Yes, indeed, two posts in one day. Can’t believe it myself.
Do you have a front load washing machine?
Sorry for the really bad photo here. The sun was making its way into my laundry room.
The detergent dispenser drawer, located at the top left on my machine, comes out for easy cleaning. Check your dispenser to see where there might be a snap clip that keeps the drawer in.
The bit on the left way to the back is the clip that keeps the drawer in. This is a small space and just a tad bit difficult to get my fingers in. Once you find the correct area to press, and I do mean PRESS, the drawer will slide out with a little bit of a firm pull.
Pull the drawer out.
The above photos were taken AFTER I cleaned the drawer. This is what it really looked like.
Fabric softener had dried up and clogged the drawer. This made it difficult for the softener to be dispensed in the wash load. YUCK!
The bleach and fabric softener cups remove easily for cleaning.
Put the drawer bins back in place and put it all back in your washing machine. Voila. Good as new.
When I am finished washing I leave the dispenser drawer out and the machine door open. This allows the air to move around and dry out the inside of my machine. There are products you can buy that will eliminate the mildew smell that stinks up the joint and your clean clothes. I avoid that by leaving the doors open. Besides, since I’m gone for a month or more at a time the mildew smell would permeate the entire house.
A cheap trick you can do if you don’t want to leave the doors open – kids that think the machine is a good hiding place or cats that like the “cave”. After you have finished your final load of laundry pour ONE CUP of vinegar into the soap dispenser part of the tray and run the empty washer for an entire cycle. This will allow the vinegar to do its job at sanitizing the machine and eliminating the mildew. You might have to do this a couple times if you have a really bad build up of stink in your machine. Vinegar is cheap and it is “Environmentally Friendly”.
Hope this has helped anyone.