Asked on Jul 28, 2015

Dish + face + bath towels

Dr. Frances RichardsShariFunnygirl


I wanted to know a brand of dish towels or face towels (bath towels) that doesn't have a very bad odor. I think the quality of the towels over the years has declined. I finds that I am throwing away lots of towels especially dish towels because after every use, they have a very bad odor. Question-what brand is better to avoid this problem and or what is a solution to this problem?
4 answers
  • Funnygirl
    on Jul 28, 2015

    I wonder if it is your water?they say if you add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the washer,takes odor out.Hope that helps!!

  • Dr. Frances Richards
    on Jul 28, 2015

    Thanks Funnygirl for your prompt response-I think you are right, in Vegas our water is very hard-I will try this-have a wonderful day!

  • Shari
    on Jul 29, 2015

    Most of the time, smelly towels are the result of using too much detergent and/or fabric softener. Too much detergent leaves a residue, especially with high-efficiency washers that use less water. If your water is extremely hard, that just adds to the problem. And fabric softener should never be used on towels as it coats towels with a thin layer of chemicals which makes them less absorbent. Fill your washer with the smelly towels, 1 generous cup of white vinegar and super hot water, and then run a full wash cycle. When the first wash has finished, add 1/2 cup of baking soda and super hot water, and wash the towels a second time. The white vinegar breaks up water mineral deposits and dissolves buildup, and baking soda neutralizes odors and dissolves dirt and grease. After the second wash, dry the towels thoroughly. Repeat this white vinegar/baking soda routine as many times as necessary to remove the odor. From then on, you can add white vinegar to every wash load of towels for an effective, natural and inexpensive fabric softener. White vinegar helps prevent further build-up, eliminates static, and makes towels softer. Remember though, it's important to reduce the amount of laundry detergent you are using and if you are using liquid detergent, it may not even be necessary to periodically use the white vinegar/baking soda treatment if you switch to powdered detergent. Liquid laundry products are full of animal fats/oils that contribute to buildup on the towel fibers. These animal fats/oils also coat the internal parts of our washers with a residue that holds moisture, making a perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew and funky washer smells. I'm really fussy about my expensive front load High Efficiency washer so I've never used any commercial liquid laundry detergent in it, ever! I've been using this homemade powdered detergent *recipe* for almost 3 years and love it so much that I can't ever foresee going back to store-bought laundry detergent, and certainly not a liquid product!

  • Dr. Frances Richards
    on Jul 29, 2015

    Thank you Shari for this information and about a year ago I purchased a front load efficiency washer (don't know if it is considered High Efficiency) and I wish I would have stay with my older washer. At in rate, I have been using liquid detergent-I thought that was the best for the front loader. I will take your advice-thanks a million!

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