Monday, September 12, 2016

How to Get That Sour Smell Out of Your Towels

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How to Get That Sour Smell Out of Your Towels

You know that face you get? When you just got out of the shower... You're drying off... The towel reaches your face and...

Yep. Sour towels.

Or how about after you've washed your hands at the kitchen sink... You attempt to wipe off the piece hair that is tickling your face... after you just dried your hands off on the kitchen towel and...

Yep. Sour towel.

How about when your kids are happily getting ready for school and they let you know that... Ewwww... the towel stinks really... really bad?

It happens. I'm not sure how it happens (too much laundry detergent. wet towels sitting out too long.) But, it does. And we want our towels to make us feel like this...

Last week we had this issue. I washed our towels in bleach, but the kids didn't like the bleach smell and my husband said it smelled like corn nuts. Ha! Awesome! I love me some corn nuts... just not in my towels.

So this weekend I tried the following and it worked like a charm.


* In hot water, wash your towels in 1 - 1 1/2 cups of vinegar. (I chose 1 1/2 cups because I thought 1 cup wouldn't be enough for the amount of towels I was washing). Nothing else. Just vinegar.

* Once the towels are done. Wash them again in hot water with 1/2 cup of baking soda. I did add a bit of fabric softener because I was afraid they were going to come out of the dryer standing up on their own. I don't like crispy towels.

That's it! Fresh smelling towels!

This works perfectly! There is no need to do this every.single.time you wash towels. But, when they get a little smelly, try this.

Do you have any sour towel tips?

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  1. I simply wash my sour dish cloths in a grapefruit based Ajax dishwashing liquid with bleach alternative. That takes the smell out immediately and I just let the cloth air dry or wash in the regular laundry. I've had the same success with a grapefruit based hand soap at my daughter's house.

    1. Thanks for the tip! Hope you have a blessed day!


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