A dead mouse is a disgusting find. You're not the first person who has had to deal with its ramifications, particularly the putrid smell it leaves behind. If a mouse finds its way into your linen closet and dies, your towels will probably reek. Fortunately, washing and drying the towels with a little bit of extra TLC should take care of that dead mouse smell for good.
Things You'll Need
- Laundry detergent
- Bleach, white vinegar or baking soda
Fill your washing machine with hot water. Thoroughly mix in your regular amount of laundry detergent plus 1 cup of bleach, white vinegar or baking soda. Caution: Do not use bleach with colored towels.
Stop the washer after it fills and add the stinky towels. Let the towels soak for at least 30 minutes.
Turn the washer back on and let it complete the wash, rinse and spin cycles.
Dry the towels in the dryer.
Launder the towels again if the odor persists. Use your laundry detergent plus a different additive -- bleach, vinegar or baking soda -- than the first time.
Dry the towels outdoors in full sunlight. Sunshine helps remove odors.
Tips & Warnings
- If the dead mouse smell lingers in the washing machine, run an empty load using hot water and 1 cup of bleach or vinegar.
- If the smell lingers in the dryer, wipe the inside down with a rag moistened with vinegar or a solutions of water and bleach. Leave the dryer door open while the solution dries.
- Do not mix vinegar and bleach The mixture can produce harmful vapors, according to Michigan State University Extension.
- Do not used bleach with colored towels, as it might cause them to fade.
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