Opps, you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer and left them in the washer overnight. So what should you do? Give them the old smell test and if they smell ok, dry them as you normally would.
According to the Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science, wet clothes can start to smell within 8 -12 hours of sitting in a washer’s tub. If you notice any strong smells, simply run through another wash cycle to remove any lingering odors. Putting them in dryer might not remove any smells and you will need to start the whole cleaning cycle over again.
If you do notice mildew flakes on your items, soak the load in hot or warm water with a capful of laundry detergent.