Cleaning your washer. Hmmm….seems like an oxymoron to me, but I see people talking about it on the internet. Obviously, my machine takes a lot of wear and tear and some weeks it cleans upward of 20 loads of laundry! Because it works so hard, and it’s an expensive piece of machinery, I want to do my best to take care of it and keep it in tip, top shape.
When we purchased our washer, it came with a few samples of laundry detergent and something called Affresh. Affresh claims to “Clean washers better than bleach!”
My goodness, I had never even heard of cleaning your washer because it’s exposed to soap and the cleaning process each time it ran. My hubby doesn’t give this product much credit. His advice is to just add some bleach to our whites and it will kill any bacteria and mold that might grow.
To tell you the truth, I’m totally afraid of bleach. Bleach scares me from the moment I pour it into the “bleach well” of our washer (it might splash up onto my clothes) to the fact that some may be retained and released accidentally during the next load of darks and ruin the clothes. I also think about the fact that we have a septic tank and bleach will kill the useful bacteria in there too!
So, at this point I try to run one of these Affresh tablets through my washer on the “clean washer” cycle once a month (if I remember! ha!) I’m not sure if it does anything or if it’s a waste of money, but it makes “my head ” feel better!
I would love to get your opinion! Do you “clean” your washer? What do you use? or is it even necessary?? Leave a comment and let me know!! Thanks!