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Even if I wash my towels a few times in a row, they still don't smell fresh

Any tips on getting towels to smell like new?

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Asked by slowyourrole at 10:46 PM on Dec. 26, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • Did you dry them in between washes? If they are forgotten in the wash, they mildew and just rewashing them won't work.

    Dry them and then wash them with a 1/2 cup of white vinegar along with your detergent.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 10:47 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

  • i hear that!! tide is advertising a washer cleaner that is supposed to clean your washer and help your clothes smell better. supposedly for a front loader. i am soooo trying it. i have also heard that if you thow some vinegar in an empty load can help.

    Answer by itzmyzoo at 10:48 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

  • Oh, and do you have a front load washer? If so, liquid fabric softener will cause a film on the drum. You will need to run the sanitizer in it.

    Vinegar is a natural fabric softener and also will keep your washer and hoses fresh.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 10:48 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

  • What detergent are you using? I love the Gain with Febreeze... Do the vinegar trick Jademom07 mentioned, dry, and wash again with just the detergent. Another thing is run an empty wash with a cup of vinegar... A lady I used to rent from did that twice a week. Every load was amazing!

    Answer by mrskrisher at 10:49 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

  • itzmyzoo...running vinegar with every load will do the same thing. just skip the fabric softener then you won't need to use the tide cleaner.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 10:50 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

  • I had to get one of those washer cleaners.. its a powder that you put in a washer full of water but no close and run it through a couple times... It helped ALOT.. It got all the gunk and junk that comes off your clothes when you wash them out of there

    Answer by momof241988 at 10:56 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

  • I bleach my towels to kill any germs. It also helps with odors.

    Answer by ohwrite at 10:58 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

  • Don't load too many into the washer at a time.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:08 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

  • I was using the store bought detergents but recently switched to a wellness company for our cleaning products, detergents, and other products. We had the same problem of smelly clothes and towels, however, since we have switched we use a lot less soap (I was going through a 96 load detergent of Tide container one a month; the same 96 load with the wellness company actually lasted us 3 months which has never happened before we switched). When washing our clothes/towels we pay less plus get more for our money.

    Answer by greensavvymama at 11:08 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

  • I found that if I leave my door ajar on my front loader when I'm not using it, that it stays fresh smelling! You might try that with all the other things mentioned above. I also found that powder detergents can wreck a washing machine faster than ever. The powder builds up around the edges of the machine and turns into a cement that can interfere with the machine's work. I only use liquid detergent because of this reason.

    Answer by MamaAlice54 at 11:20 PM on Dec. 26, 2010

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