If your newly washed clothing smell bad, you’re not alone. It’s more prevalent than most people realize, but the reasons are subtle enough to not immediately detect the stench.

Over time, moisture, detergent, and grime may cause clean clothing to smell strange. Of course, a few simple steps can be taken to resolve and avoid this problem. Let’s find out why your clothes smell after washing and how to eliminate undesirable odors in clean laundry.


Dirty Washing Machine

Washing machines frequently cause garments to smell bad. Since washing machines may store water, germs, mold, and limescale can grow in stagnant water. This may also clog machine filters. Additionally, soap residue and debris may develop germs in your washing machine. So cleaning it is a smart place to start.

Warm water and a light cleaning substance are used to clean and rinse the detergent drawer. Filter, and washing drum rubber seals. To finish, wipe everything down with a clean, dry towel and run an empty hot water wash cycle.


Bacteria remaining in the washing machine may persist in the washing drum and contaminate the next load of clothing.


Mis-using Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent labels prescribe a certain quantity of soap since less soap doesn’t wash effectively and leaves a stench. Too much laundry soap doesn’t rinse properly, causing soap scum. Always use suitable measuring glasses and follow the detergent’s directions. To avoid undesirable odors in laundered garments from too much or too little laundry soap.


Overloading Washer

Trying to fit as much cloth into a wash may cause harm. It makes sense to wash as much as possible in one cycle, but overdoing it might negate the point. When a machine is overcrowded. The detergent and water can’t go around the drum and into the clothes. Dirt and stains will remain after spotty cleaning, resulting in foul odors and the need to wash the clothes again.

To prevent this, make sure the load you’re washing matches the machine’s load setting (small, medium/regular, big, etc.).


If you put sheets, clothes and towels away even slightly damp, they’re going to smell pretty foul by the time you come to use them.


Late Drying

If you didn’t know, washing clothing in the machine is a big no-no! While it’s alright to take them out after a few minutes.  Leaving them in for too long causes the clothing’s moisture to stagnate, making them smell stale.

To know when the wash cycle is done, set a timer or reminder on your phone. This allows you to dry your items before they become moist and stink.


Poor Drying Of Washables


Something may go wrong whether you air-dry or use a dryer. Air-drying works best without “hovering” air. Good ventilation sweeps the evaporating water away from the garments. Drying them quickly enough to avoid the musty, wet smell. Regardless of ventilation, humid air may dampen garments. If you’re drying inside, use a dehumidifier.

When using a dryer, don’t overload it, or the drying may be patchy. Moisture remains in the cloth after the dry cycle.


Make sure you wash all the fabrics in your house in cold water with vinegar.


Unaired Fabrics

To return to ventilation, keeping dry garments requires attention. Stale air surrounding garments in a drawer may generate a musty or moldy scent that is unpleasant and might provoke allergies.

Thus, hanging clothes is better than folding and stacking them. This prevents mustiness by ventilating the cloth. If you must store them in cabinets or drawers, provide an area for air circulation.


Fabric Storage

Due to inactivity, seasonal clothing suffers the most here. You won’t wear heavier or insulated garments until winter, so they’ll sit in your closet for months. This implies that even a wash may not completely remove odors. Sun-drying clothes outside are the best solution. The air and sunshine will clean the garment, eliminating bacteria and odor.

When storing clothes for an extended period, use a perfumed bag. Smell removal is easier.


Applied enough to the laundry during the rinse cycle in a washing to make you laundry smell fresh.


Lack of White Vinegar or Fabric Softener

After washing, fabric softener or white vinegar may remove odors. White vinegar neutralizes garment odors, whereas softeners smell good and help the issue. For a win-win, add fabric softener and white vinegar to the wash cycle!


Only Use Cool/cold Wash Cycles

Although colder water temperatures protect many materials. They may reduce the cleaning power of your washing machine and detergent. Simply put, hot water cleans better than chilly water. Therefore, if the care tag allows, wash the clothes on a hot cycle. However, use a stronger detergent in cooler water and a longer wash cycle for materials that cannot be washed in hot water.

If you want to keep your clothing from smelling after washing, use the aforementioned tips! You may keep your garments smelling fresh and neutral by studying the reasons and following this article’s advice. Clothing labels, laundry detergent labels, and washing machine manuals should also be followed. While your clothing smells fresh, you won’t damage anything!