why do my towels smell bad after washing

I ll tell you how I solved this problem once and for all; I picked up a bamboo towel (yes, bamboo). Bamboo is, of course, a very hard wood. Once shredded into a fiber however, it can be woven into any of several very soft textile items including a bath towel with a lofty, terrycloth weave. Bamboo is essentially antimicrobial, and some species grow so fast up to 4 per day (yes, that s four feet per day! ) making it the most renewable natural resource on the planet. So, will this really solve my stinky towel problem? , you ask. Here are the specifics of my situation: I wouldn t even THINK about using a cotton towel more than once. 1) It would smell utterly disgusting the second time around, and 2) After the first use, when it dried, any cotton towel I used dried like plywood.

With the bamboo towel, on the other hand, I m able to use the same towel every day for several weeks! (That may sound a little disgusting to some of you but I look at it this way, when I step out of that shower, every inch of my body is CLEAN, therefore, by my reasoning, the towel should stay clean and should really be good to use for even months between washings. ) In my experience, there is NO ODOR AT ALL with a bamboo towel no matter how many times I ve used it.

You can buy these towels (and many other products of a bamboo derivative) at cariloha. com for a whopping $69 or, get what looks to be the same thing on amazon. com for as low as $19. 99. The only thing you may not like about the bamboo towel is that it isn t as absorbent as 100% cotton (chemically, bamboo is about the same as Rayon). I d say the bamboo is maybe 70-80% as absorbent as 100% cotton. I can certainly live with that to get rid of that rancid smell!
Running the washing machine without detergent through two complete boil wash or hot programmes - you probably have a build of excess laundry detergent AND/OR general gunk (lint, bits of paper, soap scum, etc).

Most modern machines don t have a hot water rinse but the hot water cycle of the hottest programme should work to rid your machine of excess/built up detergent and softener gunk, mould, etc. There are products you can buy meant specifically for this purpose but usually the simple two hot washes followed by one more with vinegar in the dispenser where bleach or softener goes does the trick for much less money! Btw, you should run the washer empty on boil wash at least four times a year to keep it clean. After cleaning the machine of built-up gunk, cut down on how much laundry powder or liquid you re using per load - try dropping the amount by a quarter or third and go from there to determine how much detergent you need to get your fabrics clean and fresh smelling.

Also consider skipping the softener if you re using it - vinegar works far better and is multi-purpose (cleans and deodorises machine, assists rinse water to get all the detergent out of the fabrics, softens fabrics). Vinegar is also a fabulous savings over commercially prepared softeners! Cleaning the filters at the hose to tap connections - small mesh screen should be under the washer ring on the hose end, use an old (clean! ) toothbrush to get all the accumulated gunk on the screen - you may not be able to see how thick the film on that screen really is until you brush off some of it.

Repeat at least twice a year. Check the washing machine user guide - the machine may have a more accessible filter in addition to the one at the hose to tap and that filter needs to be cleaned regularly as well. If none of the above solutions resolves your problem, a small (usually a sock) item has likely worked into an area it wasn t meant to and is quietly moulding away causing the swamp stench. This is a job for a repair tech.