For a while now, we've had problems with our towels - they smell SOUR! I put them in the dryer immediately when the wash cycle finishes, use nicely scented fabric softener (sheets, or liquid in the rinse cycle), fold them, and put them on the shelves in our bathroom. When we take showers and reach for a clean towel, putting it up to our faces - it smells SOUR!
Thinking it was the humidity from hot water and steam, I stored the towels elsewhere. Still, the problem remained. Rather embarrassing when company comes to visit. Mr. Wonderful and I thought this over, and he came to the conclusion that it was fabric softener build-up that caused the issue. But, how to get the towels fresh again, without throwing them out and buying new?
SOLUTION: White Vinegar!
Fill the washing machine as usual, adding 2 cups of White Vinegar. Let it agitate for a few seconds, then stop the machine and arrange your towels inside. Let your machine complete the wash cycle - do not add any laundry soap. (White Vinegar is safe, and won't remove any color from your laundry like Bleach can.) When the machine stops, re-fill with water and add your regular detergent, and run through the wash cycle again.
Your towels are ready to dry. Do not add any fabric softener!!! Ever AGAIN! I put the towels in the dryer, and put in a couple of tennis balls. The balls bounce around on the terry cloth, helping it to dry quickly - and when you pull the towels out, they will be fluffy and fresh smelling!
It worked for us, and it might work for you too! If you have had similar problems, I'd love to hear about it, and if you have successful solutions, please share with us!
Have a great Monday!