Detoxifying Your Washer and Dryer

Products

  • Branch Basics– Helps break down and neutralize chemical residues.
  • BOC (Unscented) – Helps to break down chemicals, neutralizes mycotoxins from mold and decomposes hydrocarbons. Available from Medina Company (http://www.hastagro.com/ or 830-426-3011
  • Baking Soda – Available from your local grocery store
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – Regular 3% Peroxide. Available from your local grocery store.

Detoxifying Your Washer

TOP-LOADING MACHINES

  • Fill washer with hot water
  • Add one or more of the following:
    • Up to 2 quarts of hydrogen peroxide
    • 2 lb box of baking soda
    • 1/4 cup Branch Basics
  • Let sit overnight
  • Run through full cycle
  • Repeat as many times as necessary using a variety of the above options
  • Additional treatments:
    • Affresh (www.affresh.com) – Odor removal (mold, mildew, fragrance). Helps to remove fabric softener and detergent odors. Will take numerous treatments. This is available from Lowe’s, Home Depot, Krogers, Sears, Best Buy. Designed for front loaders, but can try in top loading machine. (Note: this product has an odor, but it will dissipate. If chemically sensitive, please have someone else treat the washer and dryer.)
    • Spray Branch Basics (Bathroom Dilution) in washer when not running.

HE (HIGH EFFICIENCY) FRONT LOADING MACHINES

  • Use hot water
  • Add one or more of the following
  • Additional treatments:
    • Up to 2 quarts hydrogen peroxide
    • 2 lb box of baking soda
    • 1/4 cup Branch Basics
    • Run through full cycle
    • Repeat as many times as necessary using a variety of the above options
  • Additional treatments:
    • Affresh (www.affresh.com) – Odor removal (mold, mildew, fragrance). Helps to remove fabric softener and detergent odors. Will take numerous treatments. This is available from Lowe’s, Home Depot, Krogers, Sears, Best Buy. Designed for front loaders. (Note: this product has an odor, but it will dissipate. If chemically sensitive, please have someone else treat the washer and dryer.)
    • Spray Branch Basics (Bathroom Dilution) in washer when not running

Detoxifying your Dryer

ALTERNATE BETWEEN THE FOLLOWING:

    Use Medina’s BOC

  • Spray undiluted BOC on the dryer interior
  • Close dryer for 1 hour
  • Open up and ventilate
  • Spray a damp towel with BOC and run through a drying cycle
    Use Branch Basics

  • Spray Branch Basics (Bathroom Dilution) on the dryer interior
  • Spray a damp towel with Branch Basics (Bathroom Dilution) and run through a drying cycle
  • Also, can spray Branch Basics (Bathroom Dilution) on the dryer interior when dryer is not in use

Repeat this process until all odors are gone. Keep at it, don’t give up, it could take several weeks for the smell to be eliminated completely.

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3 Comments

  1. Do the washer/dryer need to be completely detoxed before any more loads can be run through them (washed in non-toxic detergent)? Or can rounds of detoxing be done in between loads? I’m trying to help my mom through the laundry detox process, but she likes to do laundry first thing in the morning and throughout the day, and doesn’t like when she can’t do the laundry whenever she wants.

    1. Hello Rachel. Thanks for your question!

      If the washing machine and dryer are highly contaminated – best to clean first – but if it is not a big fragrance issue – just start cleaning clothes and add vinegar to each load. If you are trying to get smell from toxic products out of clothes – the first thing to do is sun the clothes and detox the machines.

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