How to Clean Your Stinky Mildew Towels...Wash your towels in hot water with a cup of vinegar, then run again in hot water with a half-cup of baking soda. That will strip your towels from all of that residue & mildew smell & will actually leave them feeling fluffy & smelling fresh.
A Simple Solution For Better Smelling, More Absorbent Towels. Over time, your bath towels will build up detergent and fabric softener residue. This not only attracts SMELLY mildew, it can essentially “waterproof” your towels. If water can’t get into the fabric to clean it, the towel won’t BE or SMELL clean. The GOOD news is that there is a very simple solution for getting rid of the build-up (and thus the SMELL)!