Get Musty Smells Out of Towels

With summer in full swing, you may notice that your linen closet seems a bit barren, that a lot of your towels have gone missing. Then you find them 3 days later still damp in the children’s hamper or bunched up on their bedroom floor, OR maybe you just forgot a load of towels in the drier, either way the result is the same, musty towels. You wash them and then after that you catch a whiff from your towel, and it is “less than fresh.” You know you just washed it, why would it still smell? Towels and washcloths tend get a build up of detergent and fabric softener. This actually attracts smelly mildew and can even waterproof your towels. That not only makes them smelly, but also can reduce the absorbency.

Instead of buying new ones, you can bring new life back to your towels with a simple solution — Vinegar and Baking Soda.  Vinegar strips the detergent and softener build up. Baking soda will help remove the odors. Towels will not only smell much better, but actually become more absorbent.

Here’s what you need:

1/2 cup of baking soda
1 cup of white vinegar
Washing Machine with HOT water (do not use any other temperature setting)

TOP LOADING MACHINE INSTRUCTIONS

Place your towels into the washing machine and fill with hot water. To make it extra hot, you can even boil a large pot of water and pour it into the machine to ensure it is extra hot.

Once filled with water, pour in a cup of vinegar and run the machine through a cycle. When done, refill the basin again with HOT water. This time, add 1/2 cup of baking soda once the tub is filled. Run through another cycle.

Dry as usual and your towels should be as good as new! If you find they are not, just repeat the process and it should work.

FRONT LOADING MACHINE INSTRUCTIONS

Place your towels into the washing machine. Add one up of vinegar to the laundry detergent dispenser. Run a cycle using HOT water and HOT rinse cycle.

When done, repeat the process, but use 1/2 cup – 1 cup of baking soda in the dispenser. Run again using hot water.

Dry as usual and your towels should be as good as new! If you find they are not, just repeat the process and it should work.