My wife runs washing machine twice in a week. We’re a joint family and she often chooses Sundays to wash cloths.
I once tried to help her or just acting to do so, I opened the lid of middle stick in washing machine. A thick layer of mud or dirt appeared. Like a curious fellow I touched and smelled.
Don’t try this; you’ll not love the unpleasant smell.
Soon I called my wife and mother to check what they are doing with my clothes.
Without knowledge they are literally washing shirts, sweaters and dresses in dangerous mold.
Why You Should Clean Your Washing Machine?
It is not something that can be ignored. This mold and odor may disturb the functioning of your washing machine.
Molds are nothing but fungi that can trigger inflammation in respiratory tract.
Allergy symptoms like listed below can be caused.
- Watery eyes
- Red eyes
- Runny nose
Studies state that molds can trigger asthma in children; they penetrate into lungs and trigger infection.
In late 2000s there were many complaints of chronic mold contamination in renowned front loaders washing machines.
How to Clean Your Washing Machine Naturally?
Use of Potassium hydrogenoxalate (salt of lemon) has been recommended by many sites.
However, Chemicalbook.com states that it is very toxic. Eye irritation, gastrointestinal tract infection and inhalation will trigger inflammation and burning sensation in throat, stomach and esophagus. (1)
Consult physician immediately, if you experienced any of these signs after coming in contact with potassium hydrogenoxalate.
Instead, you can use white vinegar and baking soda for this purpose.
Studies claim that vinegar, which exhibits mild acidic nature, can kill 85% of mold species.
- White vinegar
- Tea tree essential oil
- Baking soda
- Take 1 tbsp of baking soda and sprinkle on the molds.
- Then spray vinegar diluted with 2:1 ratio water.
- You can optionally add tea tree essential oil if you don’t like vinegar smell.
- Spray and leave for few hours.
- Use a scrub to wipe the mold and dirt.
- Wash the machine and leave it open to let it dry.
Repeat this simple method to clean washing machine once or twice in a month.