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Why do clothes stink after washing? 7 causes of unpleasant odor

Anna OnishchenkoLife
Why clothes stink after washing

It would seem that clothes should smell fresh and clean after washing. However, sometimes an unpleasant situation happens: things taken out of the machine stink.

Better Homes told us about the causes of the unpleasant odor and how to get rid of this problem.

Overloading the washing machine

To save time, people sometimes load the washing machine to 100%. However, if there is not enough space for clothes, you can forget about high-quality washing and thorough rinsing. Experts recommend filling only a third of the drum.

Incorrect washing machine settings

Your washing machine has so many settings for a reason. You need to use the right settings for different fabrics and soils. For example, washing at low temperatures does not kill all bacteria and fungi, which leads to their growth and odor.

Too much detergent

Too much detergent is not rinsed out completely, settling on the clothes and causing them to smell and dull. In addition, the fabric becomes much less pleasant to the touch. If you've ever had towels or clothes that crunch after washing or become stiff, pay attention to this point.

Dirty washing machine

Mold and mildew can form in the drum, seals and other damp areas, and residual dirt from clothes accumulates in the filters and hoses over time. All of this causes an unpleasant odor, so you need to wash the washing machine thoroughly from time to time.

Improper drying

The longer your clothes stay wet, the more likely they are to start to smell bad. Moisture is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, so dry your clothes completely and in a room with good ventilation.

Not drying in time

Once again, bacteria and mold will appear on wet clothes faster than you think. Therefore, if you forget wet clothes in the washing machine for a long time, you can not even take them out, but immediately wash them again.

Fabric softener

Fabric softeners can mask odors at first, but over time, they can build up on the fibers of the clothes.

In addition, excess softener can make clothes dull and crispy.

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