I have had an issue with the smell of my sheets. I don't notice the odor on other items. Anyway, right out of the wash (on sanitize cycle) the sheets don't smell fresh. I had a set of sheets that I threw away because the odor filled the cupboard and the room. I bought a new washing machine after that, but I notice the same issue cropping up. I have hung them out to dry, which did not help that much. I don't use softener in the washer. I have a front loading washer.
When the washer goes off, do you immediately move your clothes from the washer to the dryer?
If you leave your clothes in the washer for a long time, that could be the smell perhaps.
Try running your washer on an empty load, using bleach or vinegar. It may be your washer.
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Why do my sheets smell like dirty hair after washing?
Add 1 cup of white vinegar along with your washload that should eliminate any foul odors.
I tried vinegar, baking soda, and oxyclean. The vinegar and baking soda worked well for some of the musty laundry, but the product that worked the best was Pin Sol. I think it worked well because it is a degreaser. When youn, I remember my mom using Lestol (spelling) in the laundry, but I can't find that product anywhere.