OK, I had read about his process for freshening bath towels using vinegar on several sites, and it seemed pretty far-fetched to me. This weekend, as I was putting a load of towels in the wash, I decided to give it a try. I have a HE top loading washer so I added about 1 1/2 cups of white vinegar and washed in the hottest water possible. One challenge I have is that I have a high-capacity washer, but not a high-capacity dryer. Don’t ask me how that happened! It can take an entire afternoon to dry a load of towels, so although the instructions said to dry thoroughly in the dryer before hanging outside – I only dried about 50%. One good thing about living the in desert is that clothes hung outside can dry in a matter of minutes. It has been 104-106 degrees this week, so imagine how fast my wet towels dried!
Once the towels were dry, I put them to “the sniffer test”. I sniffed one stack of towels I already had clean and then a load of clothes done in vinegar before washing….there was a HUGE difference! I never noticed the musty smell of my towels before I smelled a really clean load. Try it next time you are doing laundry!
To freshen towels:
- Add 1 cup of white vinegar to your load of towels and wash with the hottest water possible – do not use any detergent or softener
- Once the cycle is complete, wash your towels as usual, using the hottest water
- Dry thoroughly in the dryer
- Hand outside in the sunshine for the afternoon – this is an important step!
- Fold your towels and administer the sniffer test!