Bath Towels


Do you remember the horrible odour you get when you open a towel (or even clothing) cupboard that has been closed for far too long? That nasty, mildewy odour you can’t seem to get rid of? Many of us are guilty of it. Humidity, wetness, or heat are the causes of that noxious odour.  Mold and mildew may grow deep inside the structure of towels, and poor cleaning and drying can cause your materials to stink over time (and inside small, crowded cabinets and drawers that get too little aeration).

Let’s look at how to get rid of a sour odour from towels and bathrobes now. But, most importantly, we’ll look at ways to avoid the terrible odour from reappearing!

Part 1 – Preparation – How to Remove Sour Smell from Towels

Before you begin dealing with the sour odour of your towels or bathrobes, you must first consider if you cleaned your linens properly. 

If you’re still using it to wash your bath towels, think about changing your whole washing routine. The same can be said about bathrobes, particularly the thick, cosy fleece or terry bathrobes that you like in the winter.

Now that we’ve clarified matters a little, let’s look at how to get the stinky towels ready for a makeover:

The gently scented towels may be thrown into the washing machine right away. A pre-wash treatment may be required for the ones that have a bad odour. Here’s how to go about it:

Fill a big plastic basin with 1 cup of baking soda and hot (boiling) water. Allow the potatoes to soak for at least an hour, then squeeze, spin, and agitate them to allow the sodium bicarbonate to do its job of neutralising smells and dissolving dirt and oil.

After about an hour of this treatment, wring the towels out and place them in the washing machine, where they will be cleaned according to the following guidelines.

Part 2 – Washing Machine – How to Remove Sour Smell from Towels

After you’ve placed the towels in the washing machine, the first thing you should do is raise the temperature to the highest setting your machine permits (or the items can handle).

Carefully read the instructions on your towels or bathrobes to determine the hottest temperature you may use;

You’ll need the hottest water you can get to get rid of the stink and germs.

Set the washing machine’s heavy-duty cycle to the longest available. This programme was created specifically to address challenges like these.

  • Use liquid detergent instead of powder since it rinses off easier.
  • Allow the machine to complete its lengthy heavy-duty cycle.
  • Fill the detergent dispenser with 2 cups white wine vinegar and set the washing machine to a shorter cycle (but keep the temperature as high as possible); let the cycle finish.
  • To conclude, run the machine through a rinse cycle to remove any traces of detergent and baking soda, as well as the vinegar odour.

How to get rid of the sour smell from huge towels

Overloading the washing machine is one issue that might cause towels to smell foul. Even if you wash them properly, detergent and overcrowding can cause odours to develop over time.

Wash one or two big bath sheets at a time to allow for complete heavy-duty cleaning and to eliminate the sour smell of troublesome towels.

Similarly, if one of your favourite thick terry velour hooded winter bathrobes develops a bad odour, wash it by itself in the washing machine; it may appear to be a waste of water and energy to clean one item at a time, but it will save you time and energy in the long run.

You will ensure that the odour is completely removed from the cloth.

Part 3 – Drying – How to Remove Sour Smell from Towels

One of the most common reasons for stinky towels and bathrobes is insufficient drying. Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind while washing towels and robes:

Remove towels, robes, linens, and clothing from the washing machine as soon as possible;

If you just treated stinky towels, be sure to hang them to dry in the fresh air and sun.

Get a portable clothesline if there isn’t one in your yard or on your apartment balcony. Place it in a well-ventilated area so that your towels may get as much fresh air as possible.

Some people are unable to dry their clothes in open areas. =

When hanging towels on a clothesline, make sure they are properly stretched and have adequate room (no creases or stacking); one line is plenty for a large bath towel or beach towels.

A word of caution: as previously said, repeat the washing machine operation before drying the towels. Heat can set-in odours and stains, which you’ll have to remove separately from towels afterwards. As frightening as it may appear, persistent towel odours may need 2-3 washing cycles (rinsing with baking soda and vinegar) before the clothes are useable again.