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How To Get Rid of Sour Towels With Just One Ingredient!

Transitioning To A Toxic Free Home


Over the past year I have put a HUGE focus on living a toxic free life!  Wow, who knew there were so many toxins out there!

There is one book that has taught me SO much and I just have to tell you about it!

Have you seen the book Toxic Free by Robin Konie of Thank Your Body?  It is hands down, the best book I have read that helped me transition my home into a toxic free place.

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I’m going to dive into this book in just a moment, but first lets dive into getting rid of those smelly towels shall we?

Someone Please Help Me Get Rid of These Sour Towels!


Okay, so this has been a HUGE problem in my household.  A bit embarrassing yes, but we have STINKY TOWELS!!

Alright, who is with me here?  There is nothing more frustrating then to get out of the bath feeling fresh only to dry off with a towel that stinks and sticks with you for hours.

So as always I set out to find a solution to my problem.  I mean last year I discovered how to get rid of a bad smelling high efficiency washer machine forever, and I still use that tip to this day!

My Attempts To Get Rid of Sour Towels


So the experimenting began.  Last week I began to test and let me tell you…if there was a camera in my laundry room, you would all be getting a laugh right now.

Let me start by saying that my first instinct was to add vinegar.  Vinegar kills odors in washer machines and I am sure they could help freshen my towels.

  • Round 1: So the first load I used vinegar on a hot cycle.  Bing….laundry done, opened my front loader and whoa…still smells!  I didn’t even have to get them out.
  • Round 2: Next I decided to add vinegar, baking soda and a little laundry soap.  HUGE mistake!  DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!  Oh my gosh you guys…I felt like I just watched an episode of the Brady Bunch…remember when Bobby put too much detergent in the washer machine and there were bubbles everywhere?  Yep, that was my laundry room…so not a good idea! So now you know, combining baking soda and vinegar has the same chemical reaction as it does in baking.  It fizzes up and makes a huge mess.  Alright, scratch that idea!
  • Round 3: Finally I decided to scratch everything BUT the baking soda!  No soap, no vinegar, just plain baking soda and guess what…IT WORKED!!!

So here is what you need to do!

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How To Get Rid of Sour Towels The Toxic Free Way


Put your towels into your washer machine.  Mine is a high efficiency (HE) front loader washer machine but you can also do this with a standard washer machine too.

Add 1/2 cup baking soda right over the towels.  Don’t worry about using the dispenser, just pour it right over the towels.  If you have a standard washer machine, use 1 cup of baking soda and add it to the towels and then fill with water.  DO NOT ADD SOAP OR VINEGAR, ADD NOTHING BUT BAKING SODA!

Run a full cycle using hot water for the wash and rinse cycle.  You will be absolutely amazed on how fresh the towels smell.

Dry fully and then fold and use!

For Really Stubborn Smelling Towels!


If you have some towels that are really stubborn and still have a smell, then I highly recommend these 4 essential oils!

Lemon Essential Oil ~ You Can Buy Here

Lavender Essential Oil ~ You Can Buy Here

Protective Blend ~ You Can Buy Here

Cleansing Blend ~ You Can Buy Here

Simply choose which essential oil you would like to use or you could use a combination of these essential oils and add 3-5 drops to the baking soda before you add to the wash and shake well to combine the essential oil with the baking soda.  Add to wash and proceed as normal.

Why Towels Start To Smell


There are several reasons towels start to smell.

  1. They don’t fully dry out and become mildewy
  2. There is to much moisture in the air which again can keep the towels from fully drying
  3. Your kids leave them on the floor, again not allowing them to dry fully (uh can you tell that this is my issue) 😉
  4. You are using too much soap or fabric softener.  This one is huge!  Many of us use too much and the towels will have a build up of detergent or fabric softener.

Over the last year I have been working on making my household more “green”!  I can not believe how much money I am saving and how with little changes here and there, my house is truly becoming more green!

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 My Favorite New Book ~ Toxic Free by Robin Konie


toxic freeI have a favorite new book that has absolutely helped me to transition into a Toxic Free life!

Robin Konie of Thank Your Body has some amazing information to share and recently wrote this book, Toxic Free to help us all become less toxic in our homes and in life.

You can Click here to view more details about this amazing book.

Not only does this book have helpful tips in the home, but it also has tips to remove toxins from your lifestyle too!

This book has over 70 great recipes that are super easy to make with everyday ingredients!  It isn’t just home products but everyday items like these:




All Natural Homemade Bronzer



3 Ingredient Toxic Free Dish Detergent


How I Saved A Ton of Money With This Book


Oh and you guys, I can’t not tell you how much money I have saved just by using the recipes in the book. We are talking hundreds if not thousands of dollars!!

Most of the commercial products out there are so bad for the environment and for our health!  They are loaded with toxic ingredients and quite frankly, you usually can make your own products at home with very little time and very little money!

