regularly Is A Must
There are a lot of reasons you should clean your washer, inside and out, on a regular basis. The main one is that although your washing machine is designed to clean your clothes, it gets lots of yucky stuff in it on a regular basis, from potty accidents, washing underclothes, and general dirt and debris we collect on our clothes and other washable fabrics.
All this stuff leaves a film of bacteria, mold and mildew in your machine, along with build up from detergent residue and hard water, that can combine over time to make a yucky smelly mess.
Washing your clothes in a dirty machine makes your clothes not as clean, and may even transfer a stinky smell to them, or get them contaminated with bacteria. Can you say “gross” when you consider fecal material bacteria from your child’s underwear or diaper on your kitchen towel?
Apple cider vinegar as a natural detergent alternative
If used properly, apple cider vinegar can work as an excellent natural detergent. It’s a safe alternative for nearly all forms of clothing. In fact, you can even use it on silk without any damage to the clothing. Among other benefits, using apple cider vinegar in your laundry:
- Softens your clothes while removing static clinging
- Minimizes the presence of lint and pet hair
- Kills off the bacteria that over time builds in clothing
- Eliminates chemical buildup from synthetic laundry detergents
- Can work both as a fabric softener and washing agent
Some additional benefits of using ACV as a natural detergent is that it is hypoallergenic and it won’t conflict with fire-retardant materials. This makes it safe to use when cleaning your children’s clothes.
With all that being said, simply add ¼ cup of ACV to a full laundry load.