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Let's start with the wash machine..... This hard working piece of machinery is something most folks would be lost without. I mean sure, if you dryer dies you can line dry your clothes, but what if your washer died!?!?! I personally hate lugging laundry to a laundromat! And let's face it, washers can get kind of yucky. Residue, stains, and the occasional funky smell is no fun. So how do you keep your washer in tip top condition?
First clean your washer. Stains can be removed with bleach. But if you want to give your washer a deep clean, bust out the white vinegar!! White vinegar will get in the holes, loosen residue and eliminate the moldy funky smells. Simply turn your machine on and let it fill with HOT water, then interrupt the cycle and put in about 2-3 cups of white vinegar and let it run through it cycle.
Now on to the dryer.... We all know to empty the lint trap but take it a step further from time to time. I clean my lint tramp every other load, but it still builds up lint that doesn't come off easy. That's because dryer sheets leave a waxy residue on your screen. So what is a girl to do? Wash the lint trap screen! Simply remove as much lint as your can, then soak the screen in Hot water. Now grab some soap and with your finger tips (or a soft tooth brush) scrub the screen. Make sure to rinse very well and get off all the soap. It is amazing how clean this simple activity will get your lint trap screen.
But why should you care how clean the lint trap screen is? Well for three important reasons.... First, a clean screen will allow your dryer to use less energy, cutting down on the cost to run the dryer and the time it takes to get your clothes dry. Second, since your dryer doesn't have to work as hard, your heating element will last long, thus extending the life of your dryer! And third, cleaning this trap screen helps prevent lint fires. I don't know about you, but I don't want to loose my whole house because the lint in the dryer decides to catch fire.
I know not many of us enjoy doing laundry, but with these simple steps, your machines will run better. And if we have to wash everyone's stinky undies, shouldn't we at least have a nice environment to do it in? Okay, yeah, I can't make any of this sound glamorous, but at least you'll make your machines last longer!
**Homestead Tips on Tuesday is a weekly series where we help you learn skills, tips, and trick to help you on your journey of homesteading. Many places post list of things you should/could do as far as homesteading skill, but I feel lists are at times overwhelming and can make people give up before they even start. So every Tuesday I share one thing for you to try or consider. I hope you join us every Tuesday and I would love to hear about your adventures with each weeks topic.**