Methods to Fix Stinky Towels or Moldy, Sour Smelling Linens

Once you've thrown a load of towels or linens in the washing machine, you go to throw them in the dryer and discover that they have a smell to them. You're too busy with housekeeping chores to deal with it so you begin to think that your dryer will eliminate the odor once the towels are dry. Unfortunately, you discover that it didn't do the trick. You come to find that it's still there.

You may have attempted to wash them more than once before tossing in the dryer, but it didn't seem to eliminate the problem, right? Regardless of how many times you wash those towels, no matter what type they are; the residues that get left behind build up. The more you wash, the more built up they get. The buildup prevents water from penetrating deep inside the towels, which turns into missed areas that odors (bacteria) like to hide.

Don't toss your towels away because there is an actual way to renew them to almost new condition. Spend the money elsewhere and keep your towels since there is a way to revive them.

The first thing to do is wash in some hot water. However, add some vinegar (about 1 cup) to the clothes washer for your 1st round. Simply use vinegar since laundry room detergent or fabric softeners can restrict the vinegar.

When the machine completes, launder a second time. Once again, do not add detergent or fabric softener to the wash load. At this point, add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your load. As soon as the washer is done, merely toss in the clothing dryer and eureka! Once dry, you will have towels or linens as good as new, unless they have stains of course. 

If the odor problem in your towels does not go away, then the washer is probably causing the problem. To renew the washer, try using clothes washer fresheners. They are acquirable at most dealers who sell washers and they often can be bought in capsule form. Make sure to follow the directions completely because this is not a normal load. Check your manufacturer's guidelines or instructions to ensure proper use. You can find instructions for your washer on the manufacturer's website.

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