Do your clothes smell after washing them?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Big-TDI-Guy, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    Tide Washing Machine Cleaner. Put in a full packet, run a cycle on hot, then do a load and see if that gets rid of it. If not, put in another packet and try again.
  2. susierosietoes macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2013
    Resurrecting this thing because I've been totally bummed over about 5 of my husband's shirts, two pairs of my favorite (and fairly expensive) workout pants and 2 awesome (and fairly expensive) jackets that I ONCE left in my front-loading HE washer for too long. Each of these pieces of clothing got that funky stank that won't come out, no matter what I do.

    I can wash clothes in the washer now without them acquiring the stinkiness, so that problem is solved. But these 9-10 pieces WILL NOT GET CLEAN, no matter what I try. I've washed them with vinegar. I've added Arm & Hammer booster. I've added Clorox booster. I've tried Oxyclean. I've tried Borax. I've tried more detergent, extra rinsing, less detergent...all to no avail. I've cleaned the washer and since no other clothes are acquiring the scent, I figure it's embedded in the fabric of these 9-10 pieces.

    I never dry these clothes in the dryer—I'm afraid of "locking in" the smell. They always hang dry and sometimes a couple of them has seemed clean...but as soon as we wear them, five minutes in, that scent is back.

    At this point, most of the clothes stay in the laundry room. I don't even bother to put them in the closet, for fear of sending my husband to work with a stinky shirt. So I keep re-washing them and trying new techniques, but so far, nothing's working.

    Am I doomed to throw these pieces away? I keep trying to get them clean- replacing them means spending over $350. Argh!!!
  3. Gonzo3333 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    You may want to leave them in the sun for an afternoon or two. One of my trash cans developed a very nasty smell one week (spoiled chicken). I put the trash can in the back yard and let the sun's UV take care of most of the smell. Before you get rid of those clothes give that a try.

    Since I also had a relatively new washing machine fry it's circuit board two months ago (a non HE top loader) I was in the market for a new machine. I did some research and ended up buying a Maytag Bravos top loader HE washer. So far I am pretty happy with the machine, I was always in the habit of keeping the lid open after a load so I never had the mildew problem associated with the front loaders. One thing I have noticed is that there is definitely water somewhere below the level of the tub in the machine when it if finished with a wash cycle. I am not sure if that is going to become a problem later during the machines life. I guess I'll resurrect this thread again if it becomes a problem.
  4. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    My clothes come out fine (though sometimes you can notice the smell if left for a long period of time). But also, using liquid fabric softener completely masks any smell coming out of the washer when I use that.
  5. wct097 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2010
    The "problem" with front loading washers is that the water never completely drains out and you end up with mold/mildew inside the machine which then gets into the clothes when you wash them.

    Don't know if it's been mentioned in this thread or not, but front loading washers do require regular maintenance that regular washers may not. You're supposed to drain them and clean out the filter/trap every 6 months or so. It's also a good idea to leave the front door open when you're done washing to let it air out.

    I would suggest the following:
    1. Find your user manual and follow the steps to drain and clean the trap/filter in your washer.
    2. Do the whole bleach/hot water run with nothing in the machine to clean it out.
    3. Do a test wash with a big fluffy towel to see if it smells when you're done.
    4. After washing, leave the door open until the next time you wash (or if it's in the way, leave it open for an hour or two or overnight).
  6. musicjunky macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2013
    My girlfriend's dryer is really weak, so my clothes come out slight wet sometimes, and after it dries it stanksss. :eek:
  7. Shannmyst macrumors newbie


    Oct 28, 2017
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    I had the same problem with my front loader, i have a new washer now, but before that i would buy a bag of pool shock and put 1\4 cup in the drum and run the regular cycle on hot water. Do that once every couple weeks and still leave he door open.
  8. jeyf, Oct 28, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2017

    jeyf macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2009
    this is an old post but the OP had mentioned a thing peeps over look:
    new washing machines in an older house often pumps water out faster than the old household plumbing can drain. With care, do a quick snake into the old pipe to remove corrosion grime.
    verify the drain hose, the portion inside the pipe is short as possible, dosnt extend way down into the plumbing
    -either way the bad here is the water siphoning back into the washing machine from the household plumbing.

    all good but pool shock is strong / expensive.
    mix up a spray bottle of cool tap water & house hold bleach and spray every day for a few and than after every use. You dont need as much bleach as you think, like one part bleach to 30 parts water. Verify the washing machine is mostly level on the floor.
    -you should use COOL water as bleach evaporates quick with hot water

    Verify the lint filter. Try NOT using the auto moisture detect and used the standard timed dry. The moisture detector over time gives a false done signal.
  9. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Personally, i wouldn't really know. I don't make a habit of smelling my own clothes after washing them.

