Table of Contents:
1. Vinegar Method
2. Borax Method
3. Bleach Method
4. Using Commercial Products
5. Additional Tips and Ideas

Kitchen towels are exposed to all kinds of food, liquids and other things we wipe off our hands as we pass through one of the busiest rooms in our homes. All of these different items combined on one towel will no doubt also lead to mildew growth. There are several ways to remove this “kitchen odor” from your towels and dishcloths. Find one below that works for you.
Vinegar Method

You Will Need:
• Vinegar
• Baking soda
• Laundry detergent

Steps to Remove the Smell:

1. Fill the washing machine as usual with the smelly towels and laundry detergent.
2. Add a cup of white vinegar or baking soda to the water.
3. Allow the machine to start washing and agitate until all of the detergent, vinegar and baking soda have been thoroughly incorporated. Pause the cycle and allow the laundry to soak for at least an hour. Overnight is even better for really stinky towels.
4. Once the towels have soaked, restart the cycle and allow it to finish.
5. Repeat if necessary.
6. Once the odor is removed, dry as normal.
7. This vinegar method will need to be repeated monthly to keep the towels odor free.
8. Some use a small amount (1/4 cup) of vinegar in every wash cycle to keep all kinds of odors away.

Borax Method

You Will Need:
• Borax
• Baking soda

Steps to Remove the Smell:
1. Fill the washing machine as usual with the clothing.
2. Instead of adding laundry detergent, add equal parts of borax and baking soda.
3. Run the wash and rinse cycles as normal.
Bleach Method
Though many would not dare to place bleach in their load of colored laundry, it can be safe in small amounts. This method uses a small amount of bleach mixed in with a large amount of water. Do not allow the clothes to soak, simply run them through the wash cycle. If you are unsure, test it with a load of towels that are almost past their prime anyways.
You Will Need:
• Bleach
Steps to Remove the Smell:
1. We all know that germs and bacteria cause smells, and the number one killer of germs is bleach.
2. Fill the washing machine with water and detergent.
3. Add a couple of tablespoons of bleach.
4. Allow the washer to agitate for a few minutes to thoroughly mix the bleach in with the water.
5. Add the smelly towels to the mix.
6. Complete the wash cycle as normal.
Using Commercial Products
There are many commercial products available that are designed to remove unwanted odors from clothing and laundry. Here are two products that can be added to the wash cycle or used on their own.
You Will Need:
• Bac Out
• OxiClean
Steps to Remove the Smell:
1. If the smell is lingering, fill a tub or large bucket with water.
2. Add the chosen product. To determine the amount needed, follow the package guidelines.
3. Place the affected towels into the tub or bucket.
4. Allow them to soak several hours to overnight.
5. Remove and wash in the washing machine.
6. Vinegar can be added to the wash cycle as detailed in the first cleaning method above for an additional cleaning boost.
Additional Tips and Ideas
• Use antibacterial dish soap instead of laundry detergent. This will help to fight the germs with a soap that is designed to remove food residue and germs.
• Sometimes after months of mildew and germs, towels just need to be replaced. Toss out the old and introduce some new fresh towels into your kitchen.
• Replace towels and dishcloths daily to keep mildew and odors from building up.
• Never allow towels and dishcloths to stay crumpled up. Always hang them to give them a chance to dry and keep the air circulating between uses.
• For specific detergents designed to remove odors, check the hunting department at your local store. There are special detergents designed to remove all odors from the laundry so that animals are not aware of the hunter’s presence. These same soaps can be used to remove unwanted smells from laundry.
• Smelly Washer is available online and can be used to remove odors from both your clothing as well as the machine.
• When you’re done, make yourself a towel crab to patrol your counters!

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