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No matter what you spilled on your clothes or furnishings, we can tell you how to get it out.
You Will Need
- Washing machine
- Laundry detergent
- 1 c. white vinegar
- Liquid chlorine bleach
- Clothesline (optional)
Separate your towels according to their odor level. Check the truly stinky ones for obvious stains and pre-treat them with laundry detergent. Select the hot water cycle on your machine and loosely fill the the machine with towels.
Add cleaning products
Add laundry detergent, along with a cup of white vinegar. Let the washer agitate for a few minutes and then turn off the machine. Allow the towels to soak for at least an hour.
Use alternate cleaning agents
Add equal parts borax and baking soda or a few tablespoons of bleach -- even for dark towels -- to the washing machine. Allow the towels to soak in the mixture for at least an hour before completing the wash cycle.
Remove towels quickly
Remove your towels from the washer and get them into the dryer as soon as the wash cycle is finished. Keeping towels in a damp washing machine for too long allows mold and bacteria to grow, which can cause those funky odors.
Dry on high heat
Select the highest heat setting on your dryer to avoid potential mold and bacteria growth. Be sure you don't overload the dryer, and make sure the towels are completely dry before removing them. Then take a big whiff of your clean, fresh towels.