If you notice that your towels are getting musty, with a moldy odor, then you should do something quickly. This specific moldy smell is caused by bacteria which is not healthy. That’s because towels are the most breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria and there are a lot of reasons for this. Thus, keep reading this article and what causes stinky and smelly towels. More importantly, you should also learn how to get rid of odor-causing smelly towels naturally, with a safe guide.
Thus, what causes your smelly towels to stink like that? Well, the cause of the problem comes from different sources, such as:
– leaving the towel too long in the washer too long.
– your towel is constantly slightly damp
– there might be detergent build-up due to not thoroughly rinsing.
– there might be fabric softener residues that trap dirt and bacteria in your towel.
Thus, as you can see, the main problem comes from the washing machine and the way you wash your towels. Hence, let’s see a safe guide to get rid of this odor-causing bacteria so you can have your towels fresh and clean:
1. First off, clean the washing machine.
Thus, you need to run a cycle of an empty load using white vinegar so you can disinfect the washing machine’s interior. Hence, set the washer to the hottest temperature, highest capacity, and longest cycle and make sure you select the options for bleach, the fabric softener, and extra rinsing.
Now, fill each of the dispensers by adding 3 cups of white vinegar to the wash tub. After the wash cycle has run for about 15 minutes, stop the machine. Then, with a rag, start wiping down the machine with white vinegar and after 10 minutes, close the lid and allow the wash cycle to finish.
Also, don’t forget to wipe the rubber seal too. It is the place that often harbors the bacteria. To prevent this, make sure you also dry the seal thoroughly. After the cycle is complete, leave the lid of the machine open to make sure it air-dries completely.
2. Clean the dryer.
Again, using a soft rag, it is time to clean the dryer’s interior. Thus, prepare a mixture of half white vinegar and half lukewarm water to wipe out the inside and outside of your dryer. Also, make sure to remove the lint that might be trapped in there and vacuum it. Then, proceed with scrubbing it clean using dish soap and a soft brush. Just as the washing machine, allow the lint trap to air-dry before releasing.
3. Deep cleaning your towels.
The last step is to deep clean your towels. For this, you will need to wash a load of 3-4 towels in hot water on the longest setting with an extra rinse. You can safely use your regular detergent but make sure you also add a cup of baking soda. For the first rinse cycle, you should add 1 cup of white vinegar.
Then, simply remove the towels as soon as the washer stops and dry them on the hottest cycle, making sure they are completely dry. Moreover, if you live in a humid climate, you should take them out of the washing machine as soon as they are completely washed and air-dry them. It is sometimes best to do so first time trying to get rid of the musty smell.