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How do I get the musty odor from towels?

I did a long hard, hot wash and even then when I went to put them in the dryer ( right away!) They STILL had that Funky smell. I am washing again now in Baking soda and have added white vinager to the rinse. Hope that works!


Asked by chefjen at 1:13 PM on Nov. 17, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • Chefjen - we get that hear sometimes too, but it seems to go away after a few more washes. i think it could be the water, not the towels. I think the water has a higher concentration of some mold or something at a certain time of year and it stinks. It always seem to be the towels because we get them wet alot. I think the clothes would do it too if we made a habit of getting them wet.

    The sun really will help alot. Maybe you will get a bit tomorrow.

    Answer by at 9:40 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • Put them out in the sun to dry.

    Answer by older at 1:15 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • Coud be a little mildew, moldy bacteria,etc. so I would put a little bleach in the water ,then make sure they are totrally dry. When towels stay damp for 24 hours or more,lying in a pile on the bathroom floor, for example,the bacteria grows and mold forms ---that is the funky smell. Bleach kills that stuff. Not too much--maybe a 1/4 of a cup?A few tablespoons?

    Answer by kerp1960 at 1:19 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • No sun now in Michigan- The towels are colored.- Can't use chlorine bleach.

    Comment by chefjen (original poster) at 1:21 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • The vinegar and baking soda should help a lot. Place them in the sun to dry and let them stay outside for a few hours. That will help tremendously.

    Answer by duckigrrl at 1:21 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • Use tide with bleach for colors

    Answer by mommyg24 at 3:33 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • Use fabric softener and dryer sheets

    Answer by mommyg24 at 3:33 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • Great question, I have the same problem. lol. I have to try the vinegar and baking soda. Thanks

    Answer by bratgirln1 at 3:34 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • frustratedwell- I did all of the above and washed them 3 times in a row- they STILL stink


    Comment by chefjen (original poster) at 6:58 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • Use Vinegar! Seriously it does a lot of wonders!! use it with your detergent!

    Answer by staceybelly9 at 8:00 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

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