No fancy ingredients…just everyday, easy to find ingredients.  This book is a must have for EVERY household!  And it is ONLY $2.99!!




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21 thoughts on “How To Get Rid of Sour Towels With Just One Ingredient!”

  1. I use baking soda and soap in the wash and the vinegar is dispensed in the fabric softener compartment. Hot water. Also works liked a charm. My detergents are natural….homemade or ewg rating 1!

    1. Sara says:

      I have brand new towels, not thick either.
      They still stink with the baking soda,
      Even washed out the dryer….

    2. sara says:

      Baking soda didn’t work and these are new towels, less than a few weeks.
      Even cleaned the dryer, good..

  2. DW says:

    baking soda and vinegar are used to clean up a clogged sink with its fizzing action…when I read you put vinegar and baking soda together in your machine..I was like OH NO….trouble….

  3. Ellabee Scully says:

    I’m about ready to throw mine out for this very reason…will give this a try!

  4. Melissa says:

    haven’t tried baking soda for towels but I did make some detergent and that was included as an ingredient and it killed all my elastic on all my kids clothes.

  5. Missy says:

    My towels didn’t have the smell but it bothered me that the rinse cycle with a load of towels always had a lot of suds. I started washing my towels with only baking soda in the wash cycle and vinegar in the rinse cycle and it took a couple months of washing without detergent before my towels would rinse without suds. The detergent builds up in them so bad, and that causes some of the smell. And fabric softener makes them not as absorbent.

  6. Borax works the same way, too.

  7. Vicki says:

    Baking soda can help us clean in so many ways. An interesting use to share (off topic from laundry but helpful to everyone who uses any kind of ‘product’ in styling their hair: I use baking soda to clean the product out of my hair as well! My hairdresser taught me this. It really works well in the shower after washing your hair with shampoo to make a paste of the baking soda and a little water and work it through your hair and rinse. I shampoo again with just a little shampoo this time and then rinse again to get really clean, product-free hair again!! (What would we do without our product ha ha! But it does build up.)

    So many laundry detergents have fillers and other chemicals in them. You have to wonder how they contribute to laundry problems like this. I have used a natural laundry cleaner for so long – it has enzyme-activated natural cleaners for really clean laundry and has no phosphates and no chlorine and is hypoallergenic. Also love that it is a spot remover as well and very concentrated – you definitely don’t want to use too much!

  8. janet says:

    When reading your article on my kindle, your “pop in” completely blocks the page and there is no way poo f getting rid of it without signing up for your newsletter. There is no visible x in the corner.

  9. Tami says:

    I enjoy all the information out there about laundry detergent, etc. but what about static in the dryer. I use vinegar in the rinse cycle of my washing machine and dryer balls in the dryer and the static is terrible. My family lives with it but they really don’t like it and I get that look… “why can’t we use the chemical products?” , you know that look? Any ideas out there?

    1. Chelle says:

      I have the same irritating problem! I recently started putting large safety pins on some old baby wash cloths. I put like 2 or 3 per wash cloth. Just pop one in the dryer and cuts the static by at least 75%. I get a little here and there from mixing fabrics. I also use the vinegar in place of fabric softener. I was going to make some wool dryer balls, but heard they aren’t a true fix either. Then I saw the safety pin idea on Pinterest. Good luck!

  10. Kelly Barkell says:

    Keep all these ideas coming. Chemicals are too harsh for me and I have severe allergic reactions. I use baking soda for so many things that I buy the large boxes now. Thanks for your blog.

  11. Alyssa says:

    Can’t wait to try this. I usually use vinegar, but it doesn’t work well once the smell gets really bad. I am wondering about colored laundry….is banking soda safe to use on colors? I’m afraid it may fade them.

  12. Tammy says:

    I would love to know what laundry detergent you use Vickie?

  13. Debbie says:

    I’m so glad to find your site. Was ready to throw out all my bath towels and get new ones. I quit smoking, WOW, just realized it has been three years ago March 2015, and I can smell everything————-good and BAD. I make my own laundry detergent and did not even think of baking soda.You know, right under your nose? Well, guess I don’t have an excuse now. THANK YOU.

  14. teri says:

    I have always had success de-stinking my towels by hanging them outside to dry on my clothes line on a hot sunny day. I think it’s the UV rays, kills the stink. Works for me

  15. cindy says:

    I just trid the baking soda only and it worked!! I did not say anything to my family and they notice the difference!! Going to try the safety pins and wash cloth tip next for the dryer. Thanks!

  16. Paulette says:

    Read with interest your article on getting the sour smell out of towels. I’m giving that a try now with baking soda and a few drops of lemon essential oil added to the towels. Assuming this works to take the smell out, do I always wash the towels with baking soda or is that a one-time thing?

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      I always use baking soda or just plain vinegar to wash my towels and they smell great and come out super clean.

  17. Kae O'Kelley says:

    Add some peppermint oil and it will help take the smell away. Love to put it on the bed sheets!

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