Did you know that a good laundry trick is to throw two USED TENNIS BALLS into your washing-machine drum?
This will help to fluff up your laundry and allow you to say goodbye to the pet's hair on your clothes. Also, the tennis balls bouncing around in the drum knock out the lumps you would otherwise need to pat out by hand and help the cleaning process. A win-win situation!
Did you know that the sun is a "natural sanitiser" that disinfects and your clothes hanging out will smell cleaner and fresher?
You just need a clean spot outside, in your garden, under the sun and a windy, warm day. Sunlight can also bleach clothes and makes white fabrics whiter: some stains (like tomato, sauce or poo) are photo-labile and degrade in the presence of UV light. So...stains that sometimes remain after washing will disappear completely!
Our washing-machine does a lot of hard work in our home.
So, in order to keep it operating well and our clothes looking and smelling great, it is essential to give it a little regular "beauty treatment".
- The first step is to clean the rubber seal to get rid of the mould and detergent residue. To do this, I usually use my peroxide spray (recipe HERE), and it works just perfectly! I sprayed the peroxide onto the rubber seal, then scrub it away using an old, but clean toothbrush to target stubborn stains. Rinse the rubber with water, and dry it thoroughly.
Always remember to wear your rubber gloves!
- The second step is to remove the detergent drawer, soak it in hot water and remove any residue or mould with the old toothbrush. Rinse the drawer thoroughly before putting it back. If you prefer, you can clean the detergent drawer by placing it in the top basket of your dishwasher.
- The third step is to clean out the filter. Clogged filters are often the cause of problems in front-loading machines.
- The fourth step is to add 50 gr of sodium percarbonate to the drum - which must be completely empty - and set your machine to a hot or sanitising cycle. The sodium percarbonate will help to sanitise the machine and get rid of any offensive odours. When the job is done, you can sanitise your old toothbrush soaking it in a solution of hot water and one spoon of sodium percarbonate.
- To prevent mould build-up on the seals of the machine, keep the door slightly ajar in between uses. With these methods, you will definitely avoid a smelly washing-machine, and smelly clothes too.
When you are using your precious washing-machine, be careful never to overload it.
It is not good for the environment to run a machine half empty, but there is always a balance to be struck. Overloading the washing-machine leaves no space for the detergent to dissolve properly and also impedes the mechanical action that ensures fabrics are cleaned evenly by moving them around and rubbing them together.