Laundry smells musty though freshly washed? Ask Mum – Goose liquor

# 142 Bernd
23.8.10, 23:26

I change my laundry daily and shower daily.

Defiantly, my t-shirts smelled musty after washing, but after drying I went, but after putting them on and when I started sweating, they developed an Odeur, so if I had not changed the t-shirts for two weeks. This has already led to people wrinkling my nose next to me.

Linen and towels smelt rancid, my girlfriend made me aware that the stay in my apartment for them would be a problem.

I also tried different recipes here from the forum, but not with success. I then burst the sausage and then I approached with a popular scientific approach and have a week properly researched and the solution (yes, that's why in the truest chemical sense in this problem) found. It may well be that in others the situation varies, that there are other things that help, but I'll just describe what I've done and what my explanation is.

How did I get rid of the muff?

In addition to many pointless purchases such. Hygienic was finally a product that has brought success:

Grandma's washing soda (sodium carbonate). You get in every drugstore for about 2 euros.

The first thing I cleaned the washing machine (the smell of me was still moldy even after several attempts of Auskochen with various additives)

1) detergent dispenser cleaned, lint filter cleaned. The seal (I had a brown surface) cleaned with a brush and dishwashing detergent.

2) Then I let the machine pass two times with three tablespoons of washing soda to 95 C. After that, the drum was with me with a milky topping. You can get rid of the topping again if you let the machine pass through with half a cup of citric acid afterwards. But I suspect that the coating is probably antibacterial. (I have now seen that occasionally machine manufacturers even recommend emptying with washing soda against laundering).

Now for the laundry.

1) I put four tablespoons of washing soda on 10 liters of hot water in the bath and put washed clothes in (note instructions on the package!). It is best to put on a glove, the soda solution will leach out your hands.
Here I had the first aha experience – the lye turned deep brown! Despite "washed" laundry! Let it rest for 30 min.

2) Now put the laundry in the machine – wash with powder detergent as normal (no increased temperature necessary).

Alternatively, you can put two spoons of washing soda in the pre-wash and in the main wash powder detergent – but then you do not have the aha – experience. I had some tshirts where I did that twice until they smelled fresh all over again. But one notices after the first time, it goes in the right direction.

My explanation (what is going on?):

If you read the forums, there are 3 factors that affect the degree of muffle: short wash programs, low temperature, and liquid detergents (I have used liquid detergents in the past only).

In my opinion, especially liquid detergent is responsible for the Vermüffelung. Not because they are bad at washing, but because they contain something that is not or less in powder detergents: polymers.

These polymers are added to the fiber protection, they ensure that the laundry fibers are less rough, the fiber is less stressed during washing by friction. The colors of the laundry look fresher and the garments look altogether newer.

In liquid detergents, the addition of the polymers in addition to the fact that the agent is viscous.

According to my research, behind the term "polymers" is simple cellulose (there is paper, for example) – these are chemically multi-sugars.

The cellulose has two drawbacks: a) it also deposits in the washing machine b) it is (because of multiple sugars) in combination with moisture an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. The washing machine becomes a bioreactor after prolonged use and our laundry becomes a breeding ground for the bacteria and fungi that we have on our skin and around us. That's why the smell.

But if we now want to fight with hygiene flushing and heat the bacteria, that is not enough, it is about the bacteria to escape the soil – that is to get the cellulose layer out of the fibers and the machine. I've looked into what cellulose dissolves in – vinegar and other organic acids are no indication. Oxygen treatment by means of bleach did not work either. But what's up, are alkalis. Washing soda in water forms a strong liquor. (This is how the cellulose dissolves and with it the problem).

Washing soda additionally causes the fibers to swell, thus simplifying the separation of the cellulose.

Disadvantages and risks: Due to the procedure with washing soda, the cellulose film is lost and the fibers gain roughness. The laundry loses color and looks more washed out. Probably the laundry ages by the no longer existing fiber protection when washing more.

But I prefer less colored than strong smelling laundry.

That helped me, I hope it helps others too.

Bernd