Keeping Bath Towels Fresh Without Bleaching Them

February 2, 2013 Posted by admin

Imagine when you step out of the shower, fresh, clean and nice-smelling, and find only smelly towels to wrap yourself up in. Yuck! And it is quite usual situation. Thing is, when a wet towel or bath sheet hangs in a warm, moist bathroom, mold and mildew tend to grow in the fibers of the bathroom linen, causing a musty, stinky odor. One can fight the mold and mildew with some bleach, but while this removes the odor, bleaching can also remove color from your bath towels.

One way of avoiding such situations is using linen towels that are thin and dry instantly, but if linen towels or linen bathroom sheets are not the ones you like, luckily, there is a way to keep your towels fresh without bleaching. Follow these steps:

  • Place your bathroom linen pieces into a washing machine, fill it with hot water and add 2 glasses of white vinegar (although no detergent!). Allow the machine to go through the entire wash cycle.

  • Now set your washing machine to the beginning of the wash cycle again and add laundry detergent as usual. Fill the machine with hot water. Let the towels and bath sheets to go through another wash cycle.
  • Now add one glass of ammonia to the rinse cycle. It will kill any bacteria that remain after washing your towels with white vinegar.
  • If only possible, hang your towels to dry in the sunlight. Sunlight will wick out moisture immediately also inhibiting the growth of mold and mildew.
  • It’s also wise to spray your bathroom linen with an odor neutralizer after each bath or shower. The spray will prevent odor-causing bacteria growth without harming or irritating your skin.

If there is a possibility to dry your wet towels in the sunlight after each wash, this will radically reduce the appearance of any bacteria, mold and mildew. And no such a long process of keeping the towels fresh will be needed in the first place.


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