What? Why do I need to clean my washer?
That was my initial thought. Why does a washer get so dirty? But when you think about it, it does clean a lot of dirt and grime especially when you live on a homestead. So naturally, it needs some tender loving care a few times a year. Here’s how I clean a top loading washer.
Homesteaders tend to be a frugal bunch. My washer is 23 years old. As I was washing clothes today I realized I hadn’t cleaned my washer in awhile. I am not proud of this but here’s what an older washing machine can look like after a few years of cleaning grimy stuff around a homestead.
- Fill the washer with HOT water then add 4 c peroxide. Let the washer agitate for a minute then sit for an hour. Peroxide is a great alternative to bleach.
- After an hour, let the washer run thru it’s longest cycle on hot water.
- Fill with HOT water again then add 4 c vinegar. Let the washer agitate for a minute then sit for an hour.
- While it’s soaking, detail all the nooks and crannies of your washer, this includes the exterior.
- If your machine has built in dispensers, clean those too. Remove and clean underneath.
- If you come across anything particularly sticky, add a drop of lemon essential oil. Lemon is great to remove sticky residue.
- After an hour, run washer thru it’s longest cycle again.