{Laundry} Getting To The Root Of Damp Smells On Laundry Day

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When it comes to dreams of being a domestic Goddess, most of us imagine freshly folded clothes of laundry which smell like fields of flowers. Sadly, that dream is often an unattainable one. Many of us struggle with getting the laundered smell we desire. More often than you might think, we struggle with the reality of laundry which smells damp. And, that’s far from ideal. You know how it goes; you’re humming away while pulling your laundry from the machine. And, then it hits you. Those clothes smell like they’ve been swimming in water for the past week.

This is something most housewives experience at some stage. It can be endlessly frustrating, not to mention a waste of your time. You either have to rewash those clothes or deal with the smell of mildew. But, what if we were to tell you there was another way? When you get down to it, persistent issues here usually have root causes. And, by getting to that root, you can put the problem to bed. Read on to set yourself off on this deweeding mission.

You’re leaving laundry in the machine too long

Leaving laundry in the machine too long is one of the most common reasons for issues here. We’ve all made the mistake of sticking laundry in first thing and forgetting it until the evening. The trouble is, your clothes are damp and unable to breathe in the interim. It should come as no surprise, then, that they smell funky by the time you get around to this. Luckily, this has a simple solution. All you need to do is make sure you’re removing damp clothes sooner. As a rule, try not to leave your washing in the machine for longer than an hour after it finishes. By eliminating those wet conditions, you’ll eliminate that smell.
Your machine needs attention

If the above doesn’t help, it may be that you have a problem with your machine. Most often, you’ll find a damp smell occurs when your machine’s lint filters become overloaded. You should aim to clean these every three months to make sure this doesn’t happen. In extreme cases, you may even find that inadequate machine ventilation is at fault. If there’s nowhere for the dirty water to drain, you can bet your clothes will suffer for it. In this instance, contact a company like maplewoodplumbing.com to help you out. With a little alteration to your ventilation, your clothes will smell laundry fresh again in no time.

You’re using too much detergent

This one’s a curveball, but it’s worth a mention. You’d think that there’s no such thing as ‘too much’ laundry detergent but, as you can see from sites like www.rd.com, you would be wrong. It turns out using too much detergent means your clothes don’t get a complete wash. And, those excess suds can soon turn to funky smells. If neither of the above is your issue, make sure you stick to the recommended detergent amounts from now on.

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