Tips and tricks to make your laundry smell better
Clean the washing machine
Oh yes, a dank and smelly washing machine may be the reason for your laundry smelling less than fresh. If you have a front loader, check the instructions on the amount of laundry detergent you should be using. Front loaders generally use less water, so the more detergent you use, the more residue can be deposited on the sides of the drum, which can, in turn, result in mould forming. If you have a top-loader, be aware that mildew can grow underneath the agitator.
Remember, germs thrive in moist conditions, so after doing a load of washing, dry out the inside with a cloth of small towel and leave the door open so that it can dry completely.
Use a trusted laundry product
There are many imposters on the market, so stick to your favourite washing powder and fabric conditioner brands to make sure that your clothes smell as though they’re fresh out of the wash. Again, remember that you should always use the recommended amount per load as stipulated on the package as too much product may leave unwanted marks on clothes. For an exotic fragrance, you could also experiment by adding about 10 drops of your favourite essential oil to the rinse cycle.
Try not to leave a wet load of washing in the machine. Rather hang it out to dry as soon as you can – preferably in full sun. As mentioned, wet conditions create a breeding ground for bacteria and can be the cause of smelly laundry.
Don’t pack away damp clothes
If, at the end of the day your clothes are still damp after drying outside, hang them up inside the house. Don’t fold, stack and pack away damp laundry otherwise they may grow mildew and smell sour. If you’re pressed for time and want to wear a damp item use a hairdryer to dry it.
Sweet-smelling laundry will ensure that every member of your family will have the chance to feel proud and confident when they interact with others. By following these simple tips you will avoid ever having a bad laundry day again.