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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cleaning Funky Towels

Over time, and with many washes, your bath towels will build up detergent and fabric softener residue, leaving them both unable to absorb as much water and smelling kinda funky when they do. Rather than give Target another lump sum, run them through the wash once with hot water and a cup of vinegar, then again with hot water and a half-cup of baking soda, as wikiHow suggests. That strips the residue from them, leaves them smelling fairly fresh again, and makes your post-shower experience a dryer one, at that. Photo by evelynishere .


  1. You should never use fabric softener on towels - it immediately cuts down on the absorbtion ability. Use vinegar in the rinse in place of fabric softener. I use vinegar instead of softener for all my laundry and it works great.

  2. You know, I never even thought about it, I just throw a dryer sheet in with every load I dry. I'll bet you are right. I'm going to try a couple of test runs without the dryer sheets.