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How to Get the Mildew Smell Out of Towels in 3 Steps!

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Do your towels stink after washing them? Mine used to smell awful too. I had to figure out how to get the mildew smell out of the towels!

I tried adding scented laundry beads and using scented dryer sheets, but those ideas only masked the mildew smell that lingered.

It didn’t matter what I tried, I still had stinky towels!

So then I started adding a cup of vinegar to the wash with every load of towels. That worked for a short while, but soon I noticed the smell coming back.

The vinegar wasn’t working.

Since becoming a mom I started using more natural cleaning products. A couple that I use are Borax and Super Washing Soda.

One day I read on the sides of both of these boxes that they help with odors in the laundry and that is when I discovered the secret to getting the mildew smell out of my towels!

How to get the mildew smell out of towels. If you are looking for a natural remedy for stinky towels, here's how to get the mildew smell out of towels in just a few simple steps!

How to Get Mildew Smell Out of Towels:

1. Make sure towels are completely dry.

Before you wash your towels make sure they are completely dry. It’s easy to throw a damp bath towel into the laundry basket, but that only makes it worse.

I have a few hooks on the wall in my laundry room for towels. As I sort the towels out from the rest of the laundry, I hang up any damp towels so that they dry before I wash them.

2. Add 1/2 cup of Super Washing Soda OR Borax to the towel load.

You don’t need both. Choose one.

I believe super washing soda (affiliate link) works the best, but if you don’t have it, Borax (affiliate link) works well too. Both of these natural cleaning products help eliminate odors and provide a cleaning boost to your laundry.

You’ll still need to use your regular laundry detergent. The Borax or washing soda is in addition to your detergent.

I like to order my Borax from Grove Collaborative (referral link), my favorite convenient online store for natural cleaning supplies.

But you can also find it at places like Target and Walmart or your local grocery store too. These boxes are sometimes hard to find, but look high and look low in your laundry cleaning section.

One note about these laundry boosters is if you use cold water like I do, you’ll want to make sure you keep them in an air tight container so they don’t clump up. That way they dissolve better in the wash.

3. Don’t overload the washer.

Last, remember the more towels you put in your washer, the less detergent and laundry booster to go around. I know how tempting it is to fill up your washer to the very top, but be sure to leave room for the towels to move around and get enough detergent.

If you are way behind on the laundry, be sure to read what to do with too much laundry.

I hope you have found this helpful as you get rid of the mildew smell from your towels!

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How to get the mildew smell out of towels. If you are looking for a natural remedy for stinky towels, here's how to get the mildew smell out of towels in just a few simple steps!

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