Here’s an unpleasant fact: 25 percent of washing machines contain traces of fecal bacteria from our clothes. Don’t panic! You can quickly disinfect your washing machine and kill bacteria with two common kitchen supplies.
1. Open the lid or door of your washer. Put on your inspector hat and check to make sure the inside of the washer drum is completely empty. A lingering sock will ruin your disinfecting efforts.
2. Add one quart of white vinegar. Pour one quart of white vinegar into the same place where you typically add laundry detergent. If you add detergent and fabric softener in different spots, double check to make sure you’re pouring the vinegar into the detergent slot.
3. Add one cup of baking soda. Pour one cup of baking soda into the same spot you added the white vinegar. Then, close the lid or door.
4. Select the hottest water setting. You want the water to be as hot as possible to kill any lingering bacteria, so select the hottest water temperature available. Also, choose the longest cycle available on your washing machine.
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Disinfect Your Washing Machine
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Published January 10th, 2014 4:02 PM