Smells in your washer and dryer can be transferred onto the clothes that you are washing. You can get rid of those odors and keep your laundry smelling clean and fresh by following these tips:
Use hot water – hot water kills those odor causing bacteria. While you may be washing most of your clothes in cold water to save money, you should wash at least 2 loads a month in a hot cycle.
Don’t use fabric softener in the washing machine – although fabric softener will make your clothes smell good in the short run, over time it can build up in your machine. The residue from fabric softener is a breeding ground for mildew.
Let your washing machine air dry – if you are not going to use your washing machine for a day or two, keep the door open. Even though your machine might be empty of wet clothes, there is still a significant chance that there is water under the basin. By keeping the door open you let the basin air dry and stay free of musty and mildew odors.
Clean your washer – that’s right, you have to clean it. Once a month run an empty machine on a hot cycle using two cups of vinegar. This will kill any bacteria that have been developing.
Clean the lint trap on your dryer – after every load remove lint from the lint trap. Once a month clean the lint trap in hot, soapy water. Use the hose on your vacuum to clean any lint that may remain in the dryer. Excess lint can become damp and cause yucky smells.
Wipe down the inside of your dryer – mix one cup of bleach with a gallon of hot water. Using a clean cloth, gently wipe down the inside of your dryer.
Use vinegar – dampen a few towels with vinegar and run them in the dryer. This will eliminate any nasty odors that are starting to develop.