You might not want to use a public washing machine, but sometimes you don’t simply have a choice.
If you are using a public washing machine to wash your clothes frequently, you should know how to sanitize the public washing machine before using.
You might be thinking that a public washing machine is clean and germ-free.
But you will be surprised to know that there will be germs and bacteria from the clothes of the person who used it just before you.
You will need to be careful so that you don’t spread these germ and bacteria and carry these in your clothes to your house.
If you are using a public laundry regularly, you should make a habit of sanitizing it first before using. It will help you and your family to be free from germs and bacteria.
Below, we have provided a step by step guide which will help you to sanitize a public washing machine.
How to Sanitize Public Washing Machine
Step 1: Sanitize the machine with white vinegar
We all know that the presence of acid in white vinegar makes it a suitable ingredient for household cleaning.
It works as a great disinfectant. White vinegar can be a great alternative to bleach as bleach is stronger and we cannot use bleach everywhere.
Take a cloth and pour white vinegar in it.
Clean the washing machine with it. You will need to wipe the door of the machine and reach the inside, as well. Also, make sure to clean the washbasin.
Germs and bacteria can be present in the outer part of the machine, as well. So, run the cloth on the outside as well.
Step 2: Pour white vinegar in the machine while running hot water
Now, you will need to fill the washing machine with hot water. Now take two cups of white vinegar and pour it into the hot water.
Now, run the machine. The presence of white vinegar will remove all the germs and bacteria and sanitize the inside of the machine.
The purpose of running hot water is, hot water easily kills bacteria. You could’ve used a cloth to clean the inside of the machine as well.
But it is hard to reach every corner of the machine with your hands. So, you can simply pour vinegar run the machine, so it becomes germ-free.
Step 3: Leave the door open for a few minutes
We will suggest you leave the door open and wait for a few minutes so that it gets enough time to dry.
If you are in a hurry, you can skip this process. Waiting for the machine to dry will ensure that there is no germ left in the washing machine.
Step 4: Wash with high temperature to disinfect your clothes
You can also disinfect your clothes by washing at high temperature. But you will need to be very careful.
Because there are different kinds of fabrics available and some of these can get ruined if you apply hot water. Read the labels that come with your clothes.
Also, based on the color of the clothes, you will need to change the temperature of the water.
For example, if you are washing white clothes, you can use 180 degrees Fahrenheit water to wash your clothes.
On the other hand, if you are washing colorful clothes, you will need to be more careful because hot water can discolor your clothes.
As a result, you will not use more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit temperature.
Step 5: Add a regular amount of detergent
Now, you will need to use detergent to clean the clothes. You can use the same amount of detergent that you regularly use to wash your clothes.
Step 6: Pour bleach in the water
Then, you will need to add bleach. Before adding bleach, fill the washing machine with water. Don’t pour bleach directly on top of your clothes.
The bleach will be concentrated in one place and won’t spread evenly. Again, based on the color of your clothes, you will need to choose the right type of bleach.
If you are washing white clothes, you can use chlorine bleach. On the other hand, if you are using colored clothes, you can use any other all-fabric bleach.
Step 7: Use borax as an alternative to bleach
If you don’t want to use bleach, you can use borax. Some people don’t want to use bleach as bleach has strong components that can damage your synthetic clothes.
Only a half cup of borax will do the magic. While using borax, you will need to make sure that you are using borax with hot water.
Step 8: Add essential oil and tea tree oil for a better result
You can add essential oil and tea tree oil with your detergent. If you add 2 or 3 drops of essential oil, it will be enough.
These oils will let your clothes have a nice fragrant. Also, tea tree oil and essential oil have antibacterial ingredients. It will help to kill the bacteria if there is any left.
Step 9: Avoid using the public washing machine if you own one at home
If you have a washing machine at your home, you should always use that one.
Because you don’t know what other people are washing with the public washing machine.
One might clean a bedsheet covered with vomit with the machine you are going to use.
As a result, you can’t expect that there will be no germ or bacteria in the machine.
If you are using a public washing machine regularly, you should always sanitize it first. If you want to help the community, you can contribute as well.
After you are done washing your clothes, simply run hot water so that there is no germ left.
These are the ways through which you can sanitize a public washing machine. We should never compromise our health for anything.
If a person in your family is ill and you are washing his or belongings in the public washing machine, it is also your duty to disinfect the machine at the end.