Let’s face it, your towels at some point have had that mildew smell. Whether they sat on a cold dark floor or in the washer too long, that moldy smell is unmistakable. It happens. You may have even been trying to get ahead of the laundry monster by throwing a load into the washer with all the intentions of putting it right into the dryer when it was done… but then life gets in the way and you forget…
When dirt, grime and detergent build-up gets into the towel and clothing fibers and becomes wet (and left that way for a period of time), it can crate that awful and sometimes all too common smell when you open that washer door. We all know it’s one of the worst laundry smells, and I’m sure most of us have even used them once or twice, and the smell STAYS WITH YOU. Yes, it’s the worst.
Well, don’t fret because it’s really easy to freshen those towels and get rid of the mildew stink!
Wash your load of towels on the hot cycle and add 1 cup of vinegar to the load. DO NOT use detergent, bleach(this can be very dangerous!), or even fabric softener. Just hot water and vinegar, and let the washer do it’s job. If after the initial wash you still smell “that smell,” simply rewash with just hot water and 1/2 cup of baking soda. You probably won’t need to do this step, but if your towels are bad, you might want to. Again, no detergent, just baking soda and hot water. Simple, right?
After the load is finished in the washer, throw them in the dryer and you’re all done! They always come out smelling fresh and clean and 1,000% better than when they went in!
As always, make sure to wash towels (and any smelly clothes) with like colors only because they can bleed with the hot water.