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    heatherbelle
    How do I make my washing smell scrumptious?
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    • 22nd Jul 08, 5:05 PM
    How do I make my washing smell scrumptious? 22nd Jul 08 at 5:05 PM
    Hi all!

    I need a bit of advice!

    As I have no garden I am unable to dry my clothes outside and I sometimes feel they smell a bit musty from drying inside (especially the heavier pieces) But now it is sumer and warmer and therefore they are drying quicker but still musty!

    Well I think the inside drying is the main reason but also thought it maybe down to my washing machine. The filters are fine though and it was serviced a wee while back so it can't be that!

    Though could be my washing technique? 40 degree wash with Mr T's tablets (use one and a half per wash) and some fabric conditioner.


    Anyway...

    Does anyone have any tips? Do you put anything in with your load apart from powder?

    Any help would be appreciated!

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    • Magentasue
    • By Magentasue 22nd Jul 08, 5:13 PM
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    It sounds like it's the drying rather than the washing. It sounds as if you're hanging them over an airer rather than using a tumble drier? I'd imagine an overloaded airer and limited fresh air would cause mustiness. Do you have an airer near an open window and can you rotate the washing so it all gets some air?
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    • By Barneysmom 22nd Jul 08, 5:15 PM
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    Just put a few drops of your favourite essential oil in the machine when it's on a rinse cycle. Lavender is lovely.
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    • 22nd Jul 08, 5:53 PM
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    • 22nd Jul 08, 5:53 PM
    Just put a few drops of your favourite essential oil in the machine when it's on a rinse cycle. Lavender is lovely.
    Originally posted by Barneysmom

    You beat me to it. Just what I was about to say.
  • Little Orange
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    • 22nd Jul 08, 6:54 PM
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    • 22nd Jul 08, 6:54 PM
    Essential oil sounds like a good idea - I suppose you mean aromatherapy oils rather than the kind you use in an oil burner? Will definitely try this.

    I really miss having a garden to dry my clothes in now I live in a flat - having the window by the airer open does help a bit, but it's not the same.
  • Olliebeak
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    • 22nd Jul 08, 6:55 PM
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    • 22nd Jul 08, 6:55 PM
    Lavender is especially gorgeous on your bedding - great for helping to induce a good night's sleep.
  • heatherbelle
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    • 22nd Jul 08, 6:59 PM
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    • 22nd Jul 08, 6:59 PM
    Thanks to all the quick replies!

    I think I will try a bit of everything suggested so far. The airer is possibly a bit over loaded at time so I will invest in another maybe to space things out and I love Lavender so I will have to pop some in!
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 22nd Jul 08, 7:16 PM
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    I found most oils make splodgy marks on the clothing..

    Do you have space on a ceiling for one of those pully up airers? they are great.. heat rises so dries items quicker.. the only thing is you have to ne more disciplined than I.. mine brough the ceiling down as I had tonnes of stuff hung on it.. all on hangers lol
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    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 22nd Jul 08, 8:26 PM
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    if your windowsills are suitable, you could have a caravan airer that hangs out of the window, when I lived in flats lots of the neighbours used them.
    • lostinrates
    • By lostinrates 22nd Jul 08, 10:12 PM
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    I love the oil in the rinse cycle idea! Fantastic.

    I too have no tumble dryer (and only once did cos it was in DH's flat when moved in but didn't use it once I got over the excitement and thought about a. expense and b. environment), and while I don't live in a flat at the moment I really have done and feel your pain.

