Over time, towels build up detergent and fabric softener, leaving them unable to absorb as much water and smelly. Recharge them by washing them once with hot water and 1cup vinegar, then a 2nd time with hot water and half cup baking soda. This strips the residue and leaves them fresh and able to absorb more water again. Works like a charm!
Clean Towels . . . works great . . . found another suggestion to add 2 tsps dawn dishwashing liquid to vinegar load. Doesn't seem necessary, but good to know. Be aware - dryer sheets build up residue on towels over time.
Pinner said: Get rid of stinky, mildew towels. I love this recipe! My towels are so soft and clean smelling! So glad I found this, I was just about to throw out all of my towels and buy new because no matter how many times I washed them, they still stunk! I gave this a try and voila! My towels smell fresh and clean!
Miracle Cleaner Into a spray bottle mix: 2 oz. Dawn Dishwashing liquid 4 oz. Lemon Juice 8 oz. White Vinegar 10 oz. Water This is powerful stuff! If your shower has a bad build-up of soap scum and crud it may take a time or two to get that shine. I've used this to clean my OVEN.....my STOVE grates and the Glass in the showers....This stuff is AWESOME!!
A Simple Solution For Better Smelling, More Absorbent Towels. Over time, your bath towels will build up detergent and fabric softener residue. This not only attracts SMELLY mildew, it can essentially “waterproof” your towels. If water can’t get into the fabric to clean it, the towel won’t BE or SMELL clean. The GOOD news is that there is a very simple solution for getting rid of the build-up (and thus the SMELL)!