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My laundry smells......

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PersisFord Mon 17-Apr-17 09:11:02

I went away for the week, and when I came back there was a load of laundry wet in the machine. That's 3 weeks ago now and despite lots of washes the offending clothes still smell terrible. Also, I have washed the machine on empty on a hot wash, used a washing machine cleaner, cleaned all the filters.....and still the clothes coming out are not quite fresh smelling. It's revolting.

What can I do? Part of the trouble is that the smelly clothes have got in to other washes and contaminated them!!

wobblywonderwoman Mon 17-Apr-17 09:13:31


CMamaof4 Mon 17-Apr-17 09:13:36

Did u put it on the maximum temperature when cleaning like a 90?

wobblywonderwoman Mon 17-Apr-17 09:13:47


dementedpixie Mon 17-Apr-17 09:15:01

Zoflora in with the softener can help neutralise the bad odours on the washing

DevelopingDetritus Mon 17-Apr-17 09:16:22

Just a thought. Is the water actually getting hot? Also is the powder/liquid actually getting to the clothes and not getting blocked somewhere. The other thing to try maybe is a cup of white vinegar. What temperature is the wash on?

Heathen4Hire Mon 17-Apr-17 09:16:55

Dr Beckmann Washing Machine cleaner?

holidaychocs Mon 17-Apr-17 09:17:23

Have u tried the clothes outside first? I usually just re wash and it's fine tbh

Increasinglymiddleaged Mon 17-Apr-17 09:17:33

Wash it at 60. Temps lower than that don't kill the mould/ bacteria which are what smell.

holidaychocs Mon 17-Apr-17 09:17:44

Drying the clothes I meant to say

PersisFord Mon 17-Apr-17 09:24:20

Oh loads of lovely replies!! I did the hot wash at 90 and it was dr Beckmann washing machine cleaner. I haven't been washing at 60 though....I'll try that although I fear for some of the things.....we can't wear them as thy are though so I guess there's nothing to lose.

Part of the trouble is that we are using those horrible fairy liquid pods for the girls' the stuff is definitely getting there as it's in the drum but they don't smell great at the best of times. We don't use fabric conditioner but I could pop some vinegar in - with the clothes?

PersisFord Mon 17-Apr-17 09:25:31

I dry outside whenever I can - one little lacy cardy was so rank I left it out for about 3 days and it does smell better now. Still not fresh....

DevelopingDetritus Mon 17-Apr-17 09:26:46

I think a 40 wash should be enough, I agree, dry outside if possible, a nice sunny windy day.

dementedpixie Mon 17-Apr-17 09:30:06

Liquids aren't great for machines either. Could you use a powder version as they contain bleaches that help clean the drum?

DevelopingDetritus Mon 17-Apr-17 09:30:25

What about trying the Fairy powder or liquid instead. Or another mild one. I've had the Ecozone liquid and fabric conditioner recently, it's nice.

MunchMunch Mon 17-Apr-17 23:53:16

When I've left stuff in the washer, although not as long but still smells, I've dried the clothes and then re-washed and they've been fine.

I've tried washing them again when they're wet and I think they keep the wet foisty smell.

llangennith Tue 18-Apr-17 00:10:08

Change to another non-bio detergent. Fairy nonbio tabs don't dissolve properly in my machine.
Dettol antibacterial laundry liquid should get rid of the smell.

Teabagtits Tue 18-Apr-17 00:18:01

Bicarbonate of soda worked well for me as did dettol antibac for clothes. Vinegar worked ok but didn't rid of smells completely and I never got round to using the zoflora. I had clothes that would end up smelly after a day or two in the drawer - really bad like Pyle so I guessed the bacteria causing the smells weren't being killed off properly. After posting on here the above remedies were suggested and now my clothes smell fine again.

Ollivander84 Tue 18-Apr-17 00:22:29

Dettol anti bac or napisan

QuackDuckQuack Tue 18-Apr-17 00:26:13

DH's sports kit has some sort of issue with the fabric that means it starts to smell after a few wears/weshes. Soaking it in napisan sorts it.

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