How do I get my towels not to smell ?They smell sour after I wash them

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  • Zest it Up Zest it Up on Aug 17, 2018

    This might be an issue with the washing machine! Try adding 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of distilled white vinegar (along with your laundry detergent) to the load. This will help clean out the washing machine AND add fluffiness back to your towels. You can also try adding essential oils to the washing machine. I personally add lavender oil to my towels and bedding when I wash them. Hope this helps!!

  • Cindy McDaniel Cindy McDaniel on Aug 17, 2018

    Hope this helps out !

  • Gk Gk on Aug 17, 2018

    Put some vinegar in your rinse water. Liquid fabric softener also makes them smell better. I have some older towels that don't smell good any more no matter what I do. Bought some new ones today! Lots of Back to School sales--towels are always on sale right before school starts--all those college kids leaving home who need towels!

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Aug 17, 2018

    This is to clear problems and should not be used all the time. Run them through vinegar wash 2-3 cups per load. It's also good for killing any odor causes in washer. Use little or NO softener in dryer. Sometimes towels get over softened. Cut back on softener use. Hang on line if you have one. Maybe add a sachet to linen closet.

  • For starters, clean your washing machine.


    https://www.consumerreports.org/washing-machines/how-to-clean-your-washing-machine/


    https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-a-top-loading-washing-machine-apartment-therapy-tutorials-184296


    Rethink using fabric softener and dryer sheets. All those chemicals coat your fabrics, especially towels and make them stink and lose their fluffiness and absorption.


    Try using white vinegar in place of fabric softener and felted wool dryer balls in the dryer. Once you run your laundry through a few times, you will notice a difference. Your linens will be soft and fresh. The rest of your clothes will turn out nicer too.


    I stumbled over this method 11 or 12 years ago when my puppy had severe allergies. She couldn't even tolerate Draft detergent. So I had to find an organic way to do laundry for her and I switched the entire household over and have never been happier. Plus it costs much less money than having to purchase all those products.