It happens from time to time, you’ll go to dry your face and you realize your towel, even fresh from the laundry, has a musty, mildew smell to it. Not good. Luckily it’s easy to remove musty smells from towels with a few simple tips and tricks. Read on to find out how to get rid of smelly towels for good!
Why Do My Towels Smell?
Over time build up from detergent and fabric softeners can prevent towels from absorbing and drying as quickly. This can lead to bacteria growth (gross!) which then makes those towels stink!
How to Remove Musty Smells From Towels
Place your towels in the washer but instead of detergent add 1 cup of vinegar to the basin. Set the water temperature to hot and wash as usual. (DON’T ADD DETERGENT!)
Ninety percent of the time I do this my towels have no remaining musty smell after doing just the vinegar rinse. If you have a particularly stubborn smell you can try to repeat the process but this time use one cup of baking soda instead of detergent, just baking soda, no detergent or vinegar! I’ve never had a mildew smell survive the double process of my two favorite home cleaning supplies!
How to Prevent Smelly Towels
Now that you have gotten rid of the mildew smell in your towels, prevent it from coming back by doing a vinegar rinse on the towels every other month or so. It’s an easy way to keep your towels smelling fresh and absorbing properly!
Have you had your towels go smelly? I’ve heard it’s more common on the east coast of the US where there is more humidity. Let me know if you have, and if so, where you live. I’m curious if it happens in drier climates too!
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