Monday, July 06, 2009

Question of the Day.

How do I get that underlying smell out of my towels? You know, that musty, moldy smell that's perfumed by detergent, but not quite enough? I can't stand it.

14 comments:

Jeni said...

Bleach. I hate that smell, too. I pour about 1/4 cup of bleach in with my load of towels, sometimes more (even with colored towels). Just pour it in with the water and detergent and then put the towels in after it's diluted a bit. Works for me.

Melia said...

Bleach here too. It is a must with the towels. Good luck.

Kim said...

Welcome to Florida- where nothing ever dries. I must say I enjoy being able to leave my clothes in the washer for an extra hour with no worries of that mildew smell. I hate how the smell gets on your hands and no amount of washing will take it away.

I would use the bleach if I were you.

kevin said...

buy new towels?

Katherine said...

I was just wondering the SAME thing today when I got out of the shower!!! I put like a billion dryer sheets in with everything now in fear that the smell is going to get on everything.

{Erica} said...

Febreeze....it's the special kind that goes in the washer...I HATE the smell of febreeze but the one that is made for this exact problem or if your husband works in an Italian restaraunt and comes home smelling like lasagna...anyway...try it. It's in the landry detergent aisle - purple bottle.

Lillie said...

VINEGAR! I know it seems almost backwards.. but I always leave my load in the washer too long so it gets that mildew smell. Only I don't notice it 'till it's dry and on my body in the heat, which so kindly brings it out. Well my front just let me in on the secret. Throw in a quarter cup or so of white distilled vinegar (I just keep some in my laundry room now.. I throw it in when I know I've left something a little long and I'm gonna run it again, and we all know just running again doesn't cut it by then.) Swear it works. I learned it from my friend with a family beach house who keep vinegar in the beach-house laundry room since so many things get mildewy.

Phew. Can you tell I was excited to have a new answer?

Lindsey said...

Ya my good friend uses vinegar too but she said that for hers, she didn't add it till the rinse cycle. When she added it at the beginning, it didn't work, but adding it during the rinse cycle did? I have yet to try it but I figure if you have to work that hard at something, it better work.

Jessie said...

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Joyful Noise said...

Definetly use vinegar. It is cheap and works wonders.

Debbie Nowland

Joyful Noise said...

Definetly use vinegar. It is cheap and works wonders.

Debbie Nowland

Rachel Brown said...

oxyclean works for me.

Carrie and Jeff said...

Jeff told me once that that is how his towels always were when he lived in Florida. So, I think it's a Florida thing.

Celeste said...

Vinegar... lots of vinegar.