Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Disheartened by a lazy tumble dryer? We reveal the reasons for smelly laundry loads and how to solve the problem in each case.
Laundry that smells after tumble drying has several causes. The tumble dryer could be in need of cleaning or fixing. The laundry might still be dirty or damp. Another common mistake is also to load too much clothing into the tumble dryer.
You open the dryer’s door and the laundry smells terrible. Again. Avoid repeating this disheartening moment by learning all about the 4 most common reasons.
By the time your clothes pop out of the tumble dryer, you are almost done with a chore that few people adore (doing the laundry). If all goes well, the items come out smelling great. Clean and warm. You can now proceed to the next step which is likely the laundry line or ironing room. But sometimes things go wrong. Instead of radiating a clean aroma, your clothes smell dank or musty. What is raining on your parade here, for crying out loud?
These 5 tricksters are up to no good and one of them is most likely behind your smelly stuff.
Yep, a gunky tumble dryer cannot produce nice-smelling laundry. But this cause was probably the first thing that popped into your mind once the unwelcome musty hits your nose.
The truth is that tumble dryers need regular maintenance. When done on a regular basis, your laundry will survive bad smells and the cleaning itself will go quickly. If you are new to giving your tumble dryer a face-lift, no worries. Here are the top tips to help you on your way.
Mould and mildew strike anywhere in the home and not just in your tumble dryer. If your bathroom is affected, we have the best advice to get rid of the musty smell in your bathroom (and what causes it). You can also check out our popular article on why kitchen cabinets are musty and how to solve the problem.
When your appliance is going south, a funky load of laundry is not the only sign. If clothing smells bad and any of the following symptoms are also present, then you might want to call a repair guy to have a look at your tumble dryer.
To rehash an earlier suggestion, if you feel that your tumble dryer needs repair consider a reputable company or person. A large appliance like a tumble dryer is a complicated appliance and you do not want to damage it or put yourself in danger. An experienced repair company can also correctly identify the exact problem with your tumble dryer.
Experienced homemakers know that you cannot put dirty clothing inside a tumble dryer and expect daisies to fall out! If a load of laundry still contains stains, smells, or another type of soiling, there is nothing a dryer can do to fix the situation. A tumble dryer performs best when clean clothing is added and nothing but clean clothing.
If your clothes smell after a wash, then you might need to look at your washing machine instead of the tumble dryer. Also, make sure that you use the correct amount of laundry detergent and the right washing cycle for the fabrics you are washing.
Another reason why laundry is still dirty after washing is using too little detergent. It’s best to follow the instructions on the box or bottle for the best results. In case you are wondering why this stuff is so pricey, here are the top 5 reasons why laundry detergent is so expensive .
Whether this is due to a faulty tumble dryer, overloading the appliance, or stopping the cycle too soon, damp clothes is a big reason for smelly clothing. We all know that wet dog smell too well! If you stopped the cycle yourself and the clothing is obviously smelling and feeling damp, allow the tumble dryer to complete a full run. If you did not interfere and the dampness is still there then perhaps try these two things:
A tumble dryer has a weight capacity. For example, if your appliance is a 7-kilogram loader, then it means you can add up to 7 kilograms of dry clothing. When this rule is adhered to, the tumble dryer should be able to cope and dry the laundry normally.
Some people overload their tumble dryers and we really do not really anyone. Who wants to do two cycles when you can get everything done at once? While the logic is sound and everybody hates laundry day, this is unfortunately not how it works. You are setting yourself up to repeat the cycle again because overloading causes a dryer to struggle and underperform. Indeed, it might complete the cycle but the results will be poor.
Weigh yourself on a bathroom scale while holding the laundry and take note of the weight. Next, weigh yourself without the laundry. Once you subtract the two results, you will know what your laundry weighs! If you do not have a bathroom scale and do not wish to purchase one, then trial and error is another method. Start with small loads and stick to the capacity that produces the best results.
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