Have you ever wondered why it is that your clothes, after going through a rigorous washing process still come out smelling less than clean – may you even say stinky? Going through a mental checklist of the different items you utilized in the laundry process that could have caused this unpleasant odor, the result can leave you still questioning what could be the root cause of your odorous laundry problem! Could it be that your clothes are just so stinky that the smells just won’t come out or that you have a flaw in your ‘thought to be’ perfect laundry routine? The truth is that both the products you use, and your washing machine are the likely cause of your unwanted, pungent smelling laundry. Keep reading below to learn what you can do in your laundry routine to help minimize odors and the secret on how to get great smelling laundry in every wash cycle!
Is Your Washing Machine an Odor Culprit?
You know that front load washing machine that you wished for with eagerness, well this popular style washing machine could be a major culprit of odors on your freshly washed clothing. Typically, when we think of washing machines we tend to associate them with being clean, however, think again! Washing machines, particularly front load washing machines harbor bacteria, odors, and even sometimes the dreaded mold! Most of the time, when your washing machine acquires that unpleasant musty/mildew smell – that eventually will spread that mildew smell on laundry – it is a strong indicator of bacteria growth in your machine. Therefore, taking into consideration that your washer too needs to be ‘washed’ is important to upholding a pleasant-smelling washing machine and maybe even having a helpful washing machine odor neutralizer can also be of assistance in your fight against unwanted washing machine odors.
Why Does My Washing Machine Smell
If your washing machine stinks, don’t fret, you are not alone! Washing machines can trap and accumulate a buildup of odorous funky smells from odors collected on your apparel, or even from the products that you use in your machine, like detergent, fabric softener, bleach, or vinegar. Extra detergent and product can gather inside the machine (especially in front load washers) and be spread onto clean laundry creating a foul combination of fragrances & body odors – Ew! Over time the constantly wet decaying matter called “bio-film” can begin to form an odor that will spread onto laundry – so controlling the odor within your washing machine is critical in getting great smelling laundry!
Front Load Washer Smells… What to Do!
High-efficiency front load washers are successful in minimizing water use and energy use – but they are unfortunately not very efficient in odor reduction! Front load washers work by filling water just on the bottom of the wash tub, and since the clothing spins on a horizontal axis the clothes will tumble through the water – eliminating the need to fill the tub completely with water. However, when you add in the amalgam of laundry care products like detergent, fabric softener, and bleach these products will douse your clothing but will not be properly washed away from your fabrics due to the small amount of water present in the washing machine. The result is sometimes foul-smelling clothes and most importantly a stinky smelling washer that is coated in a layer of soap scum.
How do you beat the odors emanating from your front-load washing machine for good?
- Firstly, make sure that you are using the right amount of product in your wash loads – when you use too much of the product(s) it will sit inside the machine and develop an odor.
- Secondly, it is recommended to run your front load washing machine on a hot water wash or soak for preventative maintenance, this cycle will help to dissolve the bio-film buildup inside the machine.
- Lastly, a cleaning of the trap or drain pump filter may be necessary as these can be a likely culprit of collected odors.
Hint – Try using laundry products that do not use fragrances that will contribute to the washing machine odors or even use an effective odor eliminating laundry additive!
How to Deodorize Washing Machine and Get Clean Smelling Clothes…Finally!
Now is the time to let you in on our little secret for getting great smelling laundry… are you ready? To finally get your washing machine smelling good and your clothes smelling even better, all you need to do is run a regular washing machine deodorization cleaning with the OdorKlenz Washing Machine Deodorizer. The OdorKlenz Washing Machine Deodorizer is a fast-acting, effective solution to eliminating foul odors within your washing machine. A washing machine deodorizer works to fight the offending odor-causing residues inside your washing machine that are transferring onto your newly washed clothing. By taking steps to effectively clean and deodorize your washing machine you can be sure that you will get clean smelling clothes…finally!