    I'm going to experiment with the oils, but also, experiment with different fabric conditioners....change the scent maybe? I find some really don't suit my nose! Also, although I'm told they are lethal in a dryer those Bounce sheets are useful in a drawer, as are drawer liners and lavender bags and other scented things. I scnet different drawers with different things...hopeing to get new 'scent experiences' from diferent drawers. (I am very slighty laundry and smell fixated!)
  • Teria
    You beat me to it. Just what I was about to say.
    Originally posted by willowwitch
    Me too!!!
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    I hang all my shirts, trousers etc, from the rail that holds the shower curtain up...it hasn't fallen down yet!
    • carriebradshaw
    • By carriebradshaw 23rd Jul 08, 7:33 AM
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    when I lived in a flat I used two airers and put them next to the windows so they'd catch the heat from sun and then just kept turning things over every now and again as all the things on the outsides would dry first.Larger things like bedding would dry quickly if hung over a door overnight.That should stop it from getting musty smelling

    I still use my airers now I've got agarden,they're really handy for pegging the smalls on and can be pulled in quickly if it rains
    Last edited by carriebradshaw; 23-07-2008 at 8:35 AM.
    • angelavdavis
    • By angelavdavis 23rd Jul 08, 8:30 AM
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    I recommend running an empty machine on a 60 degree wash once a month with some white vinegar in the fabric conditioner section. The high temperature and vinegar clears the gunge from the water pipes to stop that terrible musty smell developing within the machine (apparently more common now due to us washing at lower temperatures and so not killing off bugs that cause the smell).

    In addition, always keep your washing machine door open slightly when not in use.
    Last edited by angelavdavis; 23-07-2008 at 8:47 AM.
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  • fizzel81
    i would say the mustyness is caused by the indoor drying, i have the same problem when i dry indoors as my house is tiny, ive found drying in the kitchen quicker than the utlity room/conservatry

    ive had to cave in and buy a td for when the colder weather sets in (ive scarcely used it yet) as i found it takes a few washed for the mustyness to disapear from the clothing
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  • heatherbelle
    if your windowsills are suitable, you could have a caravan airer that hangs out of the window, when I lived in flats lots of the neighbours used them.
    Originally posted by culpepper
    Unfortunately I live on the ground floor on a busy street in Glasgow City Centre - not sure the world wants to see my knickers!



    I'm going to try the lavender oil (I have a voucher for Body Shop that I've had for about a year now so going to get one from there for 'free') and also the vinegar in the cycle.

    I bought a contraption from Mr T's last week for my dishwasher - it clips on the side during a wash but it ended up coating everything in a lemon soap flavour. Drinking tea was stomach churning! So I'll just put it on empty with that in once a month to keep that clean and fresh!

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    • Magentasue
    • By Magentasue 23rd Jul 08, 9:31 AM
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    I wonder if you're trying to dry too much at a time, especially if you have a lot of heavy things. Do you have radiators? If so, you could get a system going in the winter where you load your airer with heavier things on the outside and as they are almost dry, finish off on the radiators. Summer, you can make use of open windows. It's better to have two airers half full, than one overloaded.

    Hanging things over the door overnight on hangers helps too - you have to be careful that you're not creating too much moisture, though, or you're back to square one.

    In your situation, I'd be considering a tumble drier even if only for twenty minute blitz to get things properly dry and make space on the airer. But I've had one for years and have a large family so I'm in that mindset - I avoid using a tumble drier but wouldn't be without one.
    • Andy Hamilton
    • By Andy Hamilton 24th Jul 08, 10:23 PM
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    A simple way of drying clothes quicker (so moisture does not turn stale) is to point a fan at them. A few hours with a 20watt fan costs almost nothing and really gets them dry.
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 24th Jul 08, 10:31 PM
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    Unfortunately I live on the ground floor on a busy street in Glasgow City Centre - not sure the world wants to see my knickers! ...
    Originally posted by heatherbelle
    They'll think it is a fiesta.. and party!!!

    ...

    If it was mine.. they are easily mistaken for bedding!
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    • CLARABEL
    • By CLARABEL 25th Jul 08, 8:20 AM
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    LOL I use lavender, but how do you when the rinse cycle is on?

    I have pictures of myself sitting by the washing machine waiting for bubbles to disappear LOL!

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