Drying off with a fluffy, fresh-smelling towel is one of life’s simple pleasures. But sometimes our towels take on a not-so-fun fragrance, leaving us wondering if it would be better just to air dry. Follow our simple tips to prevent your towels from getting foul.
1. Never let your towels sit in the wash. The minute they are done washing, put them in the dryer. Even a few minutes of extra dampness can encourage bacteria and mildew growth.
2. What’s that lump on the floor? Unless you’re drying up after a flood, there is no reason your towel ever touch the ground. Like your mother told you a thousand times: If you drop your towels in a wad after using them, they will never dry properly. Take the extra two seconds and hang your towel.
3. Wash more often. Wash your towels every two to three days to keep them in optimal freshness. (Yes, we’re talking to you, person who only washes their towel once a week—gasp!) Once you’ve folded your towels, stick an unwrapped bar soap in between the folds for easy (and affordable) aromatherapy.
4. Vinegar cure-all. Is there anything vinegar can’t do? If your towels have a noticeable mildew smell, you can replace the detergent with vinegar and let the full hot—and we mean hot—water cycle run. Then wash again with your favorite detergent. We love Vaska for its lavender scent and environmental friendliness.
5. Keep your washing machine clean. Wash your machine a couple of times a year. If you have a front-loading washer, leave the door open when you’re not using it in order to prevent mold growth.
6. Line dry. When in comes to homekeeping, sometimes the old-fashioned methods are best. Hang your towels on the line and let the sunshine and wind freshen them for you.
How do you keep your towels smelling fresh and so clean?