Monday, July 02, 2007

Rainy Days and Mondays

I hate Mondays - Garfield

Thought I'd better do some washing this morning. Because of the weather I'd been putting it off for a while. The forecast was for light showers and there was a bit of a breeze so I thought I'd give it a go. Loaded the machine with grubby stuff, opened the drawer for the conditioner and thought 'I'll just give that a bit of a rinse'.

Now to get at this particular bit of the washing machine involves a bit of a palaver. I have to pull the dryer out and swivel the washing machine around while lifting the worktop up at the same time. And all in a space the size of a cupboard.

Can someone explain to me why things that constantly have water flowing through them, e.g. showers, lavatories, washing machines, etc., get so disgustingly dirty?? Not just a bit of scale, bits of fluff or even hair, but horrible black slimy stuff. Yuk.
So after fiddling about with toothbrush, cloth and soapy water, getting all the appliances back in their rightful places, etc., etc., I eventually was in a position to hang out my sparkling clean clothes............................ Then it rained.


Delmonti said...

That's also puzzled me.... that black 'orrible stuff in the detergent drawer.

Delmonti said...

UPDATE: I found this while searching for "black 'orrible stuff in the detergent drawer" in Google (Isnt t'internet marvelous!)

If you get the soap drawer out and look up above it you'll see a series of jets, this is where the water comes in to disperse into the drawer, make sure that is also clean, we find it best to use an old toothbrush dipped in a little bleach to get them clean, especially if they are a bit mouldy. Any black "stuff" you see in there is mould, it's a build up of bacteria who just love the wet environment to breed in. it is best to do this before a maintenance wash to ensure that any bleach or other cleaning products are removed and do not then affect the next load that you wash.

Delmonti said...


How to Clean a washing machine soap drawer

Chris said...

Wow, Delmonti - you're my hero xxxx

Doesn't mean I'm going to do it more often though!

jomoore said...

I always thought that the black stuff was what grew as a result of the biological-ness of biological washing powder. I'm now a non-bio gal, and my washing machine is a black 'orrible stuff free zone.

Ve-ry in-ter-esting...

(If it's living stuff, maybe you can put it in a yoghurt and call it friendly bacteria...?)

Chris said...

Ah Jo - that doesn't explain how we get it in the shower, too. No biological soapiness in there. Unless....... perhaps....... Dad's run out of shower gel.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Chris. Love the title of your blog 'cos I feel the same. I don't know the answer but I'd sure like to know! I mean, i'm on my own, I don't do that much washing compared to a family, yet I'm constantly having to get fluff out of water-based appliances!