There is nothing more frustrating than spending time getting your laundry ready, making time in your schedule to go to the laundromat, washing your clothes, drying them, and then putting them away once you get home, only to discover that when you go to wear them they smell horrible. You just washed them!<\p>
Washing is an important part of looking after you clothes and ensuring they stay as good as possible, but washing on its own isn't enough to keep your clothes smelling fresh. Some simple tricks can help though, so follow our top tips.
Most Clothes Need Washed Regularly
Some clothes can be worn four or five times before they need washed. This includes jeans, trousers and jackets. Just about everything else should be washed after one wear if you want it to smell as fresh as possible. This includes blouses, t-shirts, underwear and swimwear.
Wash As Soon As Possible After Wearing
Going to the laundromat regularly is also crucial to keeping clothes smelling fresh. Stains and scents settle into clothes over time, so if they are sitting in the laundry basket for five, six, seven days or longer, the bad smells will be harder to remove.
Don't Leave Damp Items In The Laundry Basket
However often you go to the laundromat, never leave damp items in your laundry basket. Damp items quickly start to smell really bad, and they can make other items in the basket smell bad too. Towels are among the worst offenders. If you have wet items, hang them up to dry before putting them in the laundry basket.
Empty Your Pockets
When coins or other items get into the water in the washing machine they can have an impact on the smell of your clothes. That impact is rarely pleasant, so make sure your pockets are empty before you put the clothes in the machine.
Don't Overload The Machine
Overloading the machine means that your clothes don't get a full wash. As a result they will not smell as fresh as they should. You should always fill the machine up whenever possible, but never overfill it.
Make Sure Clothes Are Dried Fully
It is also important that your clothes are fully dry before you hang them up in the wardrobe, or put them away in your drawers. If they are damp - even a little bit - they will start to smell. Drying doesn't take much time for light items like blouses or underwear, but heavier items like jeans and sweaters will take longer.
It is also a good idea to air out your clothes as often as you can. This can mean airing out individual clothes, or it can mean airing out your closet by simply leaving the door open. This will help to keep your clothes smelling fresh - so long as you don't do it whenever you are cooking something in the house that is particularly aromatic.
Following these tips in conjunction with using a detergent that has a fragrance that you like will help you keep your clothes smelling as fresh as possible.