How to Get Mildew Out of Towels Using Vinegar


Many teenagers and busy adults take a quick shower and throw the damp towel on the floor or in a laundry basket. The result is a balled-up towel that does not dry properly and takes on a funky odor. This smell is mildew, which -- although unpleasant -- does not mean the towel must be tossed into the trash. The use of white vinegar in the washing machine safely and effectively removes the unwanted mildew and odor from towels.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup phosphate-free liquid laundry soap
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Scented dryer sheets
  • Place the towels in the washing machine. Wash the towels separately from other types of clothing to avoid transferring the mildew smell.

  • Pour 1/2 cup phosphate-free liquid laundry soap into the machine.

  • Turn the washing machine's water temperature to "hot" to kill any bacteria and mildew.

  • Open the washing machine when it reaches the final rinse cycle. Add 1 cup white vinegar to the machine.

  • Remove the towels and place them in the dryer. Use scented dryer sheets to remove any lingering odors and to give the towels a fresh scent.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can hang the towels outside to dry in the sun. The sun and wind will remove any remaining odors.

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