I have huge trouble in the winter drying some of the heavier items i wash. I dont own a tumble dryer and am extremely frugal when it comes to turning the heating on. I still put my washing on the line outside but i nearly always end up with a little bit of a damp smell because ive been unable to dry them thoroughly.
I didn't want to that to happen again this year. Like my bedding, i like soft, fluffy, summer smelling towels, to cuddle me when ive jumped out of the shower. This tip i found while browsing printerest and so far it has worked!
All it needs is 2 simple ingredients, both of which can be found in most households. Chemical free and cheap!
- White vinegar
- Baking soda (if needing a second wash)
How to remove the smell:
Step 1 - Wash your towels on a hot cycle. Leave the detergent and fabric softener out. Add 1 cup of white vinegar instead.
Step 2 - Wash again using normal detergent - fabric softener isn't needed.
Step 3 - Dry thoroughly.
If still abit damp smelling, you can repeat step 1, using 1/2 cup baking soda (with NO vinegar)
I personally find that running my machine on a wash with vinegar, cleans it up and keeps it smelling nice. I do not find the vinegar smell too over powering but if you find that it is, just adjust the amount of vinegar you use.
If you wish to skip all of the above, just ensure that towels are completely dry to avoid the mildew smell left in damp items.