Recently we received a bottle of Smelly Washer cleaner to try out and provide feedback on how well the product works.
Smelly Washer is an all natural cleaner which is used to remove mildew odor from washing machines. As the owner of a high efficiency, front loading washing machine I can attest to how often we are working to combat icky odors and how rarely we are the winner of such battles. I know that all washing machines need to be cleaned; however, I believe our front loading machine is much worse than our old machine ever was. In other words, more often than not it gives off an unpleasant odor. Our clothes always come out smelling amazing but as soon as the washing machine door goes closed, smelly washer ensues.
So what causes this odor?
There are different reasons for odors in a high efficiency (HE) washing machine versus regular washing machine. Since we own a HE machine that is where my attention was drawn. According to Smelly Washer’s website, residue buildup on the inside of the outer tub is the main problem. Since mildew thrives in moist, dark conditions, the problem is fed by residue from suds, softener, soiled water, and hair or other organic material that is left behind after a wash.
How do we fix the problem?
- Use less detergent. All we really need to use is a tablespoon of detergent.
- Stop using fabric softener. Admittedly this would be difficult for me because I LOVE fabric softener. Smelly Washer recommends the use of dryer sheets or dryer balls in place of fabric softeners.
- Maintain your washing machine. Run a hot cycle as the last cycle on your washing day(s). Add an extra rinse if your laundry was extremely soiled.
- Clean the filter. Partially plugged filters slow the draining of water.
Now, back to the product! Smelly Washer is a crystallized powder that has the consistency of coarse table salt. We added a tablespoon (cap full) to a hot wash cycle and then we sat back and waited for the crystals to work their magic. It took two runs for us; however, our machine was apparently particularly icky and I am rather picky when it comes to smells (as I’ve mentioned many times before). Our machine smells fresh and clean and I don’t dread the rush of stink every time I open the door after the machine has sat empty for a period of time.
There are so many things that we love about this product but I also want to point out the overall cost. Each bottle of Smelly Washer, if used correctly, contains 24 treatments. That means each treatment costs less than $0.63. Think about the last time you cleaned your washing machine. What did you use? How much did it cost? I’ve cleaned our machine with bleach, vinegar, and other “washing treatments” and I can tell you success has been minimal at best and short lived. This is an awesome organic, odorless product that works well and has lasting results. That being said, Smelly Washer recommends that you clean your washer a couple of times a month to eliminate and help prevent future odors/problems.
Did I mention Smelly Washer is a multipurpose cleaner? In addition to being suitable for HE or Regular Clothes Washers, Smelly Washer is also safe for use in Stainless and Plastic Tub Dishwashers, Showers, Tubs, and on Tile.
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