I live in a hard water area and I do this fairly regularly and it has worked really well. Give it a try!
One day I was beginning to get worried about my washing machine. I had noticed the lime scale deposits brilding up in my kettle and naturally assumes that my washing machine must be just as bad. So I set about trying to fix it. Of course I could get the lime scale removal tablets that you can add to your wash but they are really pricey so I was on the humt for something cheeper. Then I cam accross an article of how to remove the lime scale from your cettle in a natural way. It was to use vinegar. So I tried it on the kettle and it worked brilliantly so I also tried it in the washing machine and it seems to have been very successful.
I did it this way. I bought a bottle of the cheepest vinegar I could find (about 500ml - 1 pints). I poured it directly into the drum along with a scoop of my regular laundry detergent (the same amount I would usually use in a regular wash). I then set the machine to do the longest and hottest wash available. And so I waited.
It worked! It was brilliant! There was no vinegary smell in the end and the drum sparcled. PLUS it cost me less that 50 pence. Totally brilliant! Try it out!
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