Natural Cures for Stinky Laundry: Fresh, Clean Laundry Every Time
Keeping your laundry fresh and clean is a battle, right? Sometimes, no matter what you do, the stink keeps coming back. Especially with towels. You step out of the shower and expect that clean, fresh scent to fill your nose. Instead, you get a hint of this swampy smell just under the artificially fresh scent from your laundry softener. Why does laundry sometimes fall short of fresh and clean, even after you know you’ve washed it?
The short answer is that microbes like yeasts and molds. Stinky microbes are all over in the environment and they especially love the warm, dark recesses of your washing machine. As soon as your towel gets slightly damp, the microbes come out to play again, ruining the illusion of your fresh, clean laundry.
Getting your laundry deep-down clean (not just covered up with stuff to make you think it’s fresh) is a two step process. First, you have to stop doing what causes the stinky mess, and second, you need to disinfect your washing machine.
Is Your Laundry Really Fresh and Clean? Tips to Stop the Stink
Here are the leading causes of microbe stink in your laundry:
- Too much laundry detergent – Crazy, but true. Excess suds build up between your laundry washer’s inner and outer drums. The soap scum created there makes an excellent breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria grows and you’re left with laundry that smells a bit sour—not clean and fresh. (I never would have guessed that one. Good thing our laundry lab researchers are on the ball.)
- Laundry fabric softener - Most leading fabric softeners are made from rendered animal fat. (Since when is rendered animal fat clean and fresh?) It builds up in the dispenser and between drums, becoming another food source for foraging microbes.
- Washing under clothes in cold water – E. coli and other harmful bacteria from underclothes linger in washing machines where water temperatures don’t get hot enough to kill them. One word. Yuck!
- Allowing clothes to sit - This one is obvious, but laundry that sits too long in the washer provides a play ground for stinky germs. Avoid this pitfall to get back to fresh and clean.
Disinfect Your Washing Machine for a Genuine Clean
Disinfecting your laundry washer regularly is the first step in achieving laundry that’s fresh and clean. Here’s how:
- Clean the surfaces you can see - Using equal parts of white vinegar and hot water, scrub down the inside of the laundry machine, rim, dispensers and all the other surfaces of the machine you can reach.
- Rescue your laundry machine’s hidden parts – To get your laundry machine really clean and fresh, even where you can’t see, pour a gallon of white vinegar into the washer drum, set the load size as large as it will go, choose a hot water setting and start the washer.
- Keep it going through the rinse cycle – To get your laundry machine deep-down clean, pour a cup of vinegar into the fabric softener dispenser to continue disinfecting throughout the rinse cycle.
- Always wash your laundry with SoapBerries – Soapberries will leave your laundry genuinely fresh and clean every time. They are a low-sudsing, naturally fat-free fabric softening, microbe-inhibiting laundry alternative. Using SoapBerries cuts down on scummy buildup and keeps bacteria at bay. Your laundry has never smelled so good.
SoapBerries are 100% natural, plus you can save lives when you make a purchase.