Many people avoid using a tumble dryer, which can lead to moisture problems in their clothes. Drying clothes indoors, especially without a dryer, can be challenging during the colder months. Fortunately, according to Pensionist.dk, several ways exist to eliminate the damp smell and prevent it from reappearing.
When you’ve spent time and effort making your clothes smell fresh and feel clean, the last thing you want is for them to get musty.
This musty smell often occurs because some moisture remains in the clothes after drying, and they will continue to smell damp until they are washed again. It may retain a musty odour, so it is important to take action as soon as possible to avoid the smell.
The smell will be particularly noticeable if clothes are stored in a cupboard with doors, as this traps the scent rather than allowing it to evaporate. Experts suggest it’s “easy” to get rid of damp odours on clothes.
Start by washing your clothes with one or two detergent capsules or a scoop of powder. It’s ideal to choose a laundry care brand that targets odours. “Along with the capsules, you should add a cup of white vinegar to the load you are washing. It should be added directly to the drum of the washing machine,” says an expert from laundry care brand Persil, adding, “Vinegar is a disinfectant that helps to remove odours. Alternatively, you can add some fabric softener, but it should be an ‘intensive’ version to target odours and give clothes a nice scent.”
Signs of mould
If you notice mildew on the fabric, it’s best to tackle this immediately. Experts recommend washing clothes at a higher temperature to kill the spores and remove mould.
When it’s a nice day, clothes should be dried outside to give them some much-needed ventilation. Although this is more difficult in the winter, the laundry will dry if you hang it outside.
To prevent the musty smell from returning, you should always wash wet or sweaty clothes as soon as possible. This is also a great way to prevent sweat stains from forming. It is always important to hang the clean laundry to dry or put it in the dryer as soon as possible after the wash cycle has finished.
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