How to Get Odors Out of Laundry


It's a little easier than you might think for odors to start developing in your laundry. Maybe you haven't used the right detergent, or the laundry was sitting around in a moist place and developed a musty smell, possibly from mildew. Perhaps your washing machine itself needs a little cleaning. Take a few extra minutes and a use a couple of common household items to get back on track to a clean load of laundry.

Things You'll Need

  • Bleach
  • White vinegar
  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Run a full wash cycle with 1 cup of chlorine bleach on hot water. Do not put any laundry into the washing machine. This will clean the inside of the machine.

  • Place 2 cups of white vinegar in with a load of laundry that has strong odors, such as smoke or mildew. Wash it on as hot of a water setting as the garments will allow.

  • Run the laundry through another cycle with your normal laundry detergent. Add some liquid fabric softener according to label instructions.

  • Line dry or machine dry the laundry.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you line dry your laundry outside, you will get that natural fresh outdoors scent.


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