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Banishing Odors: How to Deep Clean Smelly Towels

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There’s nothing more aggravating than reaching for a towel, only to be greeted by a musty odor. Smelly towels are a common issue, often arising from a buildup of bacteria, mildew, or lingering dampness. Fear not – reviving your towels to a fresh and pleasant state is not only possible but surprisingly simple. Mr. Gizmo will give you a step by step guide (and video!) to deep clean smelly towels and bid farewell to unpleasant odors.


  1. Hot Water Wash: Set your washing machine to the hottest water temperature recommended for the towel fabric. Hot water helps to kill bacteria and eliminate odors. Add a cup of distilled white vinegar to the washing machine drum; this natural disinfectant is highly effective in neutralizing smells. Vinegar helps to break down detergent residues, removes any lingering odors, and restores the towels’ natural softness.Do one hot wash cycle with just the towels and vinegar. (NO detergent or fabric softener!)
  2. Baking Soda Boost: After the first wash cycle is complete, boost your detergent’s odor-fighting power by adding one cup of baking soda to the washed towels and do another full wash cycle. Baking soda not only helps eliminate odors but also acts as a softening agent, leaving your towels feeling plush and fresh.
  3. Sunshine Freshness: Harness the natural disinfecting power of sunlight by hanging your towels outside to dry. Sunlight not only helps kill bacteria but also imparts a fresh, outdoor scent to your towels. If outdoor drying isn’t feasible, use a dryer on the hottest setting.
  4. Regular Maintenance: To prevent future odors, establish a routine of proper towel care. Ensure towels are completely dry before folding and storing them. Avoid overloading the washing machine to allow adequate water circulation, and periodically clean your washing machine to prevent mold and mildew buildup.

Reviving smelly towels is an easy process that requires minimal effort but yields remarkable results. By incorporating these deep cleaning techniques into your laundry routine and adopting regular maintenance practices, you can ensure that your towels remain luxuriously fresh. Say goodbye to unpleasant odors and hello to the comforting embrace of clean and revitalized towels.

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