How to Disinfect your Washing Machine

disinfect your washing machine

You need to disinfect your washing machine every month. Photo Credits.

If there is one home machine that works over time especially for a cloth diapering mama, it is the washing machine. Actually, even if you are not one, but you’ve got a preschooler, or older kids, you will be most likely to use your washing machine at least once a week.

With all the germs and dirt it handles, how do we make sure that our washers remain clean enough to sanitize our clothes, and make them fresh-smelling always? And while some washing machines have self-cleaning tubs like this electrolux which you may buy here. We all know that not everyone has that type and model of washer. Average households usually have the usual automatic washing machines like this LG Top load which yu can buy here or this twin tub washer (which is incidentally on sale here).

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Well it is easy, and it will not cost much, in fact what you need may just be at your cup board or bathroom cabinet.

There are two ways to disinfect your washing machine:

1. Using Vinegar
2. Using Bleach

Either way, what you have to do first is to clean all the surfaces that you can clean. Wipe the insides that you can reach, as well as the dispensers, etc. Of course clean the outside too. You may even use an old toothbrush to clean crevices that are hard to reach.


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Once done, fill your top load washer with hot water (either from your machine, or from you pouring hot water you have heated elsewhere). It is important to put as much hot water as you can so that you get to clean the surfaces and the drum.

Pour in one cup of bleach OR if you are choosing the vinegar method then, pour in 3-4 cups of white vinegar.

Agitate then run a wash cycle and then pause.

For those going the vinegar route, you then have to add about half a cup of baking soda to deodorize the machine. Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour.

Resume the wash cycle, and presto! You now have a fresh, clean washing machine that is more than capable to wash and sanitize your family’s clothes. It is ideal to disinfect your washing machine every month or whenever your family contracts stomach bugs.

This routine will also help prolong the life of your washing machine.

Here is a video guide you may want to watch (disinfecting a washing machine after washing poopy clothes):

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