Cleaning Smelly Towels

TowelsMany all of us have come across a smelly towel sometime or another and we are talking about washed towels, which need additional, enhanced cleaning.

Needless to say, these towels demand something more than just deep hot washing, but need additional treatment. Below are a few tips that will help in this regard:

  • Baking soda and vinegar – When faced with smelly towels, keep in mind that it is best to wash them separately and from other towels. Simply soak them for an hour before washing in warm water with a table spoon of baking soda and white vinegar equal parts. You can also add the baking soda/vinegar solution to the already soaked towels in the washer, and pause the cycle for half an hour to allow them to soak. .
  • Bleach – While most of us think that bleach is only to be used for the whites, this is not the case. Bleach comes in handy when washing towels of any color. Of course one should use bleach as the last resort since it does damage to the fabric of the towel, however it is effective in cleaning smelly towels rather well. When using bleach follow the instructions on the box and make sure that you do not go overboard with the quantities since this can ruin the color of the towels. If it is white towels you want to clean, bleach will work perfectly ad not only restore the whiteness of the garment but also rid it of the smell.
  • Hot water – The smell in the towel is basically caused by germs in the towel and washing them in very hot water for a few minutes will help kill these germs and eliminate the smell. Adding some eucalyptus oil to this boiling water will help tremendously. Remember, eucalyptus oil helps to not only lend the towel a fresh smell but it is also an antiseptic and thus has dual advantages. Add the oil right before you throw in the towels and mix it well, making sure you do not burn yourself with the hot water.

Smelly towels do not mean that you did not wash the towels, just that they need additional treatment. With the tips listed above you can freshen up your towels and make them smell as good as new. If our smelly towel has gotten rough, do consider adding some fabric softener and you will have soft, sweet smelling towels ready for use, since most fabric softeners also have a flavor to lend to the towel.

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