When it comes to laundry, I keep a pretty tight schedule that includes washing one load every weekday. I’ve had the same system for a few years, and it really works well for my family. On Monday I wash towels, on Tuesday I wash white clothes, Wednesday I do lights, Thursday I wash darks and on Friday I wash sheets.
Though I am happy with the laundry method that I use, I do have one small problem. The Goose has swim class after school on Tuesdays – which means that his damp towel ends up sitting in the basement for nearly a week before being washed.
In the past, I used to rewash the towels over and over, trying to remove the musty smell. And when that didn’t work, I’d cover up the smell with scented fabric softeners, laundry detergents and dryer sheets. It was a vicious cycle, and I knew there had to be a better way to combat stinky towels. And I was right.
How to Remove the Musty Smell from Towels
Getting rid of the damp, musty smell of towels that weren’t washed soon enough, or to simply freshen towels that are used frequently, is very simple.
First, set your washing machine on the hottest setting available. Add a small amount of detergent along with 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the water. Add the towels to the washing machine and wash and dry as you normally would.
Since learning this trick, I now add vinegar to every load of towels that I wash. Not only does the vinegar neutralize odors, but it also acts as a fabric softener. I call that a win-win situation.