Towels are one of the most important pieces of laundry to keep clean and dry. Damp towels are vulnerable to bacterial growth, which causes that “musty” or “sour” smell. The same is the case with other clothes. Here are the simple tricks to keep your clothes fresh and white:
- Scrub diligently with soap in the shower or bath; especially sweat “hot spots,” such as the feet, the underarms, and the groin.
- Always hang up a towel after using it. A rack is ideal for airing out the maximum amount of surface area. Don’t throw a damp towel whether it has been used in the kitchen or the bathroom, on the floor or in a hamper to dry. The residual build up of bacteria only worsens if a damp towel doesn’t dry completely between uses.
- Make sure your washing machine itself is sanitary. People shed about 1 billion dead skin cells every day, much of which ends up in your clothes, towels, and washing machine. Before washing your towels, do your whites, if you use bleach. Or run an empty load with ¼ cup bleach to disinfect the interior.
- If the wash label on your towels and clothes allows it, wash them in hot water with chlorine bleach and your regular detergent to make them whiter.
- Borax is a detergent booster that has been used for over 100 years. You can add 1/2 cup of borax to your laundry to increase its cleaning capabilities and odour removal (both whites and colours).
- In addition to the bleach, regular detergent, and borax, consider adding 1 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent to the mix. All 4 cleaners working together should get your towels ultra-white.
Use these tricks and tips to keep your towels and clothes fresh and white!