15The Washing Machine Is Dirty!
To really get the most out of the baby laundry process, consider doing a thorough cleaning of the washing machine first. After all, it doesn’t make much sense to plan and prep for laundering a baby’s clothing, only to then do so in a machine that may be harboring bacteria, mold,
or odor from the rest of the family’s items.
To thoroughly clean a washing machine, simply use baking soda and distilled white vinegar. You can make a paste with baking soda and water and thoroughly scrub down the drum. Don’t neglect the rubber liner, which many front loading machines include, as these have a tendency to collect mold inside the lip.
Use a paper towel soaked in vinegar to thoroughly clean in between these spaces. Once you’re done scrubbing, simply pour a cup of vinegar into the drum and run the empty washer on the hottest water setting possible. For top loading machines, start an empty cycle using hot water before you add the cup of vinegar. Try to repeat the same process once a month to maintain a fresh washing machine.