    But no,,, no smell. I'm not gonna smell them all the time
  10. jeyf macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2009
  11. P. Collins macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2018
    New york
    I have a top loading HE washer. My cloths have a strange order to. Especially in my sweaters and blankets. I leave the lid open. I have done cleaning cycles. I put it on soak first. I can't wait until it breaks. Then I will get a regular washer. My luck it won't!!
  12. jeyf macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2009
    pour a TINY bit bleach into the empty washer and CLOSE the lid
  13. Swampbaby985 macrumors member


    Nov 25, 2013
    East Texas
    So as the title says, my washing machine has been leaving our clothes smelling like old gym socks after the wash cycle. I already leave the lid open when it's not in use. I've tried those expensive washing machine cleaners, I've used the extra rinse cycle, less detergent, I've tried different water temperatures. Nothing seems to work. I'm truly at a loss as to how to get rid of this. It's getting to the point I'm embarrassed by the smell on the laundry. I have noticed that when I wash white clothes and use bleach that the white clothes don't have the funky smell on them.

    I saw an article online that suggeted using vinegar. It said to add it to the same location you'd add the liquid bleach. My question is how much vinegar should I use? Should I also add fabric softener to the cycle?

    The machine is a top loading LG washer.
  14. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    As for me, I keep my clothes washer (a Whirlpool top-loading agitator-less unit) clean by leaving the top open for about four to five hours after running the washer. No smell from my clothes so far! :)
  15. martin2345uk macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2013
    Manchester, UK
    I’ve never seen a top loading washing machine in my life! I’m guessing they’re pretty common in the states? Or at least used to be..?
  16. MC6800 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2016
    They used to be almost exclusively top loaders. Growing up I'd only see the occasional front-loading Speed Queen in a laundromat. Maybe for tourists to use?
  17. martin2345uk macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2013
    Manchester, UK
    Actually I do believe I've seen a top-loader on The Middle! I like the idea of a top-loader, why do they use more water?
  18. tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    They used to a lot more water but they are more efficient now. We have a new generation top load washer and it is great! No stink like from our front loader. And it is huge!! We can was like double the size loads.
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    I see this is an old post but just in case anyone needs laundry help...we use a great detergent call Rockin Green. They have regular detergent and also an additive to remove funk in clothes.... I have been very happy with how our clothes smell (no overly perfumy scent) fresh with our top load and detergent.
  19. jeyf macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2009
    top loader; Use more water and somewhat harsh on your cloths. I dont know why they use more water but water is expensive in Denver. I tend to install repair things my self so there are more parts and youtube vids out there for the top loaders. I usually buy rebuilt appliances and of whats re built the top loaders are the best quality compared to the early gen front loaders that are being rebuilt.

    front loader; They use less water, easier on you cloths too. if you stack them the dryer is way on top; difficult to reach or read the dryer display and the one on the bottom is difficult to reach too. If one of the pair washer or dryer goes bad you might difficulty finding a mate to the pair. early gen front loaders had issues prone to leaks and odor.

    A spray bottle of bleach after you empty the machine is your best bet to eliminate the odor but its a dry climate here so little chance the washing machine will pic up an odor.
  20. Martyimac macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2009
    S. AZ.
    Our new (2 years old) Kenmore front loader only uses sufficient water on the "Bulky" setting. We also select soil level at least one level higher than normal and found our clothes are well washed with no residual smell. The normal level didn't even have water showing in the tub when we used it probably contributing to the lack of sufficient washing.
    As to smell buildup in the washer, just leave the door cracked open, along with the detergent drawer. That will provide sufficient drying to preclude any odor buildup. No beaching required.
  21. tl01, Feb 18, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2018

    tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010

    Top loaders aren’t harder on your clothes anymore if you get the ones with an impeller. Agitators are harsh on clothes...impellers are not. The new machines have impellers and the move the clothes up and down so they don’t have to use as much water as a machine with an agitator.
  22. Volusia macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2016
    Central Florida
    With a paper towel, wipe the inside of the rubber seal around the door (reach into the washer and bring it in from that direction). Check your instructions for how to clean the tub. For ours, pout one cup of beach directly in the tub and set the cycle to "clean." Really makes a difference
  23. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    Actually, my Whirlpool clothes washer is a newer "impeller" model that has no central agitator and is considered a high-efficiency model (in fact, it requires the use of HE-type detergents). Like I said, I keep the lid open for 4-5 hours after using it and so far no issues. :)
  24. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    Add ½ cup of white vinegar to the front loader when putting in the clothes. Kills, mould, mildew and most nasty smells. Hang outside to dry if possible. Wipe out the machine and leave the door ajar to dry after use. Have husband and front loader :)
  25. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    Watch out we found a stinking dead mouse in there after dumping clothes in.

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