It may seem strange but you really should clean your washing machine. One study found that bacteria like salmonella and E. coli from diapers and underwear is often present in washing machines—and can leech onto what you think are your freshly-washed clothes.
You can do a monthly deep clean. Here’s how:
- For top-loading washers: Spritz the inside of the machine, let the formula sit for 30 minutes, and run an empty cycle on hot while wiping the outside clean.
- For front-loading machines: Do the same as above, but first remove hair and debris from the rubber gasket inside the door, and spray and wipe inside the flaps until clean.
- If your machine has a filter behind the hatch, remove it and rinse off any debris or dirt.
- For both top-and front-loading machines, use a toothbrush to scrub the fabric and bleach dispensers or remove the drawer and wash by hand. Always leave the hatch open when the machine is not in use.