Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Bringing Towels Back to Life

Everyone has towels that need refreshing. Towels, by nature are used to absorb water, whether they are bath towels, beach towels, hand towels, or dish towels. Because they get wet, they offer bacteria a place to harbor, and if it does, the towel can start to smell musty. So, if the towel is left on the floor, in a gym bag, in the dryer, or even in a humid room, it can start to smell musty, which is the bacteria thriving. It's hard to get the clean smell back, but it is possible.
Before giving up on ever getting a clean smell back, try these tips:

BASIC REFRESHER - use this when you first notice the off smell, or for mildly musty towels:
Place towels in the washing machine, set the water temperature to HOT, add 1 cup white vinegar and run the wash cycle. When cycle is complete, wash towels with detergent and then dry immediately, either in the dryer or hanging on a line to dry.

DESPERATELY NEEDING REFRESHING - use this for musty towels:
Run first wash in machine with HOT water, with 1 cup white vinegar.
When the cycle ends, run a second cycle on HOT with 1/2 cup baking soda.
When cycle ends, wash with detergent and dry immediately in dryer or on clothes line

LAST CHANCE AT REVIVING TOWELS - wash no more than 3 bath towels in a load
Run first wash in machine with HOT water, with 1 cup white vinegar.
When the cycle ends, run a second cycle on HOT with 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup EPSON salts, 10 drops Tea Tree oil
When cycle ends, wash with detergent and dry immediately in dryer or on clothes line

To keep towels smelling clean, be sure to keep them dry between uses and allow them to dry immediately after using or washing. Wash towels after 3 uses at most. Do not store towels in plastic bags or bins if there is a chance of moisture being trapped.

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