Have you ever gone through the process of washing and drying your clothes, just to have them stink afterwards? It’s incredibly frustrating. Odds are, you just did laundry to make dirty clothes clean and fresh, not to make them smell worse. So what’s up with this musty odor and why is it haunting your perfectly clean garments?
As it turns out, there’s a reason that your clothes are coming out of the washing machine smelling worse than they did going in. And it’s pretty gross. The problem isn’t your clothes or your detergent or your tried-and-true laundry routine. It’s the washing machine itself.
Have you ever taken a peek inside your washing machine? You probably wouldn’t think to, right? Truthfully, I don’t think I ever have.
Your clothes go in there, it’s got a metal interior, it looks generally clean — that seems like that’s all you need to know and observe about this commonplace appliance. But if you’re not regularly checking the inside chamber of your washer, you might be missing something major.
If you were to go look inside your washing machine, on the inside bottom rim, you’ll probably notice a rubber lining. For some front-load washers, this lining may not exist. If not, you’ll still want to look under the rim of the washer itself.
When you do, there’s a chance that you’ll catch a glimpse of something shocking: mold.
This has been a problem across the country, particularly with front-loading machines. Scary enough, this could mean so much more than your clothes smelling a little musty; there could be negative health effects for you and your family, too.