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How to refresh your bath towels with vinegar and baking soda

There comes a point in the life of every towel when it’s just not smelling quite right. No matter how much Clorox for colors I’ve used, there was still an ‘off’ smell. So, this howto is for refreshing bath towels and it’s with vinegar and baking soda method!

To the best of my knowledge, the original source for this method is Wikihow. But it’s really hard to figure out where these ideas originate!


Refreshing your towels with #vinegar and #bakingsoda is right up my alley because they’re my two favorite household cleaners.

Refreshing your towels with vinegar and baking soda is right up my alley because they’re my two favorite household cleaners.

Refresh bath towels with vinegar and baking soda

You can refresh your bath towels with just 2 ingredients.  This process will strip the residue that has built up and cause them to be fresh and practically new again. You will notice they absorb better as well.


I am so glad that I found this household tip on Pinterest.  After a while, towels start to have a build-up of softeners & laundry soap. This causes them to no longer absorb like they did when you first purchased them.


You may even start noticing an odor that is not so pleasant after a while, too.

How can you refresh them once this happens? A simple solution with vinegar and baking soda
1Run them through a wash cycle with only hot water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Do not add soaps!


2Then run them through again. This time using hot water and 1/2 cup baking soda. Again, do not use soaps!

3Dry your towels on the hottest setting until thoroughly dry. You can also hang them outside in the sun for additional freshening.

How to refresh your bath towels with just 2 ingredients. #bathtowels #bakingsoda #vinegar #Pinterest

Repeat procedure as needed. Both vinegar and baking soda strip the soap and fabric softener residue from your towels. I’m really pleased with the results of washing my towels this way. They smell great, and as a bonus, they’re also much softer!

Final note:
Do not mix the vinegar and baking soda in the same load because the two together cause a chemical reaction that foams which might cause your washing machine to overflow! Even though I’m a big fan of ‘two for one’, but in this case, there are no shortcuts. Luckily the washing machine does all the work! I’ve personally added both to a top loader machine and not had problems with overflowing, But this method does work best when you wash first with vinegar, then run a second time with the baking soda.


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