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stinky washcloth

After washing dishes or wiping stuff down i wash my washclothes and they still stink,they have like a musty smell to them,i dont get it.Anyone else have that problem or know how to fix it?

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Asked by proudmom34 at 8:37 PM on Jan. 25, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • Try adding bleach to the water?

    Answer by QandA at 8:39 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • You can add some baking soda or vinegar to your laundry when you wash them. Either of these two really cuts out any type of odors, cigarettes, mildew, etc.

    Answer by m-avi at 8:41 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • If you put the cloth in the microwave for 2 minutes it will kill the bacteria and should take away the smell. But make sure it's wet!!! Otherwise, you could start a fire!

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:44 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • wash clothes or sponges should be nuked daily wet, at least 1 min.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 8:46 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • *cloths

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 8:46 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • bleach water, or vinegar/baking soda in the wash. I also suggest (as others did above me) to nuke the wet cloth for at least 1 min-- kills bacteria.

    Answer by christaberk at 8:59 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • All of my washcloths and towels get stinky like that from time to time. So I add some Lysol all purpose cleaner in the washer on hot water setting and let it soak. Then run it through an extra wash just because I don't like the smell of the cleaner. But it does get the stink out without having to use bleach. I've also used baking soda, but I have to use a lot of it, like 3 cups per load to be effective. I don't know if everyone has to use that much, maybe I just have extra stinky cloths.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:06 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • i know tooooo many people who dont bleach their towels. ALL towels should be washed with hot water, bleach, and detergent. and you don't need much bleach... maybe 1/4 c for a load. not much especially if you have colored towels (i do and i have yet to ruin them). otehrwise try adding vinegar. that should do it (about 1 c per load)

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 9:17 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • Vinegar in the laundry does wonders. I don't bleach mine because olf the colors, but the vinegar takes that musty smell right out. Also DRY your clothes very thoroughly.

    Answer by CoCoMom89 at 9:44 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • i think i used washing soda and vinegar...i had this problem a long time ago when my dryer quit working.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 9:48 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

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