One of life’s greatest pleasures is the smell of freshly laundered clothes. Unfortunately, it can be pretty frustrating when musty odors attach to items like towels and other fabrics. Not only are these microorganisms smelly, but they can cause fabric damage over time. Even worse, breathing in mold spores from mildewed clothes can harm your health.
Do you ever wonder why your clothes have a musty smell?
Fabrics that musty smell are usually due to smelly mildew by-products, like spores and mVOCs. When mold is present on fabrics, it produces organic compounds that are released into the air, which creates that distinctive, tangy, earthy scent that we all know as musty.
Do you want to keep your clothes smelling fresh? Here are some tips to help you prevent musty odors from appearing in your wardrobe!
Moist clothing in dark places, such as a clothes hamper or a closet with poor ventilation, provides the perfect environment for mold and mildew to thrive. So, keep your laundry from being in dark places for too long!
Here are some solutions for keeping your clothes and towels fresh and free from musty odours
It’s best to keep damp clothes and towels out of warm and stuffy places, like in your car on a hot day or in your house during winter. Leave them out in these conditions for too long, and you might end up with mold and mildew. So, be sure to dehumidify and treat trouble areas to keep moisture down – bathrooms and closets, for instance, can be prime spots for mold and mildew growth because they tend to be more humid.
Spray your pre-worn apparel or used towels with Blueoxy Fabric Neutralizer before throwing them in the laundry basket. Mildew can develop fast in the right conditions, which will help prevent mildew growth and the accompanying musty odor.
It’s essential to wash your clothes and towels regularly. Leaving them too long before washing can create the perfect environment for mold, mildew, and bacteria to grow on the fabric. Keep your items fresh and clean by washing them regularly!
Rather than fabric softeners, which may leave deposits on your clothing and washing machine and lead to odor buildup, why not give Blueoxy Fabric Refresher a try? It can help deodorize, soften, and reduce static cling on your clothes.
Do you find that your clothes still smell after washing them? Humid environments are perfect for mildew growth, so to avoid any musty odors, remove the freshly laundered items from the washing machine and get them into the dryer immediately. Once dry, it’s important that you fold and store your clothes in a cool and dry place as soon as possible.
To keep your washing machine in top shape, clean the rubber gaskets on the exterior of your machine regularly. Front-loading washers are especially prone to mold and mildew, so using a Blueoxy Fabric Refresher to spray and wipe these surfaces down will help prevent any unpleasant odors and buildup.
Are you dealing with a mildew smell on your clothes? If so, here are a few tips on how to get rid of it.
If you’re looking to banish that pesky, musty odour from your clothes, you’ll need to eliminate the mildew on the fabric. A regular wash cycle should be enough to eradicate any remaining mold particles.
Before you start washing, have a quick sniff around your machine for any musty odours that could be caused by mold. Give the exterior rubber gaskets a thorough clean with a Blueoxy Fabric refresher if you pick up any odours. If you’re still noticing a few unpleasant odors after that, then it’s time for a complete machine cleaning.
Make sure to wash your mildewed clothes thoroughly using your washing machine on an extended cycle with either warm or hot water, depending on the color and fabric type. Stick with your regular detergent, but don’t use it too much, as it may leave behind unwanted residue, which can trap odors in the fabric. Also, refrain from using fabric softeners and add one cup of Blueoxy Fabric Refresher concentrate to the fabric softener dispenser or the final rinse cycle.
Transfer the freshly-washed items to the dryer immediately and get them dried as soon as possible. If the weather is nice, you could even hang the clothes outside for some natural line-drying in the sun. However, if you choose to dry them, ensure not to leave them damp for too long. Once they are dried, you should find that the musty smell has wholly vanished.
If you have done what you can to prevent musty odors but still notice the smell, there could be a more serious mold issue within your home. Mold spores are microscopic and spread through the air, eventually settling on surfaces where they grow. To ensure the musty smell doesn’t continue, it is essential to take action against the mold in your home – especially in bathrooms and closets where it is prone to accumulate.
Transfer your freshly washed load to the dryer quickly and dry it quickly. Or, on a nice sunny day, you could always hang them outside for some natural drying. Remember not to leave your clothes damp for too long! Once dry, any musty odour should be gone.
If you have already taken preventative measures but the musty odors still linger, it could signify a more serious mold problem in your home. Mold reproduces through tiny spores that float around in the air and find their way onto surfaces where they can form colonies. To avoid a continuous musty smell, it is essential to identify and treat any decaying areas in your home, especially in areas such as bathrooms and closets, which are particularly prone to mold.