Try allowing each load of smelly laundry to pre-soak for at least 15 minutes in hot water, using one of these additives per load to see what (and how much) works best for you: borax (about 1/2 cup), vinegar (3/4 cup), lemon juice (about 1/2 cup), baking soda (3/4 cup), hydrogen peroxide diluted to 3 percent (1/2 cup).
Try running your stinky wash loads with the addition of one extra cleaning product at a time, such as Clean Control, Simple Green or Pine-Sol (1/4 cup — and only if you can handle the scent).
You can try using 1/4 cup of bleach (add it to the wash water and make sure it has been diluted significantly before adding smelly laundry, and never use bleach with any other additive besides regular detergent). Another option is to add 1/2 cup of ammonia to a load of laundry, but be sure not to use with bleach to avoid creating dangerous fumes.
Try a commercial laundry detergent that has an odor-removing additive, such as Febreze or Renuzit.
Use hot water to wash loads that smell.
To help keep your smelly laundry problem from returning, you may need to give your clothes washer a deep clean of its own. Find out how to deodorize your smelly washing machine here.
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