Can I Leave Clothes in the Washer Overnight?
Leaving your clothes in the washer overnight is possible, but is it a good idea?
To answer this question, it is important to consider the following:
Types of Washers
Front loaded washers: These machines do not have the agitator found in traditional washing machines, and therefore are less likely to create suds that require draining. This fact, combined with the washer’s door seal, makes them suitable for leaving your clothes in overnight and returning to them in the morning.
Top loaded washers: Top loaded washers are more likely to create suds during use. If it is not possible to drain the suds and stagnant water during the night, clothes should not be left in the washer overnight.
Smell: Even without suds, night air can penetrate the washer and cause an accumulation of bacteria and mildew on your clothes. This can lead to a foul odor that may be difficult to remove.
Mold: Due to its moist environment, the washer can become a breeding ground for mold. This can cause both a bad smell, as well as a significant health hazard with which you do not want your family to be exposed.
Functionality: Leaving your clothes in the washer overnight can cause them to become limp, wrinkled and misshapen from too much repetitive motion. The washer may also suffer from worn parts, especially if you do so frequently.
Although it is possible to leave your clothes in the washer overnight, it is not recommended. To prevent unpleasant odors, mold growth and damage to your washer and clothing, it is best to take them out as soon as the wash cycle is complete.