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How to Get Rid of Odor in Wet Clothes

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    LESLIE: Alright. Well, I’ve never said that guys are good at doing laundry and here’s some proof. We’ve got William in Iowa on the line who’s having a laundry issue. Tell us what’s going on.

    WILLIAM: Well, we wash our clothes and dry them and the dark clothes, if they’re damp or even in a room that’s a little bit damp, they get really, really musty and (inaudible at 0:14:25) smelling. Well, I want to know what’s going on.

    TOM: So the light clothes don’t smell; only the dark clothes smell.

    WILLIAM: Only the dark clothes.

    TOM: OK. And when you wear your dark clothes, do you get really good, heavy-duty workouts where you really sweat and get messy and …?

    WILLIAM: No, not really. I used to. I used to work on cars but not anymore.

    TOM: I was just wondering if the dark clothes are dirtier than the light clothes.

    That’s a really odd question, William. I don’t have any idea why that would happen except to say that if they’re heavier clothes, of course, they’ll take longer to dry than the light clothes. And are you on a well there?

    WILLIAM: Well, it’s rural water, so it’s basically the same.

    TOM: Rural water, OK. Because sometimes, depending on the minerals that are in the water, if you don’t dry them right away, they can really develop quite an odor. And then the other thing to check is to check the water hardness and make sure that your water is not hard.

    And then after that, I would also check the venting for however your washing machine drains. Because if there’s a problem with the venting system, then you’re going to get sewage gas that backs up and really, it may not have anything to do with the color of the clothes, which would make sense, of course. It’s more a problem with the way the plumbing system is vented itself.

    So, it’s going to be one of those possibilities, William. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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