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Do you have nasty, mildew-smelling towels? I do. That’s what happens when towels get old.

Over time, laundry detergent builds up in the towels’ cotton, and they eventually start to stink. That’s my simple explanation, anyway.


So how do you get rid of the reek? It’s easier than you think.

RELATED: You should be doing these 3 things to prevent mildew buildup in your washing machine

Throw your smelly towels in the washing machine, and then, instead of adding detergent, use white vinegar. Make sure the water is hot when you run the machine.

Don’t wash your towels in vinegar every time; just do it once to eliminate those nasty odors.

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Elissa Benzie About the author:
Elissa is a millennial wife and mom with two toddlers. She's neurotic and disorganized, she's over it and exhausted. But it's OK, that's life! Follow her on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Instagram
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