Recharge Your Towels

Recharge Your Towels | Get Inspired Everyday!

Recharge Your Towels | Get Inspired Everyday!

I came across this idea on Pinterest and I knew I had to try it! There comes a point in the life of a towel when it’s just not smelling quite right. No matter how much Clorox for colors I used, there was still an ‘off’ smell.

To the best of my knowledge the original source for this method is Wikihow.

‘Recharging’ your towels with vinegar and baking soda is right up my alley because they’re my two favorite household cleaners.

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It’s a really simple process:

1. Wash your towels with hot water and 1 cup of white vinegar, (don’t use any detergents or fabric softeners).

2. Run the towels for the second time with 1/2 cup baking soda and hot water, (again, no detergent or fabric softener).

3. Dry your towels on the hottest setting until thoroughly dry. You can also hang them outside in the sun for additional freshening.

If the ‘off’ smell persists, run through this method again. This time use 2 cups of vinegar and let the towels soak in the hot water – vinegar bath for a few hours before continuing with the process.

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Both vinegar and baking soda ‘strip’ the soap and fabric softener residue from your towels. Fabric softener in particular coats the fibers of your towels with chemical oils, making it difficult to get your towels truly clean. Vinegar not only strips residue, but it also acts as a fabric softener and it’s so much cheaper!

I’m really pleased with the results of washing my towels this way. They smell great, and as a bonus they’re also much softer!

One final note:

Do not mix the vinegar and baking soda in the same load because the two together cause a chemical reaction that foams which might cause your washing machine to overflow! Even though I’m a big fan of ‘two for one’, but in this case there are no shortcuts. Luckily the washing machine does all the work!

12 Comments on “Recharge Your Towels”

  1. Nicole

    This may be a silly question but I have a front loading washing machine. Do I put the vinegar in the detergent dispenser? I wish I still had a top loader because it’s so easy to add things to the wash water.
    Thanks!

    1. Kari

      It’s not a silly question at all! I don’t have a front loader myself, but my mother-in-law does and she puts her vinegar in the detergent dispenser – there’s a couple different compartments and she puts detergent in 1 and vinegar in another. She said it’s really helped keep her front loader from smelling which seems to be a common complaint. She also leaves both the detergent dispenser open, and the door cracked after she runs a load so that it can dry properly, (although that might not work well if you have children in the house). I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions. 🙂

  2. Susan

    Is this how I can clean even my soiled towels? I love this idea because I use vinegar and baking soda all the time in most cleaning jobs.

    1. Kari

      Baking soda and vinegar do a great job removing that musty bacteria smell that sometimes builds up in towels, but for dirt, stains, and such you’ll need a good detergent. I run my towels every week with detergent and a little vinegar, whenever they start to smell a little off then I run them with just the baking soda and vinegar and no detergent for that load. I hope this helps, if this doesn’t answer your question be sure to write me back with more details. 🙂

  3. Clementine

    It doesn’t make sense to mix the vinegar and baking soda in one load. With any basic chemistry knowledge, you’ll realize that the two will react to make mostly water anyway.

    1. Kari

      The post specifies that you runs 2 separate loads, the first one with vinegar and the second with baking soda. I have tried not running the second time with baking soda and there was a lingering vinegar scent in the towels, the baking soda load really helps the towels smell fresh again. I have tried adding both in 1 load at the same time and it does help freshen the towels but it doesn’t work nearly as well as separating the 2 ingredients in different loads which must be because of the chemistry you mentioned!

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