There’s nothing quite like that fresh laundry smell when you pull your clothes out of the dryer. If yours don’t, there could be a few reasons why. Find out why your laundry might not smell as fresh as you like and learn what you can do about it.
Small Laundry Loads
Don’t overfill the washing machine. Smaller loads will get cleaned more effectively, letting the detergent do what it needs to do to remove odors.
Is there anything worse than pulling clean clothes out of the dryer and getting a whiff of mildew? Leaving clothes in the washing machine too long will cause this smell and you’ll end up having to re-wash. Set an alarm to make sure you get those clothes out of the machine as soon as they are done.
If you aren’t loving the smell of your laundry even after it’s washed, it might be your laundry detergent. It might be time to switch it up. Experiment with different brands until you find a scent that you love.
Since you are already separating for color, why not separate for smell too? Adding something super stinky to the load can keep the rest of the wash from smelling fresh when the cycle is done. Pull out your work out gear, stinky towels, baby clothes that have spit up (or worse) on them, and any other stinky items and do a load for each.
Use a Booster
If regular detergent isn’t cutting it, try a laundry booster to get that fresh laundry scent you are looking for. Add borax, oxy clean, or any other number of laundry boosters on the market to your wash. Just be sure to check your manufacturer directions first.
Maybe a simple fabric softener is all you need to enjoy fresh-smelling laundry. Try out a few different brands of softeners. The varieties are endless. There are sheets and liquids and tons of scents to choose from.
If the weather is right, dry your clothes outside. There’s nothing fresher than the smell of laundry dried in the open air. Consider putting a line outside in your yard, or even taking your drying rack outside.
Don’t Forget the Closet
Once the laundry is clean and smelling fresh, it’s time to put the clothes away. Keep that fresh scent going by adding an air freshener or deodorizer to your closet and drawers.
You don’t have to settle for musty smelling clothes. Use the tips above to keep your fresh laundry smelling clean!