HACK: 2 Ingredients to fix funky towels

You know how your favorite bath towels can get that “funky towel smell”?

Well it’s not because of lack of washing, but actually a result of  build up from laundry detergent and fabric softener. Not only does it give the towels a ‘smell’, but it also leaves the towels unable to absorb as much water as they once did.

Rather than running into your favorite retail store and stocking up on new towels, try this simple at home remedy first.

All you need: Vinegar and baking soda!

Run your towels though the washing machine twice using hot water and NO detergent or fabric softener. The first time add one cup of vinegar and the second time around, add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of baking soda.

The idea is to strip the residue from the towels.

I’ve used this recipe a few times throughout the years. The first time was in 2012 when I had a stack of old towels my parents gave me to use as rags. Aside from the ‘stiffened’ material and ‘old’ smell, I mean, they were nice towels! So instead of using them to dry off the dog on rainy days, I decided to keep only one towel for that and give this recipe a shot. 

I was pleasantly surprised. Years later, I tried it again this week for towels that my son likes to leave on the floor balled up and yes, it worked on those too!

So there you have it. A simple two-ingredient recipe that could potentially save you a ton of money! 

Have you ever tried anything like this before?

8 comments on “Two Household Staples that will Fix Funky Towels!”

  1. Vinegar, although a weak acid, is actually bad for your washing machine in the long run. It will eat at the rubber hoses and gaskets and shorten their lifespan. This probably won’t happen overnight, but continual use will cause problems.

    • Thanks for the heads up! I was thinking about using it once a year or less, just for towels. But it is a good thing for everyone to keep in mind. 🙂

  2. Vinegar, although a weak acid, is actually bad for your washing machine in the long run. It will eat at the rubber hoses and gaskets and shorten their lifespan. This probably won’t happen overnight, but continual use will cause problems.

    • Thanks for the heads up! I was thinking about using it once a year or less, just for towels. But it is a good thing for everyone to keep in mind. 🙂

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