1. Exterminate Dangerous Germs and Bacteria
Just because your washing machine cleans clothes, it doesn't mean it sanitizes them. Unfortunately, any germs and bacteria that enter your washing machine can spread onto other clothes and your machine itself. The end result can be serious for you and your family, with consequences that include irritation, rashes, allergies, and even life-threatening infections.
In a study published by Frontiers in Microbiology , its findings concluded that bacteria found in fecal matter from underwear wasn't killed by the washing machine. In fact, the washing process only resulted in spreading the germs to other clothing items!
Similar studies have also found that the laundering process caused a microbial exchange of "influent water bacteria, skin, and clothes-related bacteria; and biofilm-related bacteria in the washing machine.
These findings highlight why it is essential you regularly clean your washing machine. Only by cleaning and sanitizing your washing machine can you remove and destroy illness-causing bacteria.
2. Remove Residue and Odors
There are few things more annoying than completing a load of washing only to have your clothes smelling worse than when they entered the machine. This tends to happen because your washing machine - and its dark, warm, moisture-laden environment - can be a haven for mold and fungi.
Aside from making your clothes smell disgusting, mold and fungi can result in health concerns, particularly for people with allergies.
Jennifer Ahoni, a senior scientific communications manager at Proctor and Gamble Home Care, notes that "clean clothes require a clean washing machine."
By regularly cleaning your washing machine, you'll prevent toxins from building up - and avoid the embarrassment of smelly clothes.