Most of towels currently smell like dirty foot... IDK why! I always hang them up after use so they dry properly, and they are frequently washed and hung straight on the line. I never put them in a drier; I prefer the sun to 'bleach' them so they get a really good dry.
Nevertheless, they smell and I want to change that. Will adding white vinegar to the wash help?
Is so, how much? And do I still add in washing powder?
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29-12-2011 11:17 #1
Will white vinegar help?
29-12-2011 11:21 #2
I always use vinegar as fabric softner when washing towels. When i had a top loader i use to add a splash to the load along with the washing powder as well.
I'm actually not sure if it still works odour-wise. My towels seem to have a bit of a stink to them as well. Might be because we haven't had that many overly sunny days?
29-12-2011 11:28 #3Senior Member
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Don't add to the washing powder - WP is an alkaline and V is an acid so become neautral when mixed
Add a dash (1/4 cup at most) vinegar to the rinse cycle, or into the conditioner inlet and it will freshen your clothes
*IF* the odour remains, add a few drops of tea tree oil to the rinse load
if the towels have all already been washed, don't rewash, just put through a rinse cycle with 1/2 cup vinegar
29-12-2011 11:41 #4Senior Member
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Have you tried using a fabric softener like comfort! The smell lasts for ages and makes linen smell really lovely
29-12-2011 11:45 #5
Noms, I soak my towels in Fiesta and hot water for a day or two if I think they need it and line dry - it works beautifully but not an environmentally friendly choice I agree!
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29-12-2011 11:48 #6
What's Fiesta? lol
29-12-2011 11:50 #7
It's a laundry soaker a bit like napisan I think.
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29-12-2011 12:22 #8
I use some dettol in the wash with my towels. Or tee tree or eucalyptus oil.
29-12-2011 12:31 #9Senior Member
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What about bicarb soda? I generally wash my nappies with a bit of bicarb and it keeps them smelling really fresh. Haven't used it with any other washing but I assume it would do the same thing?
29-12-2011 20:39 #10
If all else fails, try one cup bi-carb soda and three cups apple cider vinegar in the washing machine tub of water and leave to soak over night. Then wash as normal. That was able to get dead mouse smell out of all my clothes
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