Friday, August 24, 2007

I'm Gonna Wash That Meat Right Outta...


Never let it be said you can't learn new things on the Abercrombie/Hopkins blog!

I found this article today on Hints from Heloise and just in time too! We are not currently smelling any rotting meat smell from the washer, but give it a week or so, and maybe we will... from our little incident earlier this week. Here is what Heloise says about keeping our washers sparkling and happy!

Dear Readers:
After years of washing grimy clothes, has your washing machine developed a bad odor? That stale, rotten smell is often caused by a buildup of soap residue and other gunk right under the rim.
To get rid of this, first try running a full-level hot wash with 1/2 gallon of vinegar and no detergent. If that doesn't do the trick, pull out the bleach.
To use the bleach method, first set the washing machine on a normal wash cycle with hot water and at the highest water level, and let the tub fill up with hot water. Now use a bucket to add more hot water, until the washing machine is almost full (you don't want to overfill — just add enough water to raise the water level up to the top inner rim of the drum, where the yuck accumulates).
When the water level is right, pour in 2 to 4 cups of household bleach, close the lid and start the wash cycle. A few minutes later, stop the wash cycle, and leave the lid closed so that the bleach/water can sit for about 1 hour. Afterward, let the cycle finish, then open the lid, and you should now have a clean-smelling washing machine.
P.S.: Always leave the lid of the washing machine open to air out between uses!

So.... this weekend I am running the washer empty with vinegar only! Vinegar is the miracle cure. I will post on THAT at a later date... but for now, I think we should all pledge to wash out our washers this weekend!