How to keep your laundry smelling summer fresh

There's nothing like slipping into clean clothes that smell amazing on a hot, sticky summer's day. Here's how to make sure your laundry comes out of the wash with a lovely, long-lasting scent.

1. Don't leave it hanging around

We've all done it - on those days when you're trying to get a million things done at once, you put a load in the washing machine and then forget all about it.

But damp clothes sitting in the confined space of your washing machine are a breeding ground for mildew. Everything comes out smelling musty, and there's a chance it may make your next load smell less-then-fresh too.

So try to make sure you take your laundry out for drying as soon as possible (you can even set a timer on your phone as a reminder).

2. Give your washing machine a clean

If you've made a habit of leaving wet laundry in the washer, or if your trusty machine has worked through lots of loads in its lifetime, it may be bunged up with all sorts of things that can prevent your clothes from getting really clean.

The low-temperature washes most of us use nowadays can't always completely clear out mould and bacteria in the system, so once in while run an empty wash on a high temperature to flush all that gunk away.

3. Don't overfill the drum

When you're busy with a mountain of laundry to get through, it can be tempting to cram it in to cut down the number of loads you need to run.

But an overstuffed washing machine won't get clothes really clean: they need space to move around in the water. As a rough guide, you want to leave a gap as big as the width of your hand at the top of the drum. In the long run, you'll save time because your clothes will stay smelling fresh longer.

4. Use the fresh scent of Bold

It's a great time-saver to have fabric softener and detergent all in one handy capsule. And while it's quick to use, the fresh scent of Bold 2in1 Pearls lasts for hour after hour of wear.

Blended by Lenor's expert perfumers, this serene and harmonious scent will put make you feel like you're strolling through sunny fields in the south of France.

5. Make the most of sunny days by line-drying clothes

Now the sun's out at last, there's no need to overheat your house by running a noisy tumble dryer. Popping your clothes on the line in a warm breeze gets them dry quickly and all the fresh air helps to preserve the lovely laundry scent. The sunlight even helps to kill off bacteria, ensuring your clothes are as clean as can be.

What are your favourite ways of freshening up laundry? Give us your tips in the comments below.