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 6502

    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 G4

    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 6502

    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 6502

    Jan 20, 2009
    pour a TINY bit bleach into the empty washer and CLOSE the lid

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