If you have lots of damp towels and do not have time to wash them immediately or your washing machine is out of order, they may develop a pungent mildew smell that will make them incredibly unpleasant to use.
You can get rid of this foul odor at home using this technique.
Wash the towels in the washing machine.
Place the smelly towels in the washing machine and start the wash cycle using the hot water setting. Add in one cup of white vinegar.
- do not use detergent of oftener at this stage
Soak the towels in machine.
Stop the machine after everything is well mixed. Then, allow the towels to soak in the vinegar solution for about one hour. After an hour, turn the machine on again and let the cycle complete.
Add some more vinegar and detergent.
Next, you will need to run the wash cycle again, but this time add another cup of vinegar and your regular laundry detergent. Use the same amount that you would usually use for a load and allow the cycle to run through as usual, except with an extra spin cycle.
- You can either select “extra spin cycle” if your machine has this feature or restart the spin cycle after the first one finishes.
Dry towels immediately.
As soon as the second spin cycle finishes, put the towels into the dryer or hang in the sun to dry.
Dry them on high heat until they are completely dry.
Your towels should be like new after this treatment.
- If your towels still smell like mildew after this treatment, then you may need to replace them.