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How to Freshen Bad Smelling Towels

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By Jennifer

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My towels make my skin smells sour after washing them even though the towels don't stink how can I get rid of the smell

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I am a disabled mother of two. I wash laundry often and do several loads of towels a week. When I dry off after a shower and my skin smells sour. When I checked the towels they still just smell like clean towels. I've also had several other people tell me they have the same problem, but no one seems to know how to solve the problem. thanks for your help.

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  • I have tried oxy clean and I've tried bleach

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Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

The key to keeping your towels smelling fresh is to clean your washer! If your washer is not clean, some of the foul-smelling residue can redeposit on thick fabrics like towels. Follow these tips on how to clean your washer.

Once your washer is clean, be sure to wash towels with hot water and add 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle. This will help remove any leftover detergent residue and soften your towels.

Good luck!

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