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How to Make Laundry Smell Good

Want to make your laundry smell beautifully fresh & clean in every wash? Read on for 3 key steps to making laundry smell good.


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There’s nothing quite like putting on clean clothes straight from your wardrobe – but sometimes, you might find your clothing doesn’t always smell too good. Smelly laundry is a very common problem, but luckily it’s one that’s easily sorted. Here’s everything you need to know about how to make clothes smell fresh and clean, and make smelly laundry a thing of the past.

Wash your clothes using a good quality laundry detergent with a built-in fabric conditioner – not only will it leave your clothes beautifully soft, but will also help to keep your clothing smelling fresh and clean. Surf detergent with fabric conditioner is a great choice and is available in different scents, including Blossom Fresh and Relaxing Lavender.

Key Steps for Making Laundry Smell Good

What makes clothes smell good? Well, there’s no one single trick to fresh smelling laundry. Keeping your clothing smelling clean is about making sure you’re using great-smelling detergents, caring for your clothes, and keeping your washing machine nice and hygienic. Here are three simple steps to getting your clothes smelling much fresher – even after just one wash:

  • Step 1: Check Your Washing Machine

Did you know that washing machines can become a bit smelly if you don’t clean them regularly? Dirt and bacteria can build up inside washing machines, which can make it difficult for your detergent to give you fresh smelling laundry. The good news is that your washing machine will do all the hard work for you – pop in some detergent, set the water temperature to the hottest setting, and run an empty wash cycle. All you have to do is sit back and relax.

  • Step 2: Use a Great Smelling Laundry Detergent

Many laundry detergents have fantastic cleaning power, but do they make clothes smell good? Not always. The secret to fresh smelling laundry is to use a laundry detergent that has added fabric conditioner, like Surf, which leaves your clothes with a clean, long lasting fragrance.

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If you or anyone in your family suffers with sensitive skin, you should already be using a fabric conditioner when you do the laundry as it helps to soften scratchy materials.

  • Step 3: Care for your Clothing

Do you ever find that you’re so busy trying to get everything done that you sometimes put your clean laundry away while it’s still a little bit damp? This could be the source of your smelly laundry. Wet clothing needs to be completely dry before hanging in wardrobes or folding in drawers – if there’s any areas of damp, mould or mildew could form which has a very musty smell that’s not very pleasant. Always try to dry your clothes fully after washing.

If you’ve showered, applied deodorant, and moisturised using one of your favorite lotions, getting dressed into smelly clothing can be really frustrating. Fortunately, it’s so easy to keep your clothes smelling clean and fresh with these 3 simple steps. The next time you open up your wardrobe, there’s no need to worry – just take a deep breath in and enjoy the fantastic fresh odors.

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Frequently asked questions on making laundry smell good

Does hard water make laundry smell?

It is not really hard water but rather the limescale it can cause in your washing machine that can leave clothes with a musty odor. Regularly cleaning your machine will help you avoid this. Excessive amounts of laundry detergent can also be to blame due to a build-up of soap scum so consider running an extra rinse and spin cycle.

How do you remove smell from clothes during rainy season?

Learning how to remove smells from clothes in the rainy season is important as it can be more difficult to dry and deal with laundry when you can't use outdoor spaces. Hanging your clothes in a well-ventilated room with plenty of light is a great start – but you should start by neutralizing odors at the washing stage. Add a cup of vinegar to the washing machine drum, and ½ cup of baking soda with your detergent and hang your clothing out to dry immediately after the cycle is complete.

Why do clothes smell in the rainy season?

During the rainy season you are forced to dry your clothing indoors. As a result, they could end up not drying correctly. If moisture is trapped, mold and mildew can set in and cause unwanted odors.

Why does laundry detergent smell so good?

Good smelling laundry detergent can provide relaxing comforot but did you know that your sense of smell is one of the strongest senses and can trigger other sensations? If something smells nice, your brain believes it is good. For example, the sweet scent of freshly laundered clothing is associated with cleanliness – something that you are obviously keen on achieving when washing your laundry. Using gentle fragrances in their products also allows manufacturers to help you distinguish good and bad odors, so you can deal with things like mold and mildew as you will notice the different scent.

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