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Washing Stinky Towels

Washing Stinky Towels

Major Culprits of Smelly Towels:

1. Mildew and Mold

The main reason your towels get smelly is from a buildup of mildew and mold. A buildup of soap residue mixed with a moist environment is the perfect playground for mold and mildew!

2. Too much detergent

Most of us use too much laundry detergent. And it’s really hard to see the fill lines in the cap! But I can almost guarantee if you’re reading this, you’re using too much detergent. It’s ok! It’s a really easy fix.  Just simply don’t use as much laundry detergent.  Or buy the laundry pods.

3.  Fabric softener and dryer sheets

Another common culprit of smelly towels is using fabric softener or dryer sheets with your towels.  These have a waterproofing effect on your towels, making it difficult for water to get into the towel and clean it.

Getting rid of the smell!

1.  Ditch the detergent
There is already so much soap residue on your towel from bathing. You really don’t need any detergent.  But if you’re like me and the thought of not using detergent weirds you out, then just use a drop.
2.  Use Vinegar
Add 1-2 cups of vinegar into your load.  Either directly into the tub, or into the detergent/bleach compartment if you have a high efficiency washer.  Wash your towels in HOT water.
3.  Use baking soda
This is important: DO NOT USE THE VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA IN THE SAME LOAD! Use one or the other.  Or if you want to tackle a really smelly load, wash once in vinegar, and then send the towels through a second cycle with 1/2 cup of baking soda.
4.  Dry thoroughly 

Make sure that you dry your towels completely before you put them away.

Thank you for reading our “Quick-Read Series” on Laundry Detergent. Check back for more quick cleaning tips! 
– Cleaning for You, LLC.

  Colorado Springs, Colorado 

Resources: One Good Thing by Jillee:; Good Housekeeping: