Eucalyptus essential oil Washing Machine clean

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Eucalyptus essential oil could be your washing machine's best friend.  Here's a simple way to remove gunk and grime naturally.

Why clean your washing machine?
When clothes come out dirtier than when they went in, a gunked-up machine can be the culprit.

Washing machines not only deal with the dirt and grime from our clothes, but the residue of all the powders and liquid softeners we put in daily.   Over time this can build up a layer of grime that can eventually come loose and end up on your clean washing.  Build-up may even affect the longevity of your washing machine over time.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is known for dealing with grease and grime, plus it’s a great deodoriser.  Here’s how to use it to keep your washing machine sparkling!

How to clean a top loading washing machine

1. To clean a top loader, run a normal wash cycle on HOT.

2. Once the machine has filled with water, place 1/2 cup bicarbonate of soda, 2 cups of white vinegar and 2 capfuls of Bosisto's Eucalyptus Essential Oil in the water.

3. Let it run as usual. The bicarb and vinegar help break down any grease or dirt particles and keep the hoses nice and clean. The Eucalyptus Essential Oil freshens and deodorises, leaving a nice fresh scent.

Note:  If the fabric softener dispenser is grubby, remove it and run it through your dishwasher.  Or, wash in the sink with hot soapy water and a splash of eucalyptus oil or Bosisto's Eucalyptus Solution (a 'solution' is just essential oils but water-soluble, so it can be better for jobs like this).

Consider using vinegar instead of your regular fabric softener. Believe it or not, it works, it's much cheaper, and it's better for your machine too!

How to clean a front loading washing machine

1.  Add 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda into the detergent drawer and 1/2 cup white vinegar plus 1 capful of Bosisto's Eucalyptus Essential Oil into the drum.

2. Run a normal wash on HOT.   Keep an eye on the machine while it's washing as it can create a lot of suds inside due to old soap residue coming out. The more often you clean your machine, the less this will occur over time.

3. Also, take the time to clean out the filter (follow the manufacturer's instructions). Clogged filters are notorious for causing problems in front loading machines.

Extra tip:  To help prevent mould build up on the seals of the machine, keep the door open in between uses. This allows air flow into the machine and lets any dampness dry.

Most front-loading machines have removable soap and fabric softener dispensers and they often get especially dirty and grubby, too. Clean it with a capful of Bosisto's Tea Tree Solution in hot water (a squeeze of dish soap can also help, particularly if you are using pure essential oil), scrub well and allow to dry in the sun.

How often should I clean my machine?

Once every 2-3 months is the minimum, but you can do it as often as you like. If you are regularly washing greasy tradies' clothes or heavily soiled children's clothing you might need to do it more often. For a quick fortnightly clean, run a hot wash with a 1/2 cup of Bosisto's Eucalyptus or Bosisto's Tea Tree Solution and leave the cleaning of seals and trays etc. for your big cleans.

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Always read the label and follow the directions for use. Check with your washing machine manufacturer if this cleaning method is right for your machine.