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KEEPING MOLD AND MILDEW AWAY
Those with front-loading washers may also want to out the remarkable research on toxic mold removal done by environmental expert Dr Ed Close. Simply diffusing a therapeutic-grade essential oil regularly will likely result in an environment very hostile to mold.
Softener is distributed by a washer's gravity, centrifugal force, or suction caused by flowing
water and is simply too thick to be properly dispensed. Some experts claim it should be diluted as much as six parts water. Dryer
sheets or even the chemical free dryer balls are a better option. There are studies on health related issues posted on my blog page on smellywasher.com.
I'd suggest you just run an empty batch with nothing but a good dose of bleach every so often. The bleach will kill any mold or mildew that develops and it's cheap.
Please do not heed the advice of st8rboi wherein he suggests to just run a load of bleach water. Bleach is very damaging to our ecological system (fish, water organisms, water foliage, etc.). Please be a responsible earth-friendly person and find an environmentally safe, biodegradable alternative to your smelly laundry issues.
I find vinegar works for odors and I often run some in my washer when something I'm washing is smelly. I wonder if it would work for the washer as well if I just ran it with vinegar water???? This might be a good alternative to bleach.
I don't know what pruitttm is talking about. Bleach used on a household scale is not damaging to the environment at all. Bleach does NOT last in the environment as a toxin -- it breaks down far too rapidly. Only at industrial levels (i.e. paper-making factories) does bleach become an environmental concern.
I just use about 1/4 - 1/3 cup vinegar in my rinse to soften clothes and reduce soap residue in my washer.
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