Use the Washing Machine to Defrost Frozen Food

We’re getting closer and closer to every part of our home these days, so let’s take the time to explore the unknown uses of this humble washing machine.

To improve cleaning performance, add a cup of white vinegar to your wash cycle to remove odors and act as a natural fabric softener. You can also add a dried-up cap of detergent directly to your wash cycle. (Just don’t include delicacies in case the cap gets caught in your clothes, and don’t put the cap in the dryer.)

Remember to wash your oven mitts, reusable grocery bags and sports bags regularly – just check the labels and machine wash them according to the instructions.

Use crumpled foil balls or old tennis balls in the dryer to fluff up the garment and shorten the drying time. You can also add a dry towel to each dryer load to help absorb excess moisture.

To really get the most out of your washing machine, use it to defrost frozen food. Place the frozen food in the freezer bag, making sure it is tightly closed. Run a delicate cold cycle (no clothes or detergents). Stirring and convection will completely defrost your food.

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