How is it possible for a washing machine to smell when used for cleaning? The unpleasant smell from your washer is caused by the build-up of mold and bacterias. Over time, deposits of detergent, lime, fabric softener and dirt builds up and the ever-moist environment becomes a perfect breeding ground for bacterias.
At Vert Essentiel, we have developed a foolproof recipe for cleaning your washing machine. Simply do this recipe when needed or simply when you start seeing visible residues.
1/4 cup citric acid
1/4 cup borax
1/4 cup vinegar with 15% acetic acid
Borax is antifungal and antibacterial, citric acid is an excellent abrasive and vinegar is wonderful for the pipes.
Note: If you have a septic tank, be careful not to wash your machine more often, as borax may harm the bacterias in your septic tank.
Finally, we recommend that you leave the door of your washing machine open between each load to give it a chance to dry.
If you don’t use fabric softener, we recommend adding 1/4 cup of vinegar at 15% acetic acid as a fabric softener to each load. This household vinegar will help prevent residue build-up in your washer.
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