When clothing comes out of the washing machine, it should smell amazing ... but sadly, that isn’t always the case. Smelly washing is a real problem, and it's one that needs tackling! Here’s everything you need to know about why your clean clothes might smell bad, and how you can easily fix the issue.
The Causes of Smelly Clothing
Sometimes, clothing smells as soon as it comes out of the washing machine. Other times your clean laundry may smell fine at first, but then environmental factors can result in lingering smells. If you smoke in your home, have pets, or regularly cook with fragrant ingredients like garlic and onions, you may find these odours permeate your clothing. Here are some common reasons for why your clothes may smell after washing, and how to combat the problem:
Check Your Washing Machine
Believe it or not, if your washing smells as soon as it comes out of the washing machine, it could be the machine itself that’s to blame! Washing machines are not self-cleaning, and so they do require a bit of maintenance every now and then.
Not only can a build up of dirt from your dirty laundry affect the smell of your clothes, but also mould can easily grow inside the washing machine as it is a dark, damp environment – the perfect breeding ground for spores. Think your washing machine needs freshening up? Check out this article for advice on how to clean a smelly washing machine.
Rethink Your Washing Habits
We all have our own way of doing the laundry, but some of us might be using methods that mean our clothes are not coming out of the machine as fresh as they could be. A common mistake when it comes to doing the laundry is using too much, or too little, detergent.
Too much can mean that the detergent isn’t fully rinsed from the clothes and could create a bad odour, while too little could mean that your clothes aren’t being cleaned properly.
A handy hint is to use the Persil liquid dosing ball, which ensures you use the correct amount in each and every wash, or switch to our Powercaps washing capsules, so you only need to pop one or two caps in (depending on your load size and water hardness) to get great results. You can also check out our dosing guide for more information.
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