Hidden Toxins in Your Washing Machine (and how to get rid of them)
Did you know that your washing machine can be a giant petri dish for growing bacteria? This nutrition bite airs out the dirty laundry of the hidden germs living in your washing machine and how you can sanitize it, STAT!
When it comes to washing machines, you’d be remiss to not give it a good deep clean. On the surface, it indeed is hard to associate washing machines as a breeding ground for bacteria considering it’s a machine that cleans.
But that’s precisely it…
Where do you think the germs from your clothes go?
As many people would wrongly assume, it all doesn’t go down the drain.
To give you an idea of just how much bacteria could be lurking in your washing machine…
A strain of multidrug resistant pathogen was found on infant clothing at a German hospital. The culprit; the hospital’s washing machines! (1)
Bacterial residue on WASHED clothes shouldn’t come as a surprise if you really think about it…
Cross contamination between laundry water, dirty clothes and washed clothes happens with each wash cycle. (2)
Here’s a breakdown of what you’re facing even if you can’t see anything obvious, as well as a highly recommended solution!
7 Hidden Toxins In Your Washing Machine
Think about it, all the germs from the outside world that go on your clothes end up in your washing machine AND all the germs that come from within you and on your clothes end up in one place…
In your washing machine.
Germs from public areas, sweat, dirt and fecal matter are just some of the ingredients in the cocktail of bacteria that your washing machine has to deal with.
The especially icky thing here is this bacteria accumulates. Each time you wash your laundry, bacteria that gets left behind in your machine gets mixed into your next batch of laundry and so on and so forth. (3)
Here are 7 common toxins found in your washing machine:
- E coli
- Klebsiella oxytoca
- Rota virus
As with anything that needs cleaning, there are indicators that your washing machine is a basin of bacteria such as:
- You’ve never cleaned your washing machine
- It’s been a long time since you last cleaned it
- You have kids or pets
- There is a foul odor
- There’s slimy residue
If you’ve never cleaned your washing machine, do your health a favor and sanitize it.
Sanitizing Your Washing Machine
Taking the time to sanitize your washing machine can prevent harmful buildup of bacteria. Low-levels of bacteria are to be expected but keep in mind that your washing machine can be a source of infection if you allow toxins to build up.
Keep your washing machine clean and sterilized are by:
- First and foremost, do a tub clean of your washing machine to keep bacteria at bay. Most modern washing machines will have this ‘tub clean’ option. You can refer to your washing machines manual or customer service.
- Wipe down areas such as the detergent box, the seals around the door, and the actual washing machine basin with an all-natural disinfectant. These are just some of the dark hard-to-reach areas where bacteria hides and thrives.
- Pour white vinegar into the detergent holder and run a wash cycle with hot water for a non-toxic all-over clean.
- Generously sprinkle the basin of the washing machine with baking soda and run a wash cycle with hot water.
- Leave the lid open and allow the washing machine to air out.