Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Get Rid of Those Stinky Towels

When you least expect it, it hits you; that awful, stinky, mildew smell. Sure we've all done it (left the clothes in the washer a little too long before switching to the dryer). A quick rewash, or even just a couple of extra dryer sheets, and it's like it never happened. Right? Wrong!
I used to get away with this reckless behavior, until that fateful day when my mother-in-law called me out on this problem. I always want my house guests to feel like they are in a hotel, so I lay out fresh towels and even provide them with travel sized toiletries when they stay the night . To hear that my fresh towels were far from fresh, I was so embarrassed. The good news is she didn't leave me without a solution. So I'm here today to pass her little trick along to you, so as to save you from my embarrassing stinky mildew towels!

What you'll need:
Stinky towels
Baking soda (optional)
  1. Gather all those smelly towels and throw them in the wash.
  2. Instead of putting detergent in, pour a cup of vinegar in the detergent spot (for front loaders) or straight into the machine for top loaders.
  3. Run the washing machine using hot water and sit back while the magic happens.
  4. Before throwing them into the dryer, throw about 1/2 cup of baking soda in with those towels (for both front and top loading machines, put directly in the machine).
  5. Run the washer with hot water again
  6. Switch to dryer
You might not notice at first, but let me tell you, as soon as you use that towel after a shower, you will. I didn't do the baking soda step when I did mine, but I hear it makes your towels extra fluffy. Who doesn't love a good fluffy towel?

I hope this helps and will save you the embarrassment of a house guest telling you that your towels smell. I can't wait to do this to ALL my linens: towels, washcloths, sheets, etc. The possibilities are endless!

1 comment :

  1. Every few weeks I'll whip out the baking soda and vinegar. Works like a charm every time! Happy Thursday :)