How to Make Laundry Smell Good


Laundry sometimes does not come out of the washer or dryer as fresh-smelling as a person would like. This can happen for many reasons. A pleasant scent in laundry has a lot to do with the detergent you use, the soil load on the clothes (very dirty clothes will take more water and detergent to get clean, as a rule), and several other factors--some you may have never considered.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Gain (or similar fragrant brand) liquid detergent
  • Fabric softener dryer sheets
  • Scented sachets
  • Fill up your washing machine with hot water (but no clothes) and then turn it off so it won't yet go through a cycle. Add two cups of white distilled vinegar to the water. Let the water and vinegar mix remain for 30 minutes. Washing machines can develop a musty smell sometimes, and this smell may be imparted to laundry. Deodorizing the machine is a good first step for helping laundry smell better.

  • Turn the washing machine back on and let it run through a regular water cycle. When it is finished, add a load of clothing.

  • Pour one capful (according to the load size) of a fragrant laundry detergent over the clothes and turn on the washing machine. After the laundry has gone through one wash cycle, smell one article of clothing. If it has a lingering odor other than detergent, try putting the machine on a soak cycle next and adding one cup of baking soda. After it has soaked for 30 minutes, launder again with detergent.

  • Put clothes in the dryer soon after the washer has shut off. Leaving wet clothes in a washer can make them smell musty. Add a scented fabric softener sheet to the dryer load and dry the clothes.

  • Remove the clothes from the dryer. Place a dryer sheet in sock and underwear drawers to keep these clothing items smelling fresh. For items in the closet, place scented sachets near the clothes.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't want to buy sachets, you can make your own air freshener simply by spraying a handkerchief with a scent you like and hanging this in the closet.


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