Sunday, May 31, 2009

An old but good tip

Ever go to someone else's house and the towels for your shower just don't smell fresh? In fact, they smell a bit mildewed or moldy? Nobody likes a stinky towel, especially a guest.

It's a common problem because the bathroom is often so humid and poorly ventilated that the towels stay damp for a long period of time, giving them the tendency to mildew; especially in the deep South, where the ambient humidity is routinely above 50%.

So, what's a good host to do to knock out the stinky towel syndrome?

When washing your next load of towels, add a cup of white vinegar (and do NOT use any other kind!) to the prewash soap, and then use your normal soap in the wash cycle. It may take a couple of washings using this regimen, but the odor will vanish like magic. You will be happy and so will your guests; unless, of course, you don't use softener and your towels feel like sandpaper. For shame.

White vinegar will not harm colors and, used in prewash, will leave no scent on your clothes.


At 11:21 AM, June 01, 2009, Blogger Pua; Bakin' and Tendin' Bar said...

Oh my goodness! In Hawai'i, this is a VERY big problem. In fact, if we ever have that problem here in California..which isn't too often, I'll hear "Hey Mommy, our towels smell like Hawai'i bathroom!" And I rush to pull out the vinegar bottle! You're right. Works beautifully.

At 8:38 PM, June 01, 2009, Blogger Jess said...

Yeah, but if you use red wine vinegar, you get more interesting results! *snicker*


At 11:59 AM, June 07, 2009, Blogger ATG said...

That is way more environmentally friendly that what I do. I dissolve a cap full of bleach into a cup of water and add it to the washer before throwing in the towels. The teaspoon of bleach doesn't do anything to the color if you dilute it and it takes away that funky smell.

I'm going to try the vinegar next time.


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