WITH the cold weather leaving us all freezing, it’s also causing havoc for our clothes too.
As many of us begin to say goodbye to the days of hanging our freshly-washed laundry outside, it appears that more of us have clothes hung all over our homes, as we wait patiently for them to dry.
Not only can this be quite annoying, but it can also leave your clothes smelling musty too.
So if you’re fed up of waiting for your clothes to dry, only for them to smell grim, fear not, we’ve got you covered.
Karen Bond took to Facebook to ask for advice from fellow cleaning fans, as she wondered how to get her washing to smell nice.
Posting on Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips, a public group with a staggering 335,700 members, Karen said: “I need some advice, my clothes smell nice when they come out the washer.
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Then when I dry them they lose the smell.
“One put away in the wardrobe and when we come to wear them most of them smell awful.
“Any idea what I’m doing wrong? It’s driving is mad.”
Cleaning fans rushed to the comments to share their top simple and cheap tips to ensure your washing smells fresh this winter – and there were four solutions that were raved about by many.
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Not only did social media users suggest using baking soda and white vinegar, but they also stressed the importance of making sure that washing is fully dried before putting it away.
On top of this, others swore by the use of a dehumidifier, to make sure clothes are dried thoroughly.
Sharing advice in the comments, one person said: “At the suggestion of my sister, I’ve been using baking soda along with a small amount of mild washing machine detergent. But checking your dryer could help too.”
Others also advised using white vinegar, as another added: “Fabric conditioner puts a kind of coating on clothing. Vinegar cleans and softens your wash. Great for whites. It will take a few washes to get rid of the residue. And you won't smell of vinegar.
“About a quarter of a cup [of white vinegar]. But it will take a few washes to get rid of the build up on your clothes.”
If this fails, some cleaning fans recommended buying a dehumidifier.
One wrote: “Line dry clothes, in summer saves money and clothes feel fresh and smell great even after hanging in the wardrobe…..I don't have a tumble dryer….no room for one, dehumidifier on in winter dries them overnight.”
Meanwhile, fans of Mrs Hinch also advised that it’s important to make sure that clothes are fully dried before they are put into a wardrobe.
Someone else commented: “Perhaps they're still slightly damp when you put them in the wardrobe. Can't think of any other reason apart from damp in the house itself which I'm sure you haven't got!”
Another agreed: “Be certain they are fully dried, even the slightest bit of moisture can cause odour. Also use dryer sheets in the wardrobe or potpourri to keep a fresh scent.”
Whilst another chimed in: “Are they drying quick enough? If they take too long they will smell fusty.”
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At the same time, a professional cleaner wrote: “House cleaner here! Check your dryer vent. If your clothes are not properly dried all of the way, mildew sets in and takes over!”
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