Why does my laundry never smell good?

nyrgirl35July 18, 2013

I have an LG front loader and my laundry after the dryer never has the smell of the detergent on it. I've tried even the enhancer to add to wash and still noting especially towels. Clothes sometimes a hint of a smell. I try to use more of the natural laundry detergents. I just tried Caldrea detergent which a lot of people complaining that the smell is too strong on their clothes and when I used it you can barely smell a hint on clothes and absolutely nothing on towels. I haven't been using fabric softner just vinegar. Is it front loading machines that tend to do this? Also I'm not looking for heavenly perfumed clothes just want that nice fresh smell of clean laundry.

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dadoes

100% clean laundry shouldn't have a scent at all, if the detergent is fully rinsed away. Any lingering scent is because some of the detergent chemicals are left behind.

Maybe your machine rinses exceptionally well. Using vinegar (in the softener dispenser? which triggers into the last rinse) may be neutralizing whatever detergent scent remains. Try eliminating the vinegar. Or perhaps try some softeners. Fabric softeners nowadays seem more oriented toward aromatherapy than softening.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 8:14PM
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rococogurl

All around, Persil megaperls works very well and leaves a fresh pine fragrance unless I use an extra rinse.

I've used a few different Caldrea liquids and found the fragrance left on clothes varies. Sweet Pea is the most pronounced. The sister product Mrs. Meyers leaves more fragrance in general.

I've never found that vinegar does anything at all and don't understand why everyone likes it.

I use about 1 tsp of Mrs. Meyers fabric softener, mixed with water, on towels only. Diluting it helps. I favor their Geranium.

This post was edited by rococogurl on Fri, Jul 19, 13 at 14:52

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 10:08AM
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nyrgirl35

Rococogurl thanks for the advice. Persil did leave a nice scent on my clothes but its so expensive and we are a family of 6 so I'm doing a lot of wash! The Caldrea I tried was the basil scent which I'm not a fan of, but I will still finish it being that I barely smell it on my clothes anyway. I do love the basil scent for mrs. Meyers but haven't tried the laundry detergent yet. The reason I use vinegar is softens clothes a bit, it doesnt get rid of static but I have wool balls in dryer for that. Also trying to use less chemicals if I can!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 9:22PM
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dualref

People like vinegar in the rinse water because it kills suds and helps the clothes rinse cleaner than without. Without excessive suds left in the wash, clothing is softer.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 1:12PM
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jakvis

you say your trying to use less chemicals but you want your clothes to have a perfumed smell. This doesn't make sense

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 5:46PM
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rococogurl

I have tried vinegar several times and could not determine that it did anything at all. I've read all the claims. It has never softened anything I've washed. It did not deodorize either despite using 1 cup in a wash.

With a front loader and soft water I am very careful about dosing. If I see any residual suds I just do an additional quick rinse.

It's very effective as weed killer in the garden, however.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 5:49PM
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nyrgirl35

Jakvis I said I'm NOT looking for heavly perfumed clothes, just a fresh smell. The laundry detergents I try to use use essential oils as a fragrance. So yes i am trying to use less chemicals if I can!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 9:06PM
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knot2fast

"I try to use more of the natural laundry detergents."

Is it possible the natural laundry detergents aren't getting the clothes particularly clean?

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 12:12AM
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rococogurl

nyr girl I forgot to mention Vaska lavender to you. It's too concentrated for my soft water but it's a green detergent. Goes on sale at drugstore.com.

@knot2fast -- I've tried many detergents and none gets clothes cleaner than the Persil IMO.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 9:56AM
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jakvis

perfumed smell and perfumed to smell fresh is just splitting hairs.

But as dadoes said:
100% clean laundry shouldn't have a scent at all, if the detergent is fully rinsed away. Any lingering scent is because some of the detergent chemicals are left behind.

Try taking a dryer sheet and cutting it in 1/2 or 1/4 size and add it to your dryer. This will add a very light "fresh" smell to your clothes and you can decide which clothes get the treatment.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 12:14PM
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nyrgirl35

Thanks Rococogurl, I've heard about Vaska but haven't tried it yet! I agree Persil is the best at cleaning but too expensive for the amount of laundry I do. Also trying hard to find a good green detergent but I can't compensate for not having clean clothes!! Just curious what would happen when you used Vaska being that you have soft water?
Before I tried caldera I tried Nellys and it didn't clean my clothes at all they looked clean but smelled like they weren't washed actually had a dirty laundry smell. Reviews for Nellys were mostly all great. Just strange how it works for some and others not good at all.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 7:21PM
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fordtech

It would sure be nice to find an affordable American brand of detergent that compares to Persil and its old Oxydol fragrance. Sigh... oh well

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 7:59PM
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PLC64

I have considered this same issue in my home. This phenomenon only occurred after I installed a softner/filter in our home. I would agree with other posts which conclude that softer water is responsible and that clothes are actually clean. As for vinegar, it's primary purpose in the laundry is to clean the washer and eliminate odors. If you have an older washer that has never been cleaned, it may need maintenance to remove scum and buildup that has collected over years of use. There are great videos on Youtube to assist the homeowner in the process.

"That's just my two scents."

    Bookmark   January 19, 2015 at 10:46AM
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miele1966

If you want your clothes to smell nice, hang them outside.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 8:12AM
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spicy19

miele, that depends on the air quality. I'm sure no one in Beijing would agree with you. :)

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 11:40AM
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jellytoast

How 'bout adding a couple of drops of essential oil (lavender?) to the rinse water, or putting a couple of drops onto an unscented dryer sheet?

    Bookmark   January 21, 2015 at 6:26PM
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herring_maven

rococogurl: "nyr girl I forgot to mention Vaska lavender to you. It's too concentrated for my soft water but it's a green detergent. Goes on sale at drugstore.com."

+1

    Bookmark   January 21, 2015 at 11:10PM
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