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Off-Smelling Laundry? Here’s Why.

Posted by Clean Rite on August 04, 2021

Every now and then, we all make simple mistakes when it’s time to do laundry — but these mistakes are totally avoidable if you know what to look for!


In this post, we’ll talk about some of the common reasons why your laundry may start to smell a bit off. We hope it helps you ensure your clothes stay clean, and your style stays on point. 


#1: You Didn’t Dry Long Enough

If you’ve ever left a load of laundry in the washer for a few days (or put wet clothes in your laundry bag at home!), then you’re familiar with the smell of mildew. This unfortunate scent in your clothes is the sign that you may need to let your clothes spend a little more time in the dryer or on the line. 


#2: You Didn’t Use Enough Detergent

A common culprit — not using enough detergent in the laundry is usually a surefire way to keep old smells around in your clothes. A small amount of detergent will do what it can to lift stains, but using the full, recommended amount will allow detergent to spread evenly throughout your wash. This helps lift stains and scent alike, resulting in cleaner laundry. 


#3: You Used Too Much Detergent

Believe it or not — using too much detergent can send your clothes in the wrong direction, in essence making them smell too good. This is usually a culprit with concentrated, scented detergents that don’t receive enough dilution in the wash. Either back off how much detergent you use (measure to the lines in your detergent’s cup!), or select a larger size load with your washer.

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