Leaving dirty laundry for days in the washing machine is a no no.

Dallas, Texas
November 29, 2015 12:19pm CST
After 4 days of setting in the washing machine my wife sprayed Oxyclean on them and some of the clothes had mold on them. This is a bad thing. Of course we are going to wash all the clothes out today. Thanksgiving kept us away from some of the every day washing chores that we take care of usually so there was an indication that having the clothes setting for days in the washing machine caused potential mold or mildew to form on some of the clothes and this made me wonder if people get diseases from clothing that sets for long periods in a bathroom or kitchen clothes hamper? Just a thought. Joy to the world and good will towards man. But first let me get the laundry finished.
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@shellyjaneo (1091)
• United Kingdom
29 Nov 15
I am guilty of forgetting I have washing in the machine and then it all has to be washed again, it drives me mad all that wasted water and electricity x
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Dec 15
It is better to rewash then to just let the dryer do it's work on damp and potentially moldy clothes, left to set in the dryer overnight.
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• United Kingdom
8 Dec 15
@lookatdesktop Definitely, they never smell good if they have been left to long anyway so I always re wash x
• United States
29 Nov 15
Normally the clothes will not get mold or mildew on them unless they are wet and do not have any air circulation. If you make sure the clothes are dry before putting them in the hamper, then there should not be a problem with them setting for several days to a week or more at a time. Also, having a hamper with vents in it helps to keep them from getting stinky.
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 15
and sometimes if you can have your hamper some place other than a bathroom thats a great idea too as bathrooms cna get steamy from showers.
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Dec 15
Unfortunately we have often put damp clothes in there, because we wanted to put if off until later then later never comes.
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@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
29 Nov 15
You could have a problem with this if you are sensitive or allergic to mold. Food or dampness could cause mold and mildew if it is packed too tightly.
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Dec 15
Built in hamper closets like the one designed in our bathroom stopped being used to store damp and dirty laundry. Because of the fact the hamper itself was prone to being smelly and moldy at times. I thought this design was faulty. We cleaned that out decades ago then used that space to store bathroom supplies and such.
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 15
gosh yes I think some people are highly allergic to mold and that would make those clothes setting in a hamper in a bathroom where theres steam a lot of t he time pick up moisture. I had not thought of that but I can see it would happen too.
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@paigea (22675)
• Canada
8 Dec 15
I make sure damp clothes are dry before I put them in the hamper. But I have accidentally forgotten clothes in the dryer too.
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Dec 15
Yes, I had to take a load out of the drier and rewash the re-dry. A lot of water, detergent and electricity to do over a second time.
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@paigea (22675)
• Canada
8 Dec 15
@lookatdesktop and in my comment I meant to say I accidentally left clothes in the WASHER not the drier. I don't even use the dryer.
@SuzieDQ (42)
• United States
29 Nov 15
I noticed that once with my clothes. Living alone I only do laundry once a week. I had been caught out in a downpour and tossed the wet clothes in the hamper. When I took them out they had mold on them. Was only an old t-shirt and shorts fortunately but woke me up to what could happen with more expensive things.
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Dec 15
I bet that has happened at least once to most everyone here I know it happened to me too and usuallyu I m very very carefu l about washing clothes too.
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Dec 15
Sometimes mold can totally ruin a garment resulting in having to throw it away. Discoloration sets in sometimes and then it's history.
@sugartoes (43846)
• Greencastle, Indiana
29 Nov 15
were they already washed or just put in there to wash? I never put clothes in there & leave them I would have at least waited till either I got back home to do them or to get them done & in the dryer
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Dec 15
I think clothes should be immediately taken out of the washer and placed in the dryer and then the dryer turned on. The process does take time and that is why soaps were invented. LOL.
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@sugartoes (43846)
• Greencastle, Indiana
8 Dec 15
@lookatdesktop yeah that would be the right way to do it or should I say the SMART way ?
@sharon6345 (147861)
• United States
29 Nov 15
I would not leave wet clothes in my washer that long. But,dry clothes I will If the need arises.
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Dec 15
Not a good idea to leave them wet in the washer, at worst, the dryer is still drying a load and won't finish for 45 miunutes. In the meantime the wet laundry is okay for that amount of time, provided you clean your link catcher, then proceed to immediately dry the second load of already washed and waiting laundry in the wahsing machine. lol Meantime, have a coffee and watch The Young and the Restless.
• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
8 Dec 15
This happened to me once and I had to through out a good part of my shirts since the mold stained the shirts