Unsuitable Detergents: Not all detergents are created equal. Using the wrong type can leave soap residue that fosters bacteria growth and odors.
Low-Temperature Washes: Washing below 40°C may save energy but can also leave bacteria and grime behind.
Excessive Detergent Use: Too much detergent leads to residue buildup, which can cause bacterial growth and unpleasant smells.
Infrequent Usage: Not using the washing machine often enough can result in dirt and humidity buildup, which encourages bacteria and odors.
Lack of Maintenance: Regular cleaning is necessary for optimal performance, yet often neglected.
METHOD FOR WASHING MACHINE CLEANLINESS
Cleaning experts recommend a simple weekly or monthly method. Place two dishwasher detergent tablets in the drum.
Run an empty wash cycle, allowing the dishwasher tablets’ detergent to cleanse the appliance thoroughly. This process also removes limescale and detergent residues.
Now, onto the oven rack, which can become a nightmare to clean due to baked-on food and grease.
OVEN RACK CLEANLINESS: THE CHALLENGE
The oven rack is crucial for cooking but can become filthy. While commercial cleaners often fall short, there’s a quick, more natural method to degrease the rack astonishingly well.
QUICK CLEANING SOLUTION
You’ll need a large garbage bag that can fit the oven rack and a dishwasher detergent tablet—or laundry detergent as a substitute.
Create a solution with the detergent and hot water in a bowl—ensure the water isn’t too hot to avoid damaging the bag. If necessary, help the tablet dissolve with a fork.
Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of baking soda to the solution to create a powerful degreasing agent. Pour this mixture into the bag, ensuring it’s not too thick and the bag remains intact.
Seal the bag securely to prevent leaks. Lay it flat with the rack inside, allowing the solution to work its magic on the grease and grime
Credit: Home Remedies