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A few weeks ago I noticed that some of my towels were beginning to smell funky, even right after being washed and dried. I regularly clean my washing machine, so knew it wasn’t that. I did some research and figured out that towels can start to have an odor over time due to the build-up of detergent and fabric softeners. This build-up will start holding in odors and the residue makes the towels less absorbent as well.
Here is the simple solution I found to get my towels really cleaned up and smelling fresh again:
-Run the towels through a wash cycle without detergent using HOT water and 1 cup of white vinegar.
-When the wash cycle is done, keep the towels in the machine and run the cycle once more using hot water and 1/2 cup baking soda, again using no detergent.
(You can add about 10 drops of a citrus essential oil, or any other fresh smelling essential oil that you like.)
-Dry the towels as normal – now they smell fresh and have regained their absorbency!
The science behind this method: Vinegar (which contains acetic acid) breaks up water mineral deposits and dissolves buildup, and baking soda (which contains an alkali—sodium bicarbonate) neutralizes odors and dissolves dirt and grease.
-You can help prevent the funky towel smell by decreasing the amount of laundry detergent by half in each load and avoid using fabric softeners (which cause build-up).
-Always make sure the towels are completely dry before they are folded and put away. Folding even a damp towel can cause mildew to form, so allow it to dry completely before folding.