ADDRESS: 1412 57th Ave East, Bradenton, FL 34203

PHONE: (941) 281-4814


ADDRESS: 1412 57th Ave East, Bradenton, FL 34203

PHONE: (941) 281-4814



Why Your Laundry May Smell Bad

Learn more on why your laundry may smell!

Introduction: Welcome to Friendly City Laundry, where we’re dedicated to making your laundry experience as fresh and clean as possible! Our  Cold Water San O Wash system will eliminate 99% bacteria and viruses that cause bad smells with the power of Oxygen.  We understand that laundry that smells bad can be frustrating, and we’re here to help you understand the reasons behind it. In this blog, we’ll explore some common culprits for unpleasant odors in your laundry and provide you with tips to ensure your clothes come out smelling fresh and clean. 

 Overloading the Washing Machine: One of the most common reasons for bad-smelling laundry is overloading the washing machine. When you stuff too many clothes into a single load, it doesn’t allow for proper water circulation and detergent distribution. This can result in some items not getting fully cleaned and odors lingering on your garments.

Solution: Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for your washing machine’s capacity and avoid overloading it. It’s better to do smaller, well-balanced loads to ensure a thorough wash. At Friendly City Laundry we make it easy with our “Max Fill” lines on all of our washers.  

Using the Wrong Detergent: Not all detergents are created equal, and using the wrong one can lead to lingering odors. Some detergents might not be effective at breaking down stains and odors, leaving your clothes less than fresh. Solution: Choose a high-quality detergent designed to remove tough stains and odors. Pay attention to the specific laundry needs, such as high-efficiency (HE) detergents for front-loading machines. 

Neglecting the Washing Machine: Your washing machine also requires some TLC to ensure your laundry smells fresh. Over time, dirt, detergent residue, and moisture can build up, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

Solution: Regularly clean your washing machine by running an empty cycle with hot water and a washing machine cleaner. Be sure to leave the door or lid open after each use to allow the interior to dry. At Friendly City Laundry each washer is automatically cleaned each wash with our Cold Water San O Wash system.  

Leaving Wet Clothes in the Machine: Leaving damp clothes in the washing machine for an extended period can lead to mildew growth and a musty odor. This is especially common in front-loading machines, which tend to trap moisture.

Solution: Friendly City Laundry is equipped with high spin washers that extract most of all the water used in the rinse cycle. So your laundry will dry fast in our supersize dryers.  

Overusing Fabric Softeners: While fabric softeners can make your clothes feel soft, they can also contribute to lingering odors. Some fabric softeners can leave a sticky residue on your clothes, which can trap odors over time.

Solution: If you use fabric softener, use it sparingly and avoid overdoing it. You can also consider switching to a dryer sheet or using vinegar as a natural fabric softener alternative.

 Conclusion: At Friendly City Laundry, we know how important it is for your laundry to come out smelling fresh and clean. By addressing these common culprits for bad-smelling laundry, you can enjoy clothes that are not only clean but also have a pleasant scent. Remember to follow these tips, and you’ll have no trouble maintaining the freshness of your laundry in the future. If you ever need assistance or a convenient, professional laundry service, don’t hesitate to visit our facility or contact us for more information. At Friendly City Laundry, fresh laundry is our priority!