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Old 10-28-2007, 10:35 AM
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Mildew smell in the jeans after washing

Guys, I seriously need help here. I've been having this problem for the last few months and I think I'm ruining my jeans as a result. I've tried everything. Every time I do a jeans wash, no matter how I hang dry them afterwards, the jeans smell horribly rancid.

I've tried hanging them on hangers in a closet. I've tried setting them down on the floor in my room. I've tried hanging them outside. I've tried hanging them in front of a fan with the fan blowing. Nothing. Same thing.

Besides going to the dry cleaners, is there anyway I can dry my jeans without this happening?
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Old 10-28-2007, 10:55 AM
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Guys, I seriously need help here. I've been having this problem for the last few months and I think I'm ruining my jeans as a result. I've tried everything. Every time I do a jeans wash, no matter how I hang dry them afterwards, the jeans smell horribly rancid.

I've tried hanging them on hangers in a closet. I've tried setting them down on the floor in my room. I've tried hanging them outside. I've tried hanging them in front of a fan with the fan blowing. Nothing. Same thing.

Besides going to the dry cleaners, is there anyway I can dry my jeans without this happening?
Is this post deja vu? I remember an almost identical post...in Diesel, I think.

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Old 10-28-2007, 10:59 AM
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where do you live?

Unless you have proper ventilation in your place you should only hang em outside. If you live some place thats humid or is cold when you are trying to dry them than they won't dry all the way or maybe you are not letting them dry all the way ... than you throw them in your closet and they are still not dry enough .. they end up smelling.

Could be your closet too. Is it in a basement or damp area of the house? Maybe try moving them to a different closet. Also there is a water catcher that I use in my closets. Its a Korean product so I am not sure if you have access to it. I am not even sure what its called my business partner gets them from Koreatown. It basically sucks up all the water in the closet ... not that there is much here in LA but I would imagine if thats your problem one of these should keep it from happening. You just change it and get a new one when ever it fills up.
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:31 AM
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Are you using detergent? We had a problem with our front loading washing machine that caused all our clothes to smell horrible. We ended up figuring out that we needed to keep the door to the washer open after washing so the until could dry out. I think we were getting moldy stuff up in there and that made the clothes smell gross. I ran a HOT cycle with BLEACH and no clothes and then aired it out. That fixed it. Plus, we don't leave the clothes in there for longer than about 10 minutes before taking them out.

Get a scented detergent, like Tide with Febreze and that should help some! DO NOT dry in a closet. Hang some place where they can completely AIR dry. It may take 2-3 days for them to totally dry. Don't put them in the closet until they are completely dry.
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Old 10-28-2007, 12:18 PM
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^ yeah good point I didn't think about the washer. That could definitely be the case. Specially if the other stuff you are washing smells.
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Old 10-28-2007, 12:27 PM
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I agree with Lawgal about the front load washer completely. I did the same thing, hot wash w/ bleach, no laundry, and always leave the door open now. I've heard people say to put some vinegar in your wash load as well.
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:27 PM
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Put them in the freezer. Seriously. (overnight will do)

-this is used when raw jeans (that you don't wash for months/years at a time)
start to smell
-and try the washer suggestion too; that could be the main problem
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:42 AM
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Put them in the freezer. Seriously. (overnight will do)

-this is used when raw jeans (that you don't wash for months/years at a time)
start to smell
-and try the washer suggestion too; that could be the main problem
Hmmm question...won't the stuff in your freezer start to smell like mildew if you put a jeans that smells like it? I dunno, but Mildew ain't certainly one of my favorite icecream flavors
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:35 AM
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Try making sure they are not too wet when you finish washing them. Put them on that setting that spins out the water(I am going blank for that name). That used to happen with us too, yuck
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:08 PM
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Hmmm question...won't the stuff in your freezer start to smell like mildew if you put a jeans that smells like it? I dunno, but Mildew ain't certainly one of my favorite icecream flavors
No you're freezer won't smell....at least mine didnt.
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Old 11-02-2007, 05:48 PM
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Hmmm kay, ever thought about the water in the machine?

certain minerals can build up in the city system/well.....etc......

there are times when our water is real strong!!! iron, phos, etc.....

water can change and you don't notice it till you wash clothes or drink faucet water

then there are times it can smell strong or taste like metal-lol


just sayin


after you air dry, you really need to tumble dry with some kind of fabric softener

or even find liquid fabric softener
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do you notice the smell after you put the jeans on or when you take them off? Could be you leaving the moldy smell in them try doing this this
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Do you begin to dry them fairly quickly after the wash? You can't leave wet clothes in the washer overnight and then expect them to smell good in the morning.
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do you notice the smell after you put the jeans on or when you take them off? Could be you leaving the moldy smell in them try doing this this
He posted this back in 07; the problem has probably been resolved by now.
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