So, something strange came over me the other day and I actually decided it might be nice to clean. Like really, really clean, not just the superficial kind of cleaning I usually do.
I know, scary. (Here’s something kind of off-topic…If I’m ever cleaning like crazy, I’m either eight-and-a-half months pregnant or angry at my husband…or maybe both? I have a strange habit of cleaning furiously…literally, I guess…when I’m angry).
It was my filthy washing machine that seized upon my weakened state. I was fixing it, if I remember correctly (okay, so this was a little longer ago than just “the other day.” More like a few months ago, actually), and I just couldn’t put it back together without doing SOMETHING.
I mean, seriously…could YOU? Ick!
Can you imagine I had no idea it was there, hiding behind this?
Yeah, that’s basically the filthiest slimiest grime you can imagine right there in the bottom of my washing machine, previously unknown and unseen, covertly hiding behind the big spinny-thing in the middle. But, you can actually pull that spinny-thing off…who knew?
And that’s just what I did. (Just make sure you check with your manufacturer to avoid doing any damage. Mine is a little loose now, so lesson learned. Maybe I wasn’t quite as careful as I should have been…but I’ll take a slightly wobbly spinner over this nastiness continually tainting my laundry!).
And then, here’s what else I did…
After removing the whatever-it’s-called (sorry, it’s late and you’re getting my end-of-the-day mush-brain), grab your “weapon of choice” and some kind of cleaner and remove as much of the slime as you can. I chose this green scrubby thing and it worked great!
Here is the cleaner I love to use: Shaklee Basic G! That’s “G” for “germicide.” I think it’s well-established now that I’m no clean freak, but I do love that word when it comes to icky grime and general germiness! I like knowing that there is nothing living remaining in the bottom of my washing machine! Plus, it’s safe and it’s concentrated, so one bottle lasts forever and I just mix up more in a spray bottle whenever I need it. (Here’s another fun tip for the housekeeping-challenged among us: You can add a couple tablespoons of basic G straight from the bottle to your loads of laundry and actually NOT have moldy-smelling clothes when you accidentally forget them in the machine for two days! Yes, for real. I test this claim on a regular basis.)
Look how pretty it looks! (Can a washing machine look pretty? Hmmm. I’m going with yes.)
And then there’s this thing. Looks fine from above, but wait, what’s this nasty stuff I have to chisel off the bottom?
Since it was basically like scrubbing off coral, I used my Shaklee Scour-Off Paste. It smells like cherries! And it’s natural and works amazingly well.
So, this proves it. I CAN clean when I want to. And I’m not so bad at it, either. Okay, my cleaning urge has been satisfied for a while.