Monday, April 12, 2010

Remove washing machine odors with Smelly Washer {Review & Giveaway}

{This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to those who entered!}

Like pretty much all couples, my husband and I have little things that we tease each other about. I harass him about doing brainless things (e.g. putting the ice cream in the refrigerator), being able to fall asleep almost instantly at any time and that before we started dating he wore all earth-toned clothing (not literally, but it was still odd). He, on the other hand, picks on me for being oblivious when the item I'm searching for is right in front of me, being willing to load but not unload the dishwasher and also claims that in college I went with weeks in between washing my towels.

Some of the above hold more truth than others but something that has definitely been an issue is my husband's distaste for a towel that has even the faintest odor. I'll take a freshly laundered towel out of the dryer and bury my nose in it, thinking it smells great... while he takes one whiff and remarks that we need to buy new towels.

Is it the towels? Do we have a stinky washing machine? I don't think either are true, I think that all we need is something better than detergent to clean our towels once in a while. Something to rid them of that musty, mildew smell. Something like Smelly Washer.


When we moved into our house it had an ancient washing machine, so we upgraded to a front loader and I have loved it ever since. I could create an ongoing list naming the positive features of front loading washing machines, starting with the larger capacity, less water used and the fact that being able to watch the clothes spin around is quite entertaining to children.

However, one of the most common complaints is that left untreated, front loaders can build up quite a bad smell from the dirty clothes, detergent, fabric softener, etc. In order to prevent the need for repairs, the easy and efficient solution is to use a washing machine cleaner and remove the mildew odor yourself. We've managed to keep our machine smelling pretty fresh by keeping the door open when it's not in use, but then there are those towels that my husband is always complaining about.

Fortunately, not only does Smelly Washer rid your washing machine of any stinky scents, it does double duty as a towel cleaner as well. First, I followed the instructions to make sure that my machine was clean and ready - one cap of Smelly Washer went into the dispenser, through a hot wash cycle and it was done. For washing machines that really need more cleaning, Smelly Washer can be left longer or run through several times to get it fresh.

Since my front loader was clean-smelling to start with, I didn't notice a huge difference, but I was ready to really test it out with a pile of old, musty towels that had been first used for people, then for our dog, then have sat in our basement to be used as rags. Let's just say that they didn't just smell, they REALLY SMELLED.

After first washing the load of towels with Smelly Washer only and then rewashing normally with detergent, I couldn't wait to pull them out of the dryer. The result?


I was amazed that these towels smelled fresh, clean and without a hint of odor or mildew. Had I not known that these towels have been around for years and years and have gone through so many uses, I would never have guessed. I definitely have plans on using Smelly Washer on the rest of our towels, particularly the ones that my husband and I have differing opinions on. If they smell this good, we won't have to keep unnecessarily going out and buying new ones all the time!

Having had such a great response to their washing machine cleaner, Smelly Washer has now come out with a new product, Smelly Towel. The garden fresh fragrance is made specifically for people like me who want to remove the musty scent from their towels or clothing and make them smell new again - what a great idea!

An all-natural product, Smelly Washer is guaranteed to eliminate washing machine odor, fungus and mildew from any washing machine (front or top load). For $16.99, one bottle is an entire year's supply and worth every penny if you have a machine or towels that need it. Plus, thanks to the generosity of Smelly Washer, one person will no longer have to avoid the odors of their stinky machine, because...

One lucky person will win a year's supply (1 bottle) of Smelly Washer!


To enter to win: Visit Smelly Washer's Odor Removal Tips page and tell me something you found interesting there.

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

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Giveaway will end on May 6th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to residents of U.S. and Canada only.

A big thank you to SmellyWasher.com for providing a bottle for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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The Baby Store Plus said...

I also follow @SmellyWasher...I am @BabyStorePlus, but I think you already know that!

ReeCh said...

I learned I should be doing a weekly hot water soak to help keep the washer tub clean of residue.

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Carrie said...

I didn't know that using too much detergent could lead to a smelly washer. I thought the opposite was true!

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Karen P said...

I learned this

The third not-so-common reason for clothes washer smells is using only cold water for washing. Using cold water is fine but makes preventive maintenance very important. A weekly hot soak will dissolve residue not dissolved by cold water. This is a perfect chance to soak soiled dishrags, etc.

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susan said...

I thought it was interesting that washer mildew has already started to grow and multiply even if you leave your laundry in your washer for a bit.

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Anonymous said...

"The main cause of front load or top load stink is the overuse of detergents." Thats new to me!

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Peggy said...

I learned After every washing cycle, run an empty hot water cycle and add a cup of white vinegar. The benefits of vinegar go beyond perfuming your washer. It can even help remove mold and lime build-up in your washer to prevent clogging.
Great idea because I do use vinegar for the coffee machine!
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I found the main cause of front load or top load stink is the overuse of detergents.
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sachidewey said...

I learned that I should use less than a Tbsp of detergent if I have a water softener.

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Jlefkovenj said...

I learned that if you use liquid fabric softener, you should dilute is with 6 parts water to 1 part softener so it doesn't yuck up your machine.

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Anonymous said...

I learned that with a water softener present you should generally use less than 1 tablespoon of detergent. I've been using too much!

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I learned that he main cause of front load or top load stink is the overuse of detergents.
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Jennifer said...

I learned that lint also collects in the washing machine, causing mildew and mold! yuk!

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Found it interesting that the main cause of front load or top load stink is the overuse of detergents.


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found it interesting that washers collect lint


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