Fellow Grannies, Non-Grannies, and Guys that keep house:
If you own a modern washing machine, you've probably experienced the sudden involuntary nose-wrinkling inside or near your laundry room. It happens when you are hit by a smell like the worst kind of nightmare about ancient mold. If you have never experienced this odor, you either have a perpetual head cold or you really need to quit smoking.
Well the first time I really took notice of this nasal offense in my current home - the Chicken House project, I just never imagined it could be coming from the very machine with the primary function of making smelly things smell better. So I reasoned it must be from a mouse family that had died somewhere inside the walls of my laundry room. This seemed the logical answer since I actually found a tiny mouse skeleton snuggled inside the fuzzy insulation between wall studs. Moldy Skeletons This was discovered after tearing out old, equally moldy drywall during a remodeling project that resulted in the addition of the aforementioned laundry room (pause for breath), so it just seemed likely. Here's the tiny skeleton, which could easily be mistaken for a key archaeological discovery if taken out of context.
So I set my index fingers a'search and found out a whole passel of people have experienced this very problem, and they kindly took the time to write about it. And boy did a bunch of people write! I spent an hour pouring over the article and all the comments, and I am grateful. This information saved me from experimentation that most likely would have resulted in having to buy a new washer. So instead of reinventing the wheel (wash tub), I'm going to share these other good folks' page here:
Today's Homeowner ... how-to Remove mold and mildew from front load washing machines
Thank you Julie Day, Today's Homeowner!
Pull up a rocker. Lets embrace granny-hood and all the insta-wisdom that comes with the title. I'm here to heap on a dose of good ole' How-To and DIY stuff I've picked up along the way - mostly from fellow rocker jockeys around the web. Plus a helping or two from countless generations of Grannies and Great-Grannies who came before me, most notably:
~ Maow, aka Mickey Maow
~ Mimmaw Kron
~ Mimmaw Hale
~ Granny Clampett (TV Granny, circa 1962 - 1970-ish)