Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Little TLC for Your Washing Machine!

We went over how to prep and wash your cloth diapers but what about how to clean your washing machine? Some know how to do this and some don't even know to do this but it is very important to keep up with your machine, especially if you are laundering cloth diapers. The inside of your washing machine is constantly being subjected to dirty water, mineral and detergent deposits. The mineral build up can really do damage to your clothes and your cloth diapers which can cause them to wear faster. So what can we do to get most of this out and get our washers back to the good old days? 

Here is what you will need:
Vinegar or Lemon Juice (2 cups of one or the other)
Q-Tips, quite a few of them
Spray Cleaner (Multi-Purpose)
Paper Towels

1.) Run your washer on hot with two cups of vinegar or lemon juice to knock loose all of that nasty grime. 
2.) Remove the fabric softener dispenser and soak it in hot water with a little bit of detergent/soap, if you need to get in there to remove some grime, use your q-tips!
3.) Clean the bleach dispenser with your cleaner, paper towels and q-tips.
4.) Wipe around the top rim of the wash bucket, there's usually a lot of build up there.
5.) Run one last cycle on hot while the washer is empty.
6.) Don't forget to put the fabric softener dispenser back when it is done soaking!
If you haven't replaced your hoses in a while, it may be a good idea to check your hoses and make sure they are not leaking because this can also cause a problem. If they are five years or older, it would be a good idea to replace them anyways!

If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to talk email me at Birdsnestsdiapers@yahoo.com.

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