Until the advent of Pinterest there were all sorts of things that I didn’t know that you could clean… that I didn’t even know needed to be cleaned. Pins like dishwasher cleaning and this clean your washing machine pin. But now I realize there’s some very gunky stuff going on in places that are supposed to be reserved for making things fresh again.
This includes our washing machine, which in 10+ operating years has never been cleaned. Adding insult to injury, it’s been taking a good beating the last 7 months since we started using cloth diapers. Peering in to the abyss of the washer, I realized that some pretty nasty buildup had accumulated on the agitator (the big spinny thing in the middle). Eek. So I decided to give Jillie’s How to Clean Your Top Loading Washer tutorial a try.
The tutorial is pretty easy – Round 1: fill you washer with hot water, add 1 quart bleach, let it agitate for 1 minute then allow it to soak for an hour before letting it complete the cycle. Round 2: do the same thing except this time with a quart of distilled white vinegar.
So how’d it work out? Well, the pics tell the tale pretty accurately. While the washer in Jillie’s tutorial came out nice and shiny, mine was still awfully grimy. Looking closely at the after pic, you can see that it’s about 20% cleaner than when we started but honestly I didn’t notice that difference until lining the pictures up side-by-side.
My results could be due to the fact that there was 10+ years of gunk to clean versus Jillie’s washing machine which was only 6 months old. Also, I did let about an hour lapse between when the bleach cycle finished up and when I started the vinegar process. However, I don’t feel like that could make too much of a difference. In fact, I ran the vinegar cycle twice in hopes that I’d see better results. No dice.
It wasn’t a total wasted effort, though. Since I had the cleaning supplies out already, I spent about 10 minutes scrubbing the agitator to clean off the remaining residue and the fabric softener container in the middle. NOW I feel like my washing machine finally clean!
Have you tried this tutorial? I’d love to hear how it worked out for others. Leave your responses in the comments below!