Towels are what should give you an added feeling of cleanliness and freshness after taking a shower or bath. Unfortunately if your towels smell sour or musty you may start to feel unclean again.
The following methods can help to ensure that your towels are clean, fresh, and smelling good.
1. After using your towel hang it up to dry even if it is going to be laundered the next day. If towels are thrown and left in a tub, floor, or laundry basket then bacteria will breed.
2. Ensure that the washing machine itself is clean. Take a whiff inside. If you catch any unpleasant odors then it is better to tackle that issue first. Once a month run a cleaning cycle on hot water and add half a cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar. The combination of baking soda and vinegar will break down grease or dirt particles that may be trapped as well as keep hoses clean. You can run a cleaning cycle once every two months or more frequently if you are washing heavily soiled loads.
4. Avoid using fabric softener. Fabric softener will cover up some of the odors however it can also trap odors which will linger over time. Instead pour half a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle.
6. Hang towels out to dry in the sun or in a dryer set on high heat. Ensure that towels are completely dry before folding and storing them. Even a small spot of dampness can turn into a breeding ground.
What do you do to keep your towels clean and smelling fresh?