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Foul Smelling Washing Machines And Why

 

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Are you a home owner with a Stinky Washing Machine? Not to worry, you are DEFINATLEY NOT ALONE! Washer mildew and odors are one of the most common complaints.

 

Some of the reasons are listed below:

  • Interestingly enough, some washing machines have the susceptibility to smell bad due to their design.
  • Bad odours from a dirty washing machine can actually transfer on to clean clothing.
  • Hard water causes lime buildup in the  washing machine parts and plumbing.
  • If you live in a humid climate, consistent moisture in the air prohibits the washing machine from completely drying between loads, causing mildew and stale and musky odours.
  • Repeatedly, soap detergent and excrement splash upwards, resulting in leaving  behind grime on parts if the agitator and wash bin that are usually located above the water line.

How Naturally Clean A  Top Loading Washing Machine

These instructions will assist in killing mold, mildew and keep foul-smelling odours away in your Top Loading Washing Machine by using natural ingredients which is safe and can be used on all washer components.

 There are  two common house hold ingredients required for this process.

White Vinegar and Baking Soda.

White vinegar will help disinfect by assisting in killing mold and mildew. The acidity in the white vinegar will help dissolve the soap scum and residue in the tub along with dissolving lime deposits in the pipes  left behind from using hard water.  Baking soda cleans and deodorizes.

NOTE: DO NOT ADD CLOTHES OR DETERGENT DURING THIS CLEANING PROCESS.

Step 1.

Choose you washing machine setting to run on Hot with the largest load setting. Add anywhere between 3-4 cups of white vinegar to the water  and let your washing machine agitate for about 2 minutes in order to disperse the vinegar evenly.

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Step 2.

Now add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Allow the machine to agitate again for about 2 minutes to incorporate the baking soda evenly. Stop the machine washing cycle at this point and have the water sit for  approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.

 

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Step 3.

As the vinegar, baking soda and hot water are working, doing their job by penetrating grime and odors, use a clean cloth that has been dipped into the vinegar water and wipe down the entire washing machine. Pay special attention to the top of the washing machine, the knobs and dials, the top of the wash bin and any fabric softener and bleach dispensers.

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Step 4.

Allow the washing cycle to resume until the water begins draining. If your washer will allow it, turn the knob so the tub will drain while spinning, further cleaning out any gunk that has been loosened up and pushing the vinegar water through the holes in the wash bin. If your washer doesn’t allow this, start another hot wash cycle at this point and allow it to run through completely.

 

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 Step 5.

At this point, the grime and scum at the top of the wash bin should be quite easy to wipe off with a sponge. (Note: because water doesn’t reach this part, this area may need a little extra attention) 

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Congratulations! You have just washed your washing machine naturally!

 Useful Tips

  •  Leaving your washing machine lid open will allow the drum to completely dry and prevent mold and mildew odours from developing.
  • For best  results, implement a cleaning maintenance routine monthly.
  • Always remember to remove  your load of cleaned laundry as soon as the wash cycle is completed. This helps prevent the musky mildew smell from developing in your washer.

 

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Tips On Caulking Your Bathtub

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Caulk is used to create a seal in a tub where the tile and the tub join. Caulk prevents water from seeping up into the tiles and causing the tiles to separate from the wall and mildew to form. Caulking a tub will take a couple of days if you need to remove old caulk because the area will have to completely dry before you can apply new caulk. It can be accomplished in an hour or two if you’re starting with clean surfaces.

Remove any old caulk. Silicone caulk can be removed with a razor knife and a scraper. Be careful not to damage the tub or the tile. Water-based caulk are harder to remove where as silicone caulk is more flexible. Use a hair dryer to soften the caulk and then scrape it out.

Use silicone caulk on fiberglass. Water-based caulk can be used on ceramic tubs and tiles. Exterior or oil based caulk is not recommended for this type of project.

1)  Thoroughly  Remove all old caulking and clean tub ledge and wall

2) Place masking tape on tub edge, approximately 3/16 of an inch away from the wall.

3) Place masking tape about 3/16 of an inch up the wall around the tub.

4) Fill tub with water to the overflow height. (NOTE: DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS UNATTENED AT ANYTIME AND TO PROPERLY SECURE THE AREA SO NO ONE CAN HAVE ACCESS TO IT)

5) Place caulking between tub and wall joint around tub.

6) Get some liquid dish soap and stick your finger into soap and smooth off caulking. Allow extra caulking to go onto masking tape.

7) Remove masking tape while still wet.

8) Leave water in tub till caulking is dry and empty water from tub.

By caulking a full tub the space between tub surface and wall is at a weighted  dimension

WARNING : Clean up any spills or drips immediately. Silicone caulk are very difficult to clean once they’re dried and leave a film on your hands.

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