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Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 10, 2018 12:20PM
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So I am happy to report that we have negative results. Negative being that the smell is gone. Or good results to put it another way.

Bleach does help control that odor. I guess we'll be starting adding bleach to every towel load from now on.



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Re: Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 10, 2018 12:21PM
....so no more odor in the court.....??



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Re: Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: billb
Date: October 10, 2018 12:23PM
Drip dry naturally on the deck


Edit: sans towel



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Re: Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 10, 2018 12:42PM
Negative results = good results.

Got it.



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Re: Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 10, 2018 01:09PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
Negative results = good results.

Got it.

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Re: Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 10, 2018 01:43PM
Good to hear you're getting better results !

We had a similar issue and then I read an article that said most mold problems with towels involved putting too much detergent in the wash. I cut the amount down significantly, and the problem went away. I do run a bleach cycle in our front load washer periodically to ensure it stays sanitized, and engineered up a tennis ball on a string attached to a strong magnet to keep the door from closing when it's not in use. the bonk bonk bonk sound from the tennis ball annoys my wife and fascinates the cats when it's running.

Then again the same cat runs and jumps up to watch the laser printer running whenever he hears it start up. And meows at it when it stops.
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Re: Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: space-time
Date: October 10, 2018 01:45PM
forgot to mention, I also do the heavy duty cycle, which may have an extra rinse. And no, we don't use fabric softener, and I try to put a small amount of Kirkland unscented detergent.
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Re: Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 10, 2018 01:50PM
...heavy.....dudy......????


....that might be the problem....



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Re: Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 10, 2018 02:08PM
Yup, bleach is just the ticket for musty towels.



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Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 10, 2018 02:12PM
.....do you dry jabutti.....??



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Re: Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: Racer X
Date: October 10, 2018 03:19PM
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Good to hear you're getting better results !

Then again the same cat runs and jumps up to watch the laser printer running whenever he hears it start up. And meows at it when it stops.

I would expect no less from a pet in your household.
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Re: Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: billb
Date: October 10, 2018 04:41PM
Are used towels getting tossed in a laundry basket or hung up to dry ( use again or toss in laundry basket when dry ) ?



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Posted by: space-time
Date: October 10, 2018 05:16PM
hung up to dry

EDIT: hang up to dry in the bathroom on towel bar/hooks.



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Re: Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: Michael
Date: October 10, 2018 08:45PM
We found that sheets would gradually get a smell that bleach would seem to remove for a short while but came back. It also occurred with old pajamas. I finally found this and washing the sheets once dramatically reduced the smell and a second time and the smell was gone. We now wash them this way every once in a while. Our newish washer doesn't have a soak cycle and will drain after a while if the top is left open so we don't follow that particular step.

Here it is:

How to Clean Those Stinky, Oily Sheets!
Add laundry detergent to machine. To the empty washing machine, add however much detergent you normally use for a load of sheets. I usually go for about 2/3 of the cup that comes with the detergent, then throw in the cup so it gets all the soap off while washing.
Use hot water. Set your machine to the hottest setting on a normal or normal/heavy load. I use the hot/cold setting (wash in hot water, rinse in cold).
Add dishwashing soap. Add three good squirts directly into the flow of the water (to ensure that it mixes in real good). My "3 squirts" rule probably works out to about three tablespoons or just under a quarter cup of dish soap.
Add Borax. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup into the water. Once again, I eyeball this right out of the box.
Put in the sheets and make sure they're all completely submerged in the water.
Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of distilled white vinegar to your washing machine's fabric softener dispenser. I always use a spare laundry detergent cup for this. If your machine doesn't have a fabric softener dispenser, you can either add the vinegar during the rinse cycle or get a Downy ball (see the Amazon link below) and toss that in.
Let it soak for about 30 minutes once the washing machine has filled. This soak is important because it helps to break apart the oils in the sheets. I always leave the lid of my washing machine open for this step to prevent the wash cycle from starting up again.
Let the wash cycle continue as usual after your sheets have soaked. If you do not have a fabric softener dispenser or a Downy ball, be sure to add the vinegar during the rinse.
Dry your sheets as usual. Since you already used vinegar, which is a natural fabric softener, you can skip the dryer sheets. You may also skip the fabric softener because it can make the body oil thing worse. I always prefer to use a dryer sheet because I like my sheets to be as soft as a baby's butt (and they've never caused problems with getting stains/oils out for me).
Enjoy your super clean and super fresh sheets!
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Re: Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 10, 2018 10:50PM
Michael, that's a lot of effort! We wash bedding once with a fair amount of soap plus bleach, then run the whole wash cycle again without soap or bleach or anything but water. Both washes are with cold water. Lastly, dry in our gas dryer.



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Re: Newer towels smell. Older towels OK. F/U
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 28, 2018 03:08PM
....what are you using the towels to wipe up.....!!!


....heaven only knows......



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