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Clothes smelling sour - only some

(18 Posts)
DraeneiMage Thu 25-Aug-16 09:49:15

Any idea why only some of my clothes smell sour when they've been taken out the wash and hung up outside? It's bizarre, some clothes from the same wash smell lovely and others have this weird sour smell?!

I use Fairy non bio powder, lenor softener and I do it on a 40 degree wash for an hour and 4 minutes.

Any ideas?!

Saucery Thu 25-Aug-16 09:57:23

Have you done a maintenance clean on your machine recently? That often helps.

DraeneiMage Thu 25-Aug-16 10:29:13

How do I do a maintenance clean?! blush

Saucery Thu 25-Aug-16 11:22:22

There are sachets you can get in the supermarket, that go in the powder compartment of your machine and you run the hottest wash setting you have.

Saucery Thu 25-Aug-16 11:23:00

Or have a search on here, it is an MN Specialist Subject grin

Saucery Thu 25-Aug-16 11:25:43

Or do a search on here, as it is an MN Specialist Subject grin

squiggletea Thu 25-Aug-16 17:09:59

Is it different fabric types? I find certain clothes harbour the smells more than others. Bio powder has revolutionised my washing.


Gatekeeper Thu 25-Aug-16 17:11:55

I would ditch the Fairy and start using bio. Ariel I'm my opinion is the best there is and always on offer in home bargains

wowfudge Thu 25-Aug-16 20:05:05

You don't need special sachets to clean your machine - put it on the longest, hottest wash with soda crystals or distilled vinegar. It might be that you need to use a forty degree wash on the smelly stuff if you usually do them at thirty.

DraeneiMage Fri 26-Aug-16 09:37:32

Thanks for your suggestions everyone - I stopped using bio when I had my baby but she's 2.5 now so I'm guessing I could switch back to bio?!

I'll try a maintenance wash, then I'll switch to bio & see if that makes a difference smile

roseteapot101 Fri 26-Aug-16 09:44:23

every few months i pop a couple milton sterilising tablets in the washing machine draw and pop on a very hot wash.I then pop it on a quick rinse.That removes all the weird odours that can build up

MadameCholetsDirtySecret Fri 26-Aug-16 09:47:24

Don't overload your machine either as the clothes won't wash properly and this could cause the smell.

PolterGoose Fri 26-Aug-16 09:47:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

misscph1973 Fri 26-Aug-16 09:51:31

Bio laundry powder works because it has enzymes in. This means that it works best at low temperatures. In my experience bio is very efficient.

Regarding the smell, it is because of different fabrics. Check the label and compare. Synthetics can smell very different to cotton.

Try using vinegar instead of fabric conditioner, it's really good for smells.

pieceofpurplesky Fri 26-Aug-16 09:57:50

Use powder not capsules too

chough Fri 26-Aug-16 14:23:32

I found this, but it's been fine since I started putting 2 Persil capsules in the machine instead of 1, which is in line with their directions for a 7kg plus load.
Could that be your problem: you have a large capacity machine and are not using enough detergent?

wowfudge Fri 26-Aug-16 15:36:47

I've read there's little evidence the enzymes in bio detergent cause skin irritation btw - it's the strong perfume in commercial brands which is more of an irritant.

Most normal bio washing powders contain bleaching agents which help keep your machine clean, as well as cleaning clothes. Liquids and capsules don't.

Gatehouse77 Fri 26-Aug-16 19:20:57

My dark clothes only come out of the washing machine smelling musty and horrible.

Lights, whites, linens and towels all fine.
I use the same programme but vary the temperature (40 for clothes, 60 for others).

I do regular maintenance with vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and tea tree oil but this has made no difference. I clean the seal and check the filter – all fine.

We use Sainsbury's non-bio tablets and Comfort Pure as myself and one DD react to anything else.


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