Why Does My Washing Machine Smell Like Chemicals?

why does my washing machine smell like chemicals


The laundry room is a commonplace within your home that is exposed to numerous types of chemicals – from cleaning products stored within cabinets in this room, laundry products used in your washing machine, or even chemicals used in the manufacturing of your washing machine. The typical American home usually contains about 3 to 10 gallons of toxic materials inside the home that can both be found in products and appliances utilized in the home. Many of these toxic materials can be found in commonly used cleaning products such as glass cleaners, oven cleaners, and laundry care products.

You may not realize this, but your laundry cleaning process may be more harmful than you could have ever imagined. Scented detergents, fabric softener, bleach, and other laundry care products will taint not only your clothing but also your washing machine leaving an amalgam of odors and worst of all a chemical scent that can be irritating to humans and quite hazardous to health

Washing machine smells: the good, the bad, & the unbearable!

Washing machines in our homes can take quite the punch of odors and smells. This, in turn, can make a lasting mark upon clothing & linens that have gone through the washing machine, and taint the fabrics for a long time! The average family in the United States washed close to 80 pounds of laundry each week, which can leave a build-up of residue and scents over time within your washing machine. For some, this will simply be a pesky annoyance that they deal with from time to time when a foul odor is spread onto their fabrics and leaving a funk that leaves them tossing the article of clothing back into the hamper. However, for others the scents and odors can be nothing short of unbearable!

More and more Americans – ranging from children with sensitive skin and low tolerance to chemicals to adults that experience significant reactions to chemical exposure – have battled with severe reactions and sensitivities to chemical exposure. MCS is a chronic medical condition characterized by a severe sensitivity or allergy-like reaction to many different kinds of pollutants such as solvents, VOCs, perfumes, etc. If you experience symptoms from chemical exposure or suffer from MCS the chemicals both used in your washing machine and the actual chemicals used in the manufacturing process of the washing machine can be harmful to your health.

Why does my new washing machine smell?

Have you recently purchased a new washing machine that has an unmistakable odor that triggers a health reaction? Brand new washing machines can be delivered into your home with a pungent rubbery odor that is persistent for months following its arrival. Washing machines are constructed with a variety of different materials that can create an odor or chemical smell inside of the machine. This is very similar to new furniture that has an amalgam of chemicals used in the manufacturing process that must off-gas following its construction. The new washing machine will similarly have to go through an off-gassing process to eliminate the odors created from the chemicals used – but this process can be quite extensive and intolerable for many. A big culprit for the pungent odors inside your new washer is the rubber gasket seal found in front-load washing machines that utilize a synthetic rubber – this rubber becomes putrid and can transfer the odor onto your clothing.

How to get rid of smell in washing machine

Washing machines, both new and old, can carry an odor or chemical smell that can irritate a person’s health and lead to a chemical reaction. A chemical odor present in your washing machine may run ramped and spread to your clothing and linens that have been washed in the odorous machine. What can you do to get rid of the smell that is invading your washing machine for good and help to minimize chemical exposure?

Many guides will instruct you to use bleach to clean and deodorize the chemical odor from your washer, however, bleach is a toxic cleaner that is not only strong but is harmful to both human health and your septic system. Other alternatives such as vinegar and baking soda are commonly utilized ingredients to help expel odors from the washing machine but when you are dealing with a chemical odor and an individual with environmental and chemical sensitivities these options can be less than ideal due to their strong fragrance, therefore when you are trying to expel the odors from your machine utilizing a chemical odor removal can be the ultimate washing machine deodorizing method.

Deodorize washing machine with a chemical odor removal solution

When you are dealing with a strong chemical odor in your washing machine, rather than combating a chemical odor with a chemical – which would be overtly redundant – utilizing a non-toxic, earth-friendly, and chemical-free solution is optimal! The EnviroKlenz Washing Machine Deodorizer & Cleaner is the ultimate chemical-odor eliminator for washing machine odors. EnviroKlenz utilizes a patented earth mineral technology that is highly reactive against a broad spectrum of chemicals and noxious odors, it works to come into contact with the chemical/odor and neutralize the offending chemical odor. The EnviroKlenz Washing Machine Deodorizer & Cleaner is an easy to use, a highly-effective product that you simply place into your washing machine – on an empty load – with warm water and high agitation for a complete odor elimination of your washing machine.

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