Put on a t-shirt yesterday and noticed faded black streaks on it - investigated furthr and found mouldy/mildew in the wm drawer (even though I run a 90 wash once a week and leave the door open in between washes)
I've got two questions: is it harmful? I'm breastfeeding and therefore bras will be going through the wash - so could the mould get to my 8mo's tummy and cause harm? Also her clothes will be washed in it too as are t-towels/flannels (although I tumble dry most things (on low) apart from bras etc)
How do I get rid of it? I thought the 90 wash would stop it forming - but I never use the drawer as I put gel tabs straight into the drum. At the mo it doesn't look too bad (bit of bowny/liquidy gunk as you open the drawer) but I haven't taken out the drawer yet (bit of a weak stomach for this kind of thing - will hand over to dh for the cleaning )
You can also put it through the dishwasher. I tend to take mine out once a month or so give it a good rinse, the soak in hot water to loosen gunk, then scrub with a kitchen cleaner and then if dishwasher is about to go on and there is space on the top rack I stick it in there too.
I reckon the mould/gunk is caused by old fabric softner.
It is sad how satisfying that shiny clean drawer is! I just checked mine and it is still clean - I stopped using fabric softener for a while so no yucky build up in that compartment. I do use liquid but use it in the machine drum not the drawer.
Thanks everyone - I know I'm a big wuss Mutt but if you knew how many times my tummy was doing somersaults just reading through the answers (especially the satisfaction you get with scraping off the gunk by hand!) <<boak emoticon>> Yet pooey nappies and copious vomit I'm fine with - very odd.
I don't use fabric softener so it must be humidity as BonsoirAnna says.
Does it have to be the top rack of the dishwasher (I'm being wussy on dd's behalf as this is where her stuff goes ((god I really am a huge wuss aren't I )))
And can I carry on using the washing machine until Icanpersuadedhtodoit it's done?
Well you could carry on using the washing machine but as you saw with your t-shirt, it gets on your clothes. When will DH be around to do it? If he can do it today or tomorrow I would just wait.
With regard to the dishwasher - I think it needs to go on the top rack as (I may be wrong here!) the wash is more gentle on the top.
TBH if I were you if I needed the washing machine today I would take it out, run it under the hot tap if you can and then put it through the dishwasher with nothing else in it (you could use the opportunity to wash dishwashing brush and/or cloths/sponges too so it doesn't feel too wasteful!
Then it should be clean enough to use and you can get DH to scrub it out more thoroughly if necessary.
This is exactly the issue I'm having and I am going to stick mine in the DW. You need to put it on the top rack because the element is at the bottom of most dishwashers (I know mine is) and the heat may cause the drawer to distort.
I stick the drawer into the dishwasher on the cooler (35c) quick wash and it comes out fine.
The bigger problem is how to remove the black flakey stuff that forms on the roof of the slot where the drawer goes. A toothbrush only dislodges the main bits, but the edges and nooks and crannies are impossible to reach. I've been tempted to dry it out with a hairdryer after each wash, but worried DH will think i've gone mad!
Rofl themoon yep I reckon you're right - what would you think if you saw someone pointing a hairdryer into the space where the drawer should be on a washing machine?!
Does that bring us back to this magic tablet evaangel2 mentioned? Anyone know what it's called?
I take my drawer out, leave it in the washing up bowl with hot water with a bit of laundry powder in it to soak for a bit and then scrub with a toothbrush - but like you say in the drawer slot there are bitsofgunge which I can't get to and it's really grrr-inducing.