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Extending the Life of Your Washing Machine


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To extend the life of your washing machine and have less maintenance on it, set the machine to the longest and hottest wash cycle. Do not add any clothes or detergent. Instead, pour an entire gallon of white vinegar into the tub at the beginning and allow the machine to go through its entire cycle. If you do this routinely, you will extend the life of your washing machine because vinegar removes scum and hard-water buildup.

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By Bobbie from Rockwall, TX

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April 24, 20060 found this helpful

So, if vinegar is used in every rinse cycle as part of a home-made fabric sofenter, would it have the same result? Esp. if you also use home-made, non-sudsing soap?

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June 27, 20160 found this helpful

Yes, thats what I do here. We have very hard water and *knock wood*, no build up in the washer.

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June 27, 20160 found this helpful

I use a vinegar rinse in 90% of my laundry loads. (front loader) It definitely helps to keep the machine cleaner and it also rinses any leftover detergent out of your clothes as opposed to using fabric softener which just adds more chemicals/yuck to what you wear.

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April 24, 20060 found this helpful

yes! Mine is cleaner than it was when we bought it (used)

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By Cadensnana of Delaware (Guest Post)
April 24, 20060 found this helpful

I have heard this tip previously but have never used it. I will have to put it on my to-do list for tomorrow. I was wondering if a cycle through the dishwasher using vinegar only would clean it as well??? I get so many good ideas from this site. Thanks.

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June 27, 20160 found this helpful

Set a small bowl of vinegar on the top shelf of your dishwasher. Run the machine through a normal cycle.
The vinegar does clean the dishwasher and helps a lot!

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April 24, 20060 found this helpful

thank you I am going to do this tonight. I do my
laundry at night , off peak hours!

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By Angellfire (Guest Post)
April 24, 20060 found this helpful

WOW! MERCI BEAU COUP.

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April 26, 20060 found this helpful

Okay--it sounds like a great tip, but I'm wondering if the vinegar smell stays? Do you have to do another cycle with no clothes to get rid of the smell?

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Glowgirl

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April 26, 20060 found this helpful

GlowGirl -- nope the smell of vinegar will be gone as soon as it dries! Many here love vinegar for it's cleaning properties and for me the only downside is that my house smells like pickles as I'm cleaning, but it's worth it to not have to use harsh, dangerous chemicals around my kids!

Welcome to ThriftyFun!
Rebekah

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December 16, 20060 found this helpful

I was told that by an appliance repairman that vinegar and bleach will dry out seals in the washer!If you don't want to use vinegar, ammonia or bleach (be very careful not to mix them) there is a cleaner called purewasher that is only sold at smellywasher.com / This cleaner will clean inside your washer and remove mildew or musty smell from towels and clothes. All you'll need is one tablespoon. There is a money back guarantee on it, too!

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December 16, 20060 found this helpful

I was told that by an appliance repairman that vinegar and bleach will dry out seals in the washer!If you don't want to use vinegar, ammonia or bleach (be very careful not to mix them) there is a cleaner called purewasher that is only sold at smellywasher.com / This cleaner will clean inside your washer and remove mildew or musty smell from towels and clothes. All you'll need is one tablespoon. There is a money back guarantee on it, too!

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September 25, 20080 found this helpful

Try using the bicarb/vinegar solution. This can help to prevent the machine waste pipes clogging up.

Timonty from
http://www.washingmachineadvisor...

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