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4 Signs Your Laundry Might Not Be Truly Clean

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When it comes to laundry cleanliness, our experts consider four factors when determining if something is truly clean. They are visible stains, smells, dinginess, and dullness. For something to be considered truly clean, they don’t just look at fabrics on the surface, they go deep down into the fibers to look for trapped-in soil molecules that are invisible to the eye. We know not everyone has a microscope lying around, but that doesn’t mean you can’t know what to look for. That’s why we put this guide together for things to spot for truly clean laundry.

What Causes Laundry Soils & Smells?
If it looks clean but smells dirty, it’s not clean.

Invisible body soils bind to fabric fibers easily, like microscopic grease magnets. This makes them some of the toughest soils to successfully remove. Sometimes, despite washing, many of these soils get left behind on fabrics. Unfortunately, all it takes is a small amount of leftover body soils to break down to begin to cause odor. Plus, there are also moments when towels and clothes smell fresh right out of the wash, but then begin to smell again over time. That’s because perfumes from laundry products can temporarily hide or mask the musty smell, but over time, the perfume fades and you’re left with the stink again.

What Causes Laundry Soils & Smells

Invisible body soils bind to fabric fibers easily, like microscopic grease magnets. This makes them some of the toughest soils to successfully remove. Sometimes, despite washing, many of these soils get left behind on fabrics. Unfortunately, all it takes is a little amount of leftover body soils to break down to begin to cause stink. Plus, there are also moments when towels and clothes smell fresh right out of the wash, but then begin to smell again over time. That’s because perfumes from laundry products can temporarily hide or mask the musty smell, but over time, the perfume fades and your left with the stink again.

What Causes Laundry Soils & Smells?
If it looks clean but smells dirty, it’s not clean

Invisible body soils bind to fabric fibers easily, like microscopic grease magnets. This makes them some of the toughest soils to successfully remove. Sometimes, despite washing, many of these soils get left behind on fabrics. Unfortunately, all it takes is a small amount of leftover body soils to break down to begin to cause odor. Plus, there are also moments when towels and clothes smell fresh right out of the wash, but then begin to smell again over time. That’s because perfumes from laundry products can temporarily hide or mask the musty smell, but over time, the perfume fades and you’re left with the stink again.

What Causes Laundry Soils

What Causes Laundry Dinginess & Dullness?
The invisible becomes visible.

Dinginess in fabrics can be caused by a buildup of body soils over time that regular washing might’ve missed. Think about washing your white t-shirt. No matter how hard you try, it often becomes yellow or discolored over time. That’s because of little, trapped-in body soils that in small quantities are invisible to your eyes. Because they are sticky, they attract more body soils and dirt with each wash and wear. That leads to dingy and dull t-shirts that you often end up throwing away and spending more money to replace. Other things that can lead to dinginess and dullness include overloading your washing machine, using a poor quality detergent or not enough of a good quality detergent, and washing in hard water. That’s why it’s also important to closely follow your laundry’s washing instructions to help avoid these problems from happening in the future.

What You Can Do

truly clean laundry, it’s important

To have truly clean laundry, it’s important to consider that invisible body soils are often the reason for unclean clothes and fabrics. With that in mind, you can now tackle your laundry problem like an expert, with a better and more informed approach. That means following laundry instruction closely, taking into consideration your washers’ laundry settings, and also using a laundry solution that gets deep down into fabric fibers to remove trapped-in body soils. Luckily for you, that’s exactly what Tide One Wash Miracle can do. See how One Wash Miracle can help make your laundry truly clean by removing body soils. Learn more here.