Smelly towels are not only unpleasant, but it is also very unhealthy. Old mildewed towels are pretty undesirable, any way you slice it, but there is a way you can bring your towels back to their natural luster that only requires a few household products and a washing machine. When I found this excellent towel cleaning video tutorial by Clean My Space, on YouTube, I was more than ready to give this new cleaning method a try. Turns out the source of most smells in your absorbent fluffy towels is damp bacteria. So there are a few simple rules of thumb to keep your towels from ever getting to that point. First, you will always want to hang your towels over a towel rail, or a shower rail. Don’t use a hook to hang towels on, because they will not dry on a hook. Also, do not use fabric softener, it is a waxy chemical substance and draws in, then traps odors.
If you already have smells going and you will need to strip your laundry. You will begin by throwing your towels in the washing machine on the hottest setting with 2 cups of white distilled vinegar. Run a full cycle with just the vinegar.
Then you will do another hot cycle using 2 cups of baking soda.
These are all great ideas, I am so glad I found this video, I will never have smelly towels again.