During the summer I hang my clothes to dry outside and use my homemade laundry detergent and I don't need fabric softener with that so it doesn't really get gunky. But during the winter I use my dryer a lot and I use fabric softener, the liquid kind, the kind that smells really good, but makes a huge mess over time in the washing machine.
Go look in your washing machine. Really look, like around the top of the porcelain basket. Is there a ring there? Look in your bleach cuppy thing-a-ma-bob. I had cat hair in mine (just keeping it real), and look in your fabric softener filler-upper-thingy. Is it goopy? Did you really go and look? If you did and yours is clean, then just go away and have a catty conversation with your friends about the blog lady who's washing machine was disgustingly similar to a hazardous waste dump.
(not my actual washing machine, thank you very much)
I used these:
I removed the softener and bleach cups and put them in a sink full of hot soapy water. I filled the washing machine basin with hot water and added 2 cups of vinegar and let it agitate for a couple of minutes. Then I turned the machine off and let it sit for about an hour. I drained the basin and the scrubbed the inside with a paste of Mule Team Borax and water. I used my scrubber sponge and the toothbrush that the vet gave me to brush my dog's teeth. (Like that's gonna happen). Then I ran a full cycle on hot with about 1 cup of Mule Team Borax. I scrubbed the cups and put them back in.
All done. Now my clothes are dirtier than my washing machine and I don't want to put them in there. No laundry done today.
On a side note, I went thrifting yesterday and found this cute little vintage cake cover. I just love that the paint is coming off the handle. I know that I shouldn't be using my flash but I don't know how to turn it off yet and I have not yet read the manual. (I know, hanging head in shame).
I think it looks cute with my Fiestaware plate and bowl.
It's pretty sad when your friend Kris is posting exciting details about her adventures attending cooking classes and all I have to talk about is cleaning my washing machine.