The Simple Solution to Your Smelly Washing Machine Problem
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Whether you accidentally left your clothes in the washer for too long or something about your machine is just giving off some serious permanent stench, here is a simple fix for getting your clothes smelling like, well, fresh laundry again. 

What you need: A box of borax (or 20 Mule Team Borax, as it is formally called) and your regular laundry detergent.

What you do: Add ½ cup borax with your detergent and wash your clothes as usual. Have stubborn stains? Presoak the items with just the ½ cup borax and water for 30 minutes before adding your detergent.

Why it works: Borax is a natural mineral that raises the pH level of water so that it’s closer to neutral. Simply put, the stuff softens H2O—which boosts the cleansing properties of your detergent and inhibits the growth of any fungi in your washing machine (the culprit behind that musty odor).

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