Here is a quick update for those you you following my washer ‘fragrance’. I used the Carbona washing machine cleaner about a month ago . After all of my home remedy ideas, it turns out they sell a ready made product for the very purpose of cleaning out your washer and it works well! Instead of a day or two, I didn’t smell anything until a week later and it was mild. At that point I was still using liquid detergent, and since a lot of what I read said liquid detergents are a main contributor to the stink, I decided to bring in the big guns – laundry balls. QVC had almost gotten me to buy them many times over the years and they had lingered in my memory. The Carbona/laundry ball combo would certainly be more than my musty washer could handle!
The laundry balls are pretty awesome in a lot of ways other than just the smell fixing – they last for 1100 loads and eliminate the need for detergent due to their superpowers (or bioceramics that change the ph or acidity of the water or something, but superpowers is more intriguing). Note: laundry balls are louder than detergent. Detergent is the silent killer, seeping into your laundry holes and stinking up the place. laundry balls are washer-friendly, but depending on the load, they do thump around in there a little. I am thinking that this might not be the case with top load washers, what with centrifu-something forces at work, but have not tried it. Also, for you greenies, I think detergent can cause ground water problems with phosphates and such, so all of that should be eliminated with this method too.
There is some laundry ball care and feeding that you have to do to make sure LBs are content and keep their healthy coat. You have to set them out in direct sunlight every 2 weeks to completely dry. I have no idea why it has to be direct sunlight. This is a little ‘no water for Gizmo and no food after midnight’ for me, but I just do it and don’t ask questions. Since I can’t turn around in my house without shocking myself due to furnace overload, I am pretty sure they can completely dry in the laundry room, but I am still following the rules and let them outside once every two weeks to play in the sun. The other thing that they don’t really cover when they are selling them to you on tv is that it is recommended that ‘for best results’, you soak them in warm water before you use them. There is no real suggested time limit and I think somewhere it says something to the effect of ‘the longer the better’. I found this very vague and can’t seem to organize myself enough to do it most of the time. I figure that I perform my duties adequately without luxuriating in a warm bath first, and so can they. Also, if I am washing the clothes in warm water, isn’t that enough soaking for them? So far they do not disappoint and the smell is still GONE!!!!
No, I am not a QVC affiliate and I will not get a percentage of all laundry balls purchased.