Many of us front load washing machine users open our door to throw clothes inside our washing machine, but we all have this thought in the back of our head and that question is what is that gunk forming on our grey lining between the door and the tub?
Well that is the bacteria itself forming. Where does this bacteria come from? Surprisingly not your dirty clothes. It comes from the detergent you put in yourself and the amount you’re putting it in at. See it all starts with where we live and that is Vancouver B.C where the water is extremely soft, what does that mean? Soft water? Well soft water is the idea of how many minerals are in our water hence hard water to soft water. Example California has a ratio of 7.0 between 10.5 which is classified as hard water which means there are allot of minerals in there water which makes it hard for the chemicals in the detergent to dilute.
For a place like us in Vancouver we have extremely soft water ratio of about 0.1 to 1.0,which is extremely soft. Which make it easier for the chemicals to dilute in the water.
So how exactly is this creating bacteria on our grey rubber piece exactly, we tend to put the amount it says on the bottle of what ever you bought that tells you to put the required amount, but in fact all we really need is a table spoon per load. What happens is that when we put the required amount its about roughly five times the amount we actually need per load of laundry, what tends to happen is that when we put so much it stay in between that area where the door boot is and sits there until you use the washing machine again but what happens that you keep putting more and more in so its never actually been drained away its just staying there with the previous amounts of detergent and hence corroding the actual rubber. The damage is permanent unfortunately so if it is already black and gross it is recommended highly to replace it.
Why we recommend highly to replace it is what happens that the corrosion gets to the point where the bacteria eats through the rubber and you can potentially have a huge flood on your hands. Not fun right. After you have replaced your door boot its important to take the right amount to put in each load of laundry, practice these good habits of using less as well as saving yourself money, we personally recommend the best detergent that prevents that is Persil. You can check it out on our website we have always endorsed this product because it doesn’t just keep your clothes clean it maintains your washing machine pretty much a two in one deal. Powder is better than liquid. Hope this helps everyone who wants to stay cleanly and safe !