Why do your clothes smell after they’ve been in the washing machine?

The washing machine is one of those home appliances you cannot imagine the life without. However, it is really frustrating if you get smelly, musky clothes from your washing machine. These types of smells are often associated with the lack of cleanliness and you may feel the need to spend more money on a new washing machine. Smelly washing is a real problem and here some reasons why it may be happening:

Faulty heating elements
One of the reasons for these smells can be a faulty heating element. In order to kill bacteria from clothing you need hot water. If the washing machine is washing clothes with lukewarm water, it provides bacteria with a breeding ground and may give that foul smell as it builds up over time. With an increasing number of low temperature laundry products available, and a general desire to conserve energy, you may also cause harm to your washing machine.

Your detergents
Your choice of washing detergent can also have an effect on the washing machine smell. Bleach-free detergents don’t have the necessary chemicals needed to kill bacteria. Bleach-free detergents can cause the washing machine to smell when combined with lower temperature wash too.

A clogged filter and other problems
If you don’t check the filters regularly, they may become blocked. Small hair bands to coins left in your pocket, can result in a build-up of dirt and bacteria which lead to bad smells.

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