Laundry should smell nicer after it's washed.
June 27, 2010 1:23 PM Subscribe
My front-loading washing machine smells bad, and makes my clothes smell bad. It smells mildew-y or like a sour dishcloth, and has imparted sour dishcloth smell to my favorite black (i.e., can't be bleached) pants.
posted by theora55 to Home & Garden (29 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
To make it smell less bad, I have to run a load with bleach and hot water, then leave the door open. But the door is kind of in the way when open, and I don't always have a load that needs bleach, which is also not great for the environment. I've tried leaving dirty-but-dry towels in the washer to absorb moisture, but it's not always successful. Leaving the door unlatched, but sort of closed doesn't do it. If I leave stuff in the washer for a few hours after they're done, I have to re-wash them, which makes the water-saving feature of the high efficiency washer useless.