Clothes stinky after washing? This is what’s causing it (and how to solve it)

Mould is the cause of your stinky clothes after washing

We don’t know many people who actually enjoy doing laundry. It’s a pretty labour-intensive chore, but fair is fair: the result is pretty great. When you crawl into a freshly made bed at the end of the night, you know exactly why you went through all that trouble. Yet, if you’re unlucky, your laundry doesn’t smell very fresh at all, even though you’ve just washed it. How is that possible? We’ll explain.

This is a problem that’s easy to solve.


There’s a reason why your clothes and sheets are a little stinky after a wash and that reason is a type of mould build-up in your machine. This mould is a type of greasy substance that gets left behind after washing. It’s a combination of skin flakes, bodily greases and laundry detergent. It’s caused by people using only liquid laundry detergent and washing at low temperatures. This makes it very easy for this nasty substance to stick to your washing machine and make your laundry smell dirty.

Hot wash

To solve this mouldy problem, all you need to do is run a hot cycle with only a couple of old tea towels. Don’t add any laundry detergent, but do add a dishwasher tablet! It might sound weird, but this, in combination with the hot water, will remove all of the mould and clean your washing machine. An additional tip is to not just use liquid laundry detergent when you’re doing laundry. Try alternating liquid and powder detergent. Your clothes will thank you and smell super fresh once more!

Read more: Do you use dryer sheets when doing laundry? They can be really dangerous and here’s why!

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Source: Good Housekeeping | Image: pxhere