How To Refresh Not-So-Fresh Towels
Every so often, we notice that our towels get a little less crisp and fresh smelling than we would like. It's normal, particularly in small bathrooms, with minimal air circulation which inhibits complete dryage, to find that once through the washing machine doesn't quite cure the scent and restore towels to that fresh, clean, hotel-style goodness.
First thing's first. What is that musty scent, you ask? It's bacteria friends, and the only way to rid your towels of the scent is to kill the bacteria, rather than cover it up, say, via dryer sheets. If you've buried your nose in fresh-from-the-dryer warm goodness only to find the musty smell return after one use, the bacteria is still there. Gross. We've perfected this four-step process to killing the bacteria and restoring our towels to real clean.
• Spritz towels with a white vinegar/water solution. If you've been using this to clean your house, you no doubt have it on hand already.
• Put towels in washing machine and add 1 cup of baking soda, which will help kill the bacteria.
• Wash in hot water, no matter what color they are.
• Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar during the rinse cycle.
If this, savvy friends, does not restore towels to their original state of pure-scented perfection, repeat the process and if THAT doesn't work, it may be time to relegate those towels to another purpose and replace them.