Dank towel smells are not pleasant and can occur quicker than anyone anticipates. Leave a wet towel out or in the washer overnight and the next day it may be smelling worse than it was before you cleaned it. Regardless of whether or not the weather is relentlessly hot and sticky, mildew can still grow like crazy on clothing and towels. It’s a resilient and pesky problem that we all face at some point in our lives.
Mildew smells gross and no one want to rub it all over their freshly cleaned body. When the stinky stuff gets into towels and fabrics it can linger long after the actual mildew has been destroyed. Normal methods of washing and cleaning mildew infected towels are not going to cut it. Instead of wasting time, water, soap, and your wits, try this odor eliminating trick to get the stink out once and for good.
All you need to do is place all of your smelly towels and clothes in the washing machine. Fill it with hot water, the hotter the better, place a ¼ cup of baking soda in with the towels, and run them through a full wash cycle. Once it’s complete pour a ¼ cup of white vinegar into the washer along with whatever regular detergent you use. Run the wash again through a cycle with hot water and when it’s done take the towels out and place them in the dryer as soon as you possibly can. Place the dryer on the hottest setting available, throw in some dryer sheets, and put the timer on for long enough to ensure that they completely dry out.
This should do the trick and eliminate the lingering odors that mildew leaves behind. For really stinky and heavy smells you can increase the amounts of vinegar and baking soda. Try using one cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda if lesser amounts fail to rid the smell, and whatever you do, dry wet towels as soon as possible to avoid future mildew problems.