Why Add Salt to the Washing Machine: A Tip for The Freshness of Things

Salt in the washing machine brings back the freshness of things.

Adding salt to the machine is a special French washing method. It brings back the freshness and bright color of clothes, eliminates unpleasant odors, and makes things very soft to the touch. This method is especially useful for washing linens and towels that harden in the machine.

How food salt in the machine helps

  • Salt in the machine drum makes kitchen and bath towels soft and pleasant to the touch.
  • Removes lime and scale from the drum, fungus, and bacteria.
  • Extends the life of your appliances.
  • Eliminates unpleasant machine odors.
  • Brings back the brightness of colored items.

How to wash clothes in the machine with salt

One teaspoon of salt is added to the drum of the washing machine after you have laid out all the things. It is better to use coarse salt. After that, it is desirable to set a high temperature for washing (80-90 degrees), so that the salt dissolves. Note that some things can not be washed in hot water.

You can also put a spoonful of salt in the compartment of the machine for a liquid rinse aid. In this case, the rinse aid itself is not used. In this way, you can clean the machine from unpleasant odors and limescale.

What else to add to the machine besides salt

If you wash very dirty clothes with old stains, in addition to salt add a tablespoon of lemon juice or a teaspoon of vinegar to the drum of the machine. This will help remove stains.

When washing terry towels in the drum of the machine, add 4 tablespoons of salt and 100 ml of vinegar. Wash for 15 minutes. Then the towels will be soft and fluffy after washing.

To clean the machine from limescale and unpleasant odor, add half a cup of baking soda to the salt. Run the wash at a high temperature

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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