Why do my clothes smell musty after washing?
Typically, you’ll find you have smelly clothes after washing because there’s still some moisture in the fabric that can’t escape. Reasons for this include:
- Leaving damp laundry in the machine. Smelly laundry is often down to wet washing being left to sit in the washing machine or tumble dryer.
- Storing damp clothes in humid/dark/enclosed places. Even if they’re dry, when clothes have been stuffed in drawers/wardrobes for a long time without being worn, aired and washed, they can smell musty too.
- Using a dirty machine. If your washing smells musty when dry and you’ve aired it thoroughly, then it could be down to your washing machine or tumble dryer containing mildew or mould.