Is your washing machine starting to smell bad and even getting on your freshly washed clothes? Bad news: There is definitely mold! In fact, it’s very likely that it has taken up residence in the detergent drawer. Yes, detergent and fabric softener residue eventually attracted a whole host of germs and bacteria. But do not panic, there are radical solutions to this problem. To restore hygiene and freshness to your washing machine, lemon and other natural ingredients will help you. You can forget about bad smells already!

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Unless you clean it very often, it’s hard to avoid the accumulation of product residues in the detergent drawer. And they are anything but harmless: not only do they clog these compartments, preventing the machine from functioning properly, but they are also an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Where do these unpleasant odors that escape from them. Result: your laundry will pay, because its cleanliness will not be flawless. On some clothes can accidentally stain, not to mention the unbearable musty smell that stinks from afar. How to get out of this hellish circle? It’s no secret: you need to clean your washing machine thoroughly every two months, from the drum to the rubber to the drawers.

  • Lemon and vinegar: a powerful duo to clean the detergent drawer

Want to attack? To disinfect the laundry tub and make it shine, you can count on the cleaning potential of two very popular products: Lemon and vinegar. You don’t have to spend a dime, we bet you already have some in your stash. This duo is whitening, antibacterial and deodorizing and works wonders! Here’s how to use this home remedy:

  • In a bowl, squeeze the juice of 2 lemons, add 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup water.
  • To remove all the mold, get a special cleaning brush and cloth. An inexpensive pipe cleaner may also help.
  • Remove the drawer from the washing machine and place it in the sink. Rinse it thoroughly to remove all debris from the drawer and dip it into the cleaning solution.
  • Allow to soak for 10 minutes. Then scrub all components thoroughly with the brush. Then rinse with water.
  • If you notice that the compartments are clogged, clean them thoroughly.

Note: Vinegar, like lemon, is great for cleaning the detergent drawer. You can even use it on its own: Pour a glass of vinegar into a quart of hot water and leave the drawer in the resulting solution for an hour.  Clean well and let dry.

Note: To avoid the various problems mentioned above, it is important to clean the detergent drawer very often. Admit that you neglect it most of the time but tell yourself that once a month is more than enough to keep it clean.

  • Detergent drawer: baking soda against mold

Another equally simple and quick solution: take advantage of the whitening and stain-removing properties of baking soda. This white powder has anti-bacterial and anti-mold properties, plus it’s wonderful and very economical. As a bonus, you only need 1/2 ounce of baking soda and one quart of boiling water. Mix them thoroughly and embed the drawer in this solution. Leave to soak for at least 30 minutes. Then pour this mixture into the sink and clean the drawer with a sponge, brush or even an old toothbrush (ideal for getting into tight corners!). Once the drawer is clean and dry, put it back in place. It should be back to its original shine, but if you notice dirt still lingering, you can rely on salt and lemon for guaranteed shine. The application is simple: mix 1 liter of boiling water with 5 tablespoons of lemon salt and place the container in the resulting solution. Leave for one to two hours and then scrub with a sponge or toothbrush.

How do I clean my washing machine thoroughly?

Hard water also causes serious problems. As soon as you notice lime deposits in your washing machine, as well as the appearance of foul odors, then it’s high time to roll up your sleeves and clean it thoroughly. This is the best way to preserve your laundry and ensure the longevity of your washing machine. In this deep cleaning, it is the vinegar that will give you valuable help. This is the most effective and environmentally friendly remedy. It acts as an excellent descaling agent, leaving bacteria only a bad memory. The only drawback is that after this treatment, the smell of vinegar may linger for a while. But don’t worry, you can remedy the situation by adding a few drops of a fragrant essential oil. This will mask the pungent smell very well.

Instructions: pour a glass of vinegar into the detergent compartment and then run an empty wash cycle. Then wipe the metal parts and rubber of the washing machine with a cloth soaked in vinegar. And your appliance will be clean and fresh again!

Tip: In addition to this regular maintenance, remember to always keep the drum door open after each wash cycle. Good ventilation will prevent the harmful effects of moisture inside, especially the formation of mold and bad odors.