When your laundry is dirty, and you want to get it fresh, the worst thing is clothes not smelling fresh after washing. Sometimes, clothes smell after washing and it can be quite frustrating. It means either wearing slightly musty clothes or starting the wash all over again. So how can you avoid this not-so-nice laundry fate?
The important thing is to know why clothes smell damp after washing (or indeed why clothes smell musty after washing) and the things you can do to prevent this damp clothes smell. Here’s our handy guide:
Causes of bad smells in just-washed clothes
- Leaving your clothes in the machine for too long after the cycle has finished
- Using too much detergent
- Using not enough detergent
- Having an unclean washing machine
If your clothes smell after washing, it’s usually due to one of these four reasons. Luckily there are things you can do about each of them. If clothes smell musty or washing smells musty when dry, the answer is to take them out of the machine as soon as the wash has finished. If you’re struggling with time management, try using the ‘delay start’ function on your machine so you can time the wash to finish at a convenient time for you to hang your clothes up.
Alternatively, if your clothes are not smelling fresh after washing, it could be due to the amount of detergent you are using. Opt for laundry brands like Comfort which give you specific dosing balls – these measure out the amount you’ll need, making it much easier to get right. You could also use pre-filled capsules in your wash, taking away the issue of how much to use entirely.
Finally, if it’s your washing machine making clothes smell musty the only thing to do is to give it a good clean. Here are different ways to get started.