Posted on Jul 6, 2012

The Laundress TIPS&TRICKS for Machine Maintenance

Do you have a stinky machine?


HE & front-loading machines are more prone to mildew than top-loaders due to the build-up of water, detergent and dirt residue that collects in the cavity holding the washing drum. Cleaning your machine regularly with hot water & a solution of All-Purpose Bleach Alternative and Scented Vinegar will solve this problem.



Do you have hard water and rust deposits?

Cleaning your washer monthly with a solution of All-Purpose Bleach Alternative and Scented Vinegar will remove lime scale, rust & build-up caused by minerals such as iron & calcium. These elements will not only leave spots behind, but actually make your machine work harder raising energy bills up to 25%.

Are mystery stains and colored spots appearing on your clothes?

To remove any rust stains on your cotton or linen clothing*, apply The Laundress Stain Solution on the stained area. Run hot water (we pour boiling water from the kettle) onto stain and soak in a basin for an hour. If stain has faded, but isn’t completely gone, repeat the process. After pre-treating, wash in the machine with a Laundress Detergent.
*When removing stains on other fabrics, use tepid, not boiling water.


To keep your equipment in top shape and running most efficiently – follow these simple instructions below:

To Clean Your Washer

Add (1/2 cup, 4 oz, 120 ml) The Laundress Scented Vinegar mixed with (1/16 cup, 15ml, 2 capfuls) All-Purpose Bleach Alternative to your machine dispenser and run an EMPTY, long load with hot water. Repeat again with just hot water. Don’t forget to clean out your fabric softener & bleach dispensers!
*The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative should be added directly to the machine drum or in detergent dispenser, do NOT add to bleach dispenser.  We also recommend leaving the door open when not in use to help air out your machine.

To Clean Your Dryer

Your dryer drum collects lint and can affect the efficiency of your dryer and leave fuzz behind on clean clothes.  Use a cloth or sponge with cleaning solution (one capful of The Laundress Stain Solution and 1 liter of water) and wipe the inside of dryer to remove lint. Clean the dryer filter after each use. A clogged filter will restrict flow and reduce dryer performance, not to mention is a fire hazard.

To Clean Your Iron or Steamer

Unplug and cool, add (1/4 cup, 2 oz, 60 ml) Scented Vinegar and fill with water. Sit overnight, pour out and rinse thoroughly with tap water.

To Clean Your Dishwasher

Fill your dispenser with The Laundress Scented Vinegar and run an EMPTY load with hot water.
Don’t neglect your shower curtains either; the All-Purpose Bleach Alternative and Scented Vinegar is also great for removing mildew and build up – just soak or wash.