For most of us, there is no better smell than the smell of freshly washed laundry. There’s something comforting about slipping into freshly cleaned sheets at night. On the other hand, laundry maintenance may occasionally be hard work and also boring. But what if your laundry doesn’t smell right, after washing, making all of your hard work seem pointless?
Thankfully, you can improve the smell of your laundry using a few simple methods. Here is what you should do.
Pay Attention To Your Washing Machine
The washing machine is a faithful ally in keeping our clothes clean during the fast life we live. However, we often forget that even our reliable devices need a little attention and regular maintenance. Keep in mind that cleaning the washing machine extends its lifespan. Also ensure that your clothes are washed efficiently and have the necessary freshness every time.
When it comes to eliminating odors from washing machines it begins with cleaning the drum, with just baking soda and vinegar. You can do that by starting the wash cycle at 90 degrees, without clothes, with the addition of these ingredients. In this way, you can eliminate unpleasant odors and accumulated dirt, as well as the appearance of scale in the washing machine, which is most common in the drum.
Pay attention to the rubber parts around the doors. They often collect dirt and fibers that leave washing clothes made of viscose, cotton, but also synthetic materials. In addition, a lot of moisture is retained in this part of the machine, which affects the formation of mold. Don’t forget to remove the dosing container and soak it in warm water with soap. Use an old toothbrush to clean the remaining dirt, then rinse well and let it dry before returning.
Wash Smaller Loads
Drum maximum load is considered one of the key criteria when choosing a washing machine. At the beginning of using household appliances, hardly anyone thinks about how heavy the clothes are and how much they should be washed.
Before each process, it is quite inconvenient to measure the laundry on the scale. However, the constant overload will lead to an early breakdown of the washing unit. The maximum possible load is always indicated by the manufacturer. But, keep in mind, that not all clothes can be washed in this quantity. It depends on how much the clothes weigh after they get wet.
While doing full loads of laundry can help you save money on water bills, this will also reduce the wash’s effectiveness. Also, it will leave lingering smells behind. The size of your laundry loads can also be a factor in how your laundry smells.
Remove Wet Laundry from the Washer
We all forget to get the laundry out of the washing machine in time. And as you know wet clothes left to sit for a long time can quickly develop a musty smell. Even though it might take a few hours for this smell to appear, it is best to put your recently laundered laundry in the dryer right away.
Or even better hang your laundry outdoors. Everything is better with a little fresh air, even the stink of smelly laundry. You will be surprised what a delicate breeze and sunshine can do for your laundry. Especially with the unpleasant smell of cigarette smoke in your clothes.
In any case, to keep you on track with your washing machine, it is always a good idea to set a reminder or timer on your phone. Better yet set it for a few minutes before your cycle ends so you have time to prepare. After each wash, the door of the washing machine must remain open. It’s not enough to hold them like that for 15 minutes. For all parts in it to dry well, it should pass between 4 and 5 hours.
Properly Store Your Laundry
How you organize your closet can play a big role in keeping your clothing smelling fresh for a longer period. Your delicate clothing can be shielded from smells that enter your house by being stored in a closet or cedar chest, or even covered with plastic, out of direct sunlight.
You can keep your laundry smelling fantastic while it’s hanging in your room, by adding sweet-smelling bags or bars to your closet. Or, you could fill a jar with two tablespoons of rice and twenty drops of your preferred essential oil; shake the mixture, take off the lid, cover the jar with gauze, and tighten the lid. Choosing this method is far superior to purchasing fragrances for chemical-filled cabinets.
On the other hand, if you want to get rid of some unpleasant smell, use whole coffee beans. As in the previous case, leave an open bowl of coffee beans in the closet and allow it to do the magic.
Whether a smell is pleasant or unpleasant, we are never indifferent to it. Scents frequently evoke feelings or memories. Make sure your home’s scent stays as a lovely memory.