Last week my brand new washer had a wee little hick-up and decided that keeping the water in the washer was optional. During it’s second spin cycle the water started poured out the back of the washer and all over my floor. (apparently it did this during it’s first spin cycle as well but I was busy upstairs and couldn’t hear the water running over the vacuums motor) From where I was in the kitchen it had sounded like someone had thrown an entire bucket of wash water on the floor and more was escaping. A quick yelp escaped from my lips as I hurdled a full laundry basked, stepped in a puddle of water and slammed my palm against the power button shutting off the washer. Quickly I grabbed the fresh towels I had just taken out of dryer and threw them on the floor to soak up the massive puddle. Those wet, heavy towels were shoved back into the laundry basket and pushed out of the way until the repair guy showed up three days later.
I don’t think I have to describe the state my towels were in when I finally got a chance to throw them in the washer. For a few moments I had considered starting over with new ones.
There is just something about wrapping yourself if a warm good smelling, fluffy towel when you get out of the shower but I can’t stand when they smell dirty (even if it’s really clean)
I am really excited that I just found a new way to freshen my dingy, smelly towels. Using towels to clean up after three kids and all the messes around the house makes them start to smell over time. This is especially helpful if they pile up in the laundry, or if your like me you turned the washer on walked away from it and forgot they were even in the wash in the first place.
Don’t believe me?
Take a whiff of that hand towel you just hung up on the stove or the soaked dish cloth on the bottom of your sink.
Not so pretty was it?
A Simple way to freshen your towels
All you need is four ingredients for this, and I’m guessing you already have most of them sitting in your cabinets.
- 1/2 Cup of Borax
- 1 cup of Washing Soda
- 1/4 cup of Vinegar
- 10 drops of Lemon essential oil
Instead of using your usual laundry detergent, add these into your washing machine then, wash and dry your towels like normal and they will come out clean and smelling so good!
Lemon essential oils help remove odours all around the house – the laundry, the dishwasher, carpets, even stinky shoes. It is a must-have!
So now that your towels are better smelling and more absorbent, let’s keep them that way!
- Be sure to check that your towels are 100% dry before putting them away. Even a small amount of moisture can make towels smell sour. Hang them up after your done with them and air-dry after each use.
- Limit the amount of detergent you are using. Too much leaves a residue and high-efficiency washers use less water which makes it harder to rinse all of the soap and fabric softener out.
How do you keep your towels fresh, clean and absorbent?