I have this annoying habit of leaving the wash in the washer so long that it starts to develop a musty smell. I don’t mean to do it, it’s just that the washer we have runs very long cycles, like way way longer than my attention span, so by the time it’s done, I’ve totally moved on to something else. And so I put the stuff in the dryer, but sometimes it comes out smelly and I have to wash it again.
So then I started doing this thing where I put a rubber band on my wrist whenever there’s a load in. That way, it’s much harder for me to forget to put it in the dryer. And this system works pretty well. Only thing is, sometimes the towels were coming out stinky anyway. So then I started getting really annoyed.
Then, I was reading Apartment Therapy, as I am wont to do, and I came across this post about a product called Smelly Washer Cleaner . And it was just in time, too, because I had already thrown away one towel for being so stinky, and I had cleaned myself off with a stanky towel enough times that I was really starting to get pissed off. Apparently, front-loading machines have an increased incidence of mildew because of the buildup of detergents, which can cover the inside of the drum and the door. Top-loaders still might have some problems with mildew, but there is less area that is prone to buildup. Figures that the new fancified kind of washers are the ones to have this problem, eh?
Anyway, I ordered some of this Smelly Washer stuff and ran an empty load with it to remove the buildup from the washer. Then, I put in a teaspoon with a load of towels. And guess what? The funky smell is gone! Smelly Washer Cleaner rules!