There’s nothing nicer than a fresh fluffy towel to wrap yourself in after a bath or shower. 

However, they can quickly become a little bit stinky due to a build up of bacteria that can occur for a umber of reasons.

  1. The towels aren’t hung up to dry after use – warm damp conditions are a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria.
  2. There’s a build up of laundry detergent / fabric conditioner which can attract dirt aed bacteria.
  3. Your washing machine needs a deep clean – washing machines can develop mould and bacteria if not cleaned regularly.
  4. Towels are left for too long in the machine after washing.
  5. Towels aren’t fully dried after washing before being put away.

How to Remove Musty Smells from Towels

If your towels are smelling a bit musty the first thing to do is to give them a deep clean to remove any bacteria and build up of detergent and fabric conditioner (if you use it).

To deep clean your towels you need to:

  1. Place your towels in the washing machine – don’t try a squeeze too many in.
  2. Use your normal eco friendly washing detergent
  3. Add 1 cup of Washing Soda (sodium carbonate) to the drum.
  4. Replace your fabric conditioner with ½ cup of White Vinegar.
  5. Wash on a hot wash.
  6. Before removing the towels to dry given them an extra rinse.
  7. Remove towels and dry thoroughly before putting them away.
How to Remove Musty Smells from Towels

How to Keep Your Towels Smelling Fresh

Once you’ve deep cleaned your towels it’s easy to make sure your towels always smell clean and fresh by following these simple steps:

  1. Hang your towels up after each use to dry.
  2. Wash towels after 3 uses.
  3. Clean your washing machine regularly with Bicarbonate of Soda and White Vinegar, check out my How To Blog.
  4. Ditch the fabric softener – fabric softener coats the fibres and can keep your towels from getting fully clean.

And we all love fluffy towels so if you line dry your towels give them a good shake to loosen the fibres before you hang them up. And, if you have a tumble dryer you can give them a few minutes in there with a couple of wool dryer balls for extra fluffiness.

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Hi, I’m Frankie. This is my blog (Thoroughly Modern Grandma) about blending old fashioned values with modern technology, whilst trying to reduce our waste and be a little kinder to our Planet.

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