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Clean Clothes Smell Bad When Wet?

My clothes seem to smell okay when they are washed. The problem I run into is that when I start to sweat or my clothes get wet by rain or moisture from any sort, they stink. The smell is an awful sour smell. I tried borax and vinegar and new detergents. I even cleaned my washer as instructed. No luck so far. Please help.

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December 2, 20160 found this helpful
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I once had problems with my washing machine leaving my clothes smelling fausty. I cleaned the filter and then followed a tip I had read in a magazine by putting a wash on -with no clothes inside- using just Coca -Cola (full sugar one, not diet).
It recommended a tin but I put in half a two litre bottle in. It definitely helped. My brother was a firefighter for over a decade and used Coca cola to wash his clothes if they smelt a bit smoky or dirty.
Ask a good friend or family member to wash a load of your clothes to see whether it's a fault in your machine. Perhaps it's time to get a new one and if that's the case remember to go to Freecycle!

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Good luck, Monique :)

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December 5, 20161 found this helpful
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I had a problem with this once, my family went to a friends house my towel got wet, they smelled moldy, so I bought some baking soda and tide with downy washed the towels on the hot cycle they came out of the dryer smelling clean.

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December 5, 20160 found this helpful
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I use a 1/2 cup of baking soda to a load of laundry with towels which tend to smell like this. Works great.

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December 9, 20161 found this helpful
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I just read an article on this. Mix equal parts of bleach and water and saturate a rag with it. Wipe down the inside of the machine. Then do a wash with the hottest water possible (no clothes in the machine).

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Then, pour 16 ounces of vinegar into the machine. Do a second wash with the hottest water possible. Do not put clothing in. Finally, keep the door open between washes.

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June 6, 20170 found this helpful
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The same thing happens with my son. I recently learned that he overloads the washer, I hoping that will be the answer for him. Maybe you can try that.

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December 4, 20160 found this helpful

I have learned that bacteria can hide in both clothing and footwear and it is killed by cold. So, if you don't live in an area where you can leave or hang clothing outside wet, during freezing weather, recommendations were to actually place articles of clothing in a plastic bag, closed, then into your freezer!

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I know this worked for a pair of my kids sneakers!
Good Luck!!

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December 5, 20160 found this helpful

Are you using a hot enough temperature? Bacteria are only destroyed by a temperature of at least 50C. I would try hotter washes and a biological detergent as a first line of defence.

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December 6, 20160 found this helpful

Run through wash machine with a box of baking soda. It should neutralize the odors. Than wash again as normal.

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October 4, 20180 found this helpful

I had that problem after I moved to a new water system. They would smell clean when I took them out of the dryer--but the instant you used the towel or got caught in the rain, it was disgusting--and embarrassing. I was using Purex liquid (which is on the less expensive end), so I tried every other detergent--Gain, all of the Tides, etc. I used vinegar--anything anyone suggested, cleaned the washer, etc.

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Anyway, a neighbor said she had that problem and finally found that Purex crystals worked---and it does!! It's the powder form of the same Purex that I was originally using---and it's cheap. A friend told me that there is a "Purex crystals" to add to the washer with your detergent also. I haven't tried it yet, but plan to search for it the next time I shop.
I hope this helps!! Smelly laundry is the worst!

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