In this post: How to get the smell out of towels in 3 easy steps using just regular household ingredients, no harsh chemicals and no soap.


Ew! There’s nothing worse than hopping out of the shower and grabbing a towel to dry off, only to find out that the towel smells bad. But wait, didn’t you just take that towel out of the clean laundry? What gives?

Unfortunately over time, even with frequent washing, towels can get smelly. It can happen to all the towels – dish towels, tea towels, hand towels and bath towels too! Even face cloths can succumb to the stank!

So how to you get the smell out of towels so that you don’t have to go and buy new ones? Believe it or not it’s easier than you think!

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How to Get the Smell Out of Towels in 3 Easy Steps

clean stinky towels (c) Can Stock Photo / Magone

To remove the smell from stinky towels, no matter which type of washer you have, you simply follow three steps:

  1. Place towels into washing machine. Add 1 cup of white vinegar. Run for one regular cycle. 
  2. Leave towels in washing machine. Add 1 cup of baking soda. Run again for a regular cycle. 
  3. Dry thoroughly in the dryer. (We use natural wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets or fabric softener.)

Do NOT mix the baking soda and vinegar into the same load thinking you’ll save a step. You will be most disappointed when instead you end up with a frothy volcano erupting from your washing machine!

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(c) Can Stock Photo / Sandralise

It’s really that simple.

You don’t need to keep using stinky towels and you don’t need to go out and buy new ones if yours are smelly. Just follow our three simple steps for how to get the smell out of towels and you’ll be happy as a clam once again!

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