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Why you need to check your washing machine NOW: Mum’s ‘gross’ warning inspires thousands to clean their appliances properly – even if they’re only a few months old

  • A simple hack used to clean washing machine has resurfaced on TikTok 
  • It involves running four dishwashing tablets in the barrel on the hottest cycle 
  • Sydney mum Kerri decided to try it herself and was shocked by the outcome 
  • Despite owning a new washing machine, the water was filthy and brown 
  • ‘I don’t know whether to be disgusted or super happy,’ she wrote on Facebook  

A simple cleaning hack used to remove hidden dirt from washing machines by running four dishwashing tablets through it has resurfaced on TikTok, leaving thousands disgusted.

But this time the viral hack involves setting the machine on a hot cycle well over 40 degrees Celsius to get the best results.

Sydney mum Kerri decided to try the hack herself after seeing videos online and was stunned by the filthy water lurking in her recently bought machine.

‘Ummm so I don’t know whether to be disgusted or super happy but saw it on TikTok and thought why not,’ she wrote and shared photos to the Mums Who Clean Facebook group. 

Sydney mum Kerri decided to try the viral TikTok hack involving running four dishwashing tablets in the washing machine on the hottest cycle to clean the appliance

'Ummm so I don't know whether to be disgusted or super happy but saw it on TikTok and thought why not,' she wrote and shared photos to the Mums Who Clean Facebook group

‘Ummm so I don’t know whether to be disgusted or super happy but saw it on TikTok and thought why not,’ she wrote and shared photos to the Mums Who Clean Facebook group

Kerry set the empty LG front loader washing machine on the hottest temperature of 95 degrees and at the quickest speed of 1400.

‘My machine is not old at all and doesn’t have any grease type (mechanics) clothes go through it just the two adults [and] three kids…..gross,’ she added.

The social media post sparked an influx of comments from hundreds of women part of the mum group, who were revolted by the insight but seemed eager to try it.

One person claimed the hot cycle works best compared to a cold cycle because ‘dishwashing tablets need hot water to activate’.      

Kerry said she set the empty LG front loader washing machine on the hottest temperature of 95 degrees at the quickest speed of 1400

The social media post sparked an influx of comments from hundreds of women part of the mum group, who were revolted by the insight but seemed eager to try it

Kerry said she set the empty LG front loader washing machine on the hottest temperature of 95 degrees at the quickest speed of 1400

‘Omg gross! I have the same machine and now I am super scared,’ one woman wrote.

‘Love it! I do that to mine once a month. It’s mind blowing thinking your clothes actually swim in all that!’ another wrote.

As listed on the LG Help Library, the brand suggested this tactic is the best way to eliminate ‘scrud’ – the waxy build-up inside a washing machine that can occur when fabric softener comes in contact with detergent.

But the brand recommends dissolving two to three dishwashing tablets in a bucket of hot water first then pouring directly into the barrel to avoid damaging the machine.

How do dishwashing tablets work?

Phosphates: As one of the main ingredients in dishwashing detergent, phosphates remove calcium deposits and assist in breaking up food stuck to dishes, pots and pans.

Enzymes: These biological catalysts work on the cellular level to break down food deposits and remove oil and grease by loosening proteins and peptides.

Bleaches: Detergent contains a small amount of chlorine-based bleach to further dissolve food deposits and provide additional cleaning. 

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