A Simple Solution For Better Smelling, More Absorbent Towels. Over time, your bath towels will build up detergent and fabric softener residue. This not only attracts SMELLY mildew, it can essentially “waterproof” your towels. If water can’t get into the fabric to clean it, the towel won’t BE or SMELL clean. The GOOD news is that there is a very simple solution for getting rid of the build-up (and thus the SMELL)!
Get rid of stinky, mildew towels. I love this recipe! My towels are so soft and clean smelling! So glad I found this, I was just about to throw out all of my towels and buy new because no matter how many times I washed them, they still stunk! I gave this a try and voila! My towels smell fresh and clean!
Wash your towels in hot water with a cup of vinegar, and then run again in hot water with a half-cup of baking soda. That will strip your towels from all of that residue and mildew smell and will actually leave them feeling fluffy and smelling fresh. ***Do not add laundry detergent to either wash. Just once with vinegar and once with baking soda. *** This trick also works well with wet bathing suits that were left to dry.