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The Washing Machine Nightmare

Quite often you will have come across a washing machine that needs to be washed and, although it seems paradoxical to wash something that washes something else, cleaning your washing machine is something that must be done. A bad habit is, after an exhausting day of work, to leave the dirty laundry in the washing machine until the next morning, with the door closed: it is a bad choice. If you want a washing machine that washes well, even for many years, you must follow a few steps that can save your domestic life. 

Although it is a tedious task, cleaning the washing machine must be addressed, unless you have a state-of-the-art self-cleaning washing machine, which could cost as much as your mortgage. A clean washing machine means laundry that smells, is clean, hygienic and definitely has an optimized consumption.

Cleaning the basket

It’s true, the drum of our washing machine vaguely recalls a basketball hoop and, to clean our stainless steel surface from limescale while disinfecting it from bacteria, it is necessary to plan an empty wash once a month, preferably at a high temperature. It can be useful to pour a glass of white wine vinegar in our basket but also in the detergent drawer: vinegar is effective against bad odors, but many domestic experts also use the addition of baking soda. 

One thing to remember is that, to avoid the formation of mold, you must immediately remove the laundry at the end of each wash and dry the drum, leaving the door slightly open to allow air to pass through and avoid excess water.

The terrible gasket

Anyone who does their own laundry will have noticed that the seal and rubber of the washing machine are the parts most prone to mold. Here too, a simple precaution must be taken into account: the seals must be dried thoroughly after each wash, as water often accumulates and stagnates in the gaps. For targeted cleaning, it is permissible to use a natural paste that can be made at home, which can then be passed directly onto the rubber parts with a toothbrush that is no longer in use. The paste can be a mixture of various elements such as vinegar, lemon and baking soda, or simply water and baking soda. The paste must be both homogeneous and creamy and not too liquid, otherwise it will not adhere well to the rubber and will not do the expected job. 

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