We've all smelled mildew before, right? It has to be one of the STINKIEST smells around. *gag*
I have an older model top loading washer. It works great. It was here when we moved in a year and a half ago. I don't think it's too old, it was in good shape it just needed a little cleaning so I scrubbed it out when we moved in. Since then, I have regularly wiped it out and sprayed it with OdoBan. That worked pretty well for awhile but recently the washer was starting to get a little stinky mildew smell. Well, I definitely wasn't having that! I want our clothes to be fresh and clean!
I do a lot of laundry. A LOT!
Not my washer. I didn't feel like going downstairs to take a picture. Image via Google.
So to remedy the smelly washer this is what I did...
Filled the washer tub with hot water, stopped washer from agitating, then I took a 2 liter bottle and filled it with hot water about 3 times to fill the tub all the way to the top after the washer stopped at the "fill line".
Added 4 cups of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda and turned the washer back on for a minute or so.
Then I turned it off and let it soak for a few hours.
Then I took a scrubby sponge and scrubbed the tub, around the rim and the lid. I think a toilet brush would be useful for this, a CLEAN toilet brush not used for the toilet. ;) But I didn't have one so I just used a sponge.
I got lots of gunk out. Not as much gunk as the first time but plenty of gunk for me to say EWW.
Then I just let the washer finish the cycle.
My washer is nice and fresh now! Yay!
Just thought I'd share this tip in case you have a smelly washer. I *know* I can't be the only person left with a top loading machine. :)