Leave the towels in the washer after the vinegar wash cycle is done. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the washer, and run through another wash cycle with HOT water. Finally, make sure to dry your towels THOROUGHLY in the dryer or outside on the clothesline. This one-two punch of vinegar and baking soda should take care of the problem 9 times out of 10. If you are still experiencing bad smells or poor absorbency afterwards, try repeating the same process above until it is gone. (I should also note that I am not recommending using this method
every time you wash your towels. Just use it when you start to notice that БfunkyБ smell, or that the towels donБt seem to be absorbing the way they should. ) LetБs take a brief look at the science behind this method.
Vinegar contains acetic acid, which helps to break up water mineral deposits and dissolve buildup. And baking soda contains an alkali (sodium bicarbonate), which neutralizes odors and dissolves dirt and grease. (Oh vinegar and baking soda, is there anything you two canБt do? ) Okay, so now that your towels are better smelling and more absorbent, letБs KEEP them that way! Here are a few tips for keeping your towels clean and smelling fresh. Be sure to check that your towels are completely dry before putting them away.
Even a small amount of moisture can make towels smell sour. Mold and mildew love it when towels are left in a puddle on the floor, so make sure to hang them up to air-dry after each use. Bathmats should be hung to dry too. Make sure youБre not using too much detergent! Excess detergent leaves a residue, especially in high-efficiency washers that use less water. DonБt use commercial fabric softener on towels. Fabric softener coats fabric with a thin layer of chemicals, which actually makes them less absorbent. Instead, reach for your trusty bottle of white vingear. Vinegar is a great natural fabric softener! It prevents further build-up, eliminates static, and will make your towels softer.
Related: The woolwash and the fabric softener will be leaving a film on the towels that traps body oils. That s what s causing the stink, it happens with cloth nappies too and to get rid of it you do something called a strip wash. Give them a wash on the hottest setting you can set the machine to with napisan. Then run them through another hot cycle without detergent to get rid of any residue in them. They ll come out stiff as a board but at least they won t stink. Dry them in full sun if you can because that will get rid of any residual stink. To get rid of the stiffness either pop them in the tumble dryer or fold them up and put them in the freezer.
I m not quite sure how it works but freezing the towels is a trick my Grandmother taught me and it makes them come out lovely and soft. If you can adjust the RPM of your washing machine, set it to the lowest RPM when washing towels. In my machine I set it to 600RPM for towels, if you can t adjust the RPM try washing your towels on the delicates cycle. The lower the RPM of the wash the softer the towels come out. Also try using the Earths Choice detergent on towels, I find it leaves the towels softer than the other brands and it takes longer for smell and stiffness to build up.