It’s spring time! We all need a good house cleaning…
And I have quite a little story here! I don’t care if you think it’s common sense. I am admitting my own ignorance on this matter: periodically cleaning all my small and big appliances in my house. If you do it already, please skip this post: it’s not written for the extreme clean freaks. If you never cleaned them at all, or you don’t remember when you did it last time, welcome to the club!
Let’s talk laundry washing machine!
Well, I had mine for eight big years, and I would run 3-4 washing cycles every week. This LG washer was not “the best band in town”…but we rolled with it, and for stains and shirt collars, whites, I had to use Oxy Clean spray. I would also use a natural alternative to Clorox bleach, and that is hydrogen peroxide. Both are powerful chemicals, but the peroxide needs special handling, also dilution is required. You can find it in the health food stores, if you specifically request it. Please do a thorough research before going out to buy it!
Lately, I started to notice a moldy smell on my towels, which prompted me to google the issue, and I was baffled to find out that a washing mashine can go moldy! So I ran to check mine… Lo and behold, black mold around the gasket, endless hard water deposits, and gunk from using “Too Much” detergent, or not using HE type of detergent at all times. I attempted some cleaning, but fighting mold is usually a lost battle. The trick is to clean regularly, so mold cannot grow at all. Sadly, I have lost the battle with nasty mold in my laundry machine, and we had to buy a new set: washer and dryer. This washer has a self cleaning cycle, and if your washer has one, I encourage you to use it once every 10 -12 weeks.
Let’s talk dishwasher!
Feeling a little sad that in all these eight years, since I’ve owed the machine, I could never find a way to benefit from this tremendous help in the kitchen. I have high standards for how a clean dish should look like. The way dishes would come out was not a pleasant sight for me. One rainy day I gave up using it, but it was so darn hard to wash everything by hand. I grew up without dishwasher! Don’t get me wrong! But at one point in my life, I decided that I had better things to do every day for 1-2 hours. Ya, you too?
The idea of replacing my old LG dishwasher started to lurk in my mind. But I had a feeling there is more to this, so I went and asked my friend Google about it. This is how I have found out about the power of natural vinegar or citric acid and baking soda. Place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of the machine. Run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle. This will wash away grease and grime and remove musty odors, too. Second step is to sprinkle one cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher and run a second hot cycle again.
Coincidentally, while buying laundry detergent, I have stumbled about two products from www.lemishine.com and upon testing them, I became a big fan. These products are natural, non-toxic, biodegradable. I am not affiliated with them, I don’t get free stuff, I have only bought and used the products and happened to love them a lot. I have cleaned my dishwasher with:
Another tip for dishwasher that I want to share is to ditch the expensive and often toxic rinse aids, and just use plain old vinegar. This will help rinse any residual detergent, will prevent the hard water spots, and it is all natural!
Do you use natural products to clean your house? Would you share with me which one you use the most, and why?