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Why do my clothes stink after drying indoors on a rainy day

Why do my clothes stink after drying indoors on a rainy day

With Singapore’s all-year tropical climate, most would take advantage of the good weather to dry their laundry outdoors. Everything is sunshine and rainbows until it rains. Then comes the all-too-familiar musty laundry odour.

Find out why your wet clothes reek more on rainy days and how to always have fresh-smelling laundry no matter the weather. 

Type of laundry fibre

1. Type of laundry fibre

Materials such as cotton, wool, silk and rayon naturally have moisture content and are very absorbent. The downside is that such fibres would house excess water, which encourages bacteria growth, ultimately creating an odour.


2. Not enough sunlight

On rainy days when the temperature is lower, water evaporates more slowly than it would on sunny days. Coupled with the humid weather, mildew buildup will occur on the clothes, resulting in a musty laundry odour. 

To get your laundry to dry faster in rainy weather, check out the latest Steigen automated laundry systems. The system’s 60ºC Quad Core Solar Drying mimics the Sun’s heat with zero UV rays. The best part is the electrical bills are lower than a tumble dryer. 

Not drying quick enough indoors

3. Not drying quick enough indoors

Humidity is the measure of moisture in the air, and it increases – while the rate of evaporation decreases – when it rains. Wet clothes contain moisture too. Hence, the combination of both becomes a one-two punch factor for musty laundry odour. The longer it takes to dry wet laundry, the staler they are going to smell. 

Besides opening the windows for better ventilation, some may use a portable fan to speed up the laundry drying. The average stand fan on speed 3 is 5.2m/s. On the other hand, Steigen’s latest 8-way Circulator Blower is 5% faster at 6.5m/s. Higher wind speed comes with a faster rate of evaporation where laundry would dry faster. 

Rainwater carries bacteria

4. Rainwater carries bacteria 

Rain is formed when water vapour from the surrounding air condenses into water droplets. In the process of condensation, dust, smoke, and tiny bacteria particles in the air may contaminate the water vapour. A combination of such pollutants will carry odour too. When absorbed by garment fibres, this may cause the laundry to smell. 

Nothing beats that fresh laundry scent

There are varying factors that will affect the smell of your laundry so, focus on what is within your control. You may not be able to control the rain, but you can control the “Sun” with a Steigen automated laundry system. 

Here’s $55 storewide off when you sign up with us and stack up to another $50 discount when you trade in your automated laundry racks or manual clothes drying rack – that’s more than $100 off! We also have 5 different 0% interest instalment plans too. 

Still unconvinced? We provide free site measurements (100% non-obligatory) where our Site Measurement Expert checks out your space and curates a report just for you. The free report would cover model recommendations, installation suggestions and even proposed system placements.

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