I’m starting a new section on the blog…I’m calling it Pantry DIY. I’m a compulsive DIY’er. I ask myself if I can make something myself instead of buying it. A lot of times I can! This applies to cleaning products, beauty products, bubbles for my kids and even pillows. I’m super committed to being as crafty as possible. So here is my first post on Pantry DIY: Recharge your towels! I originally saw this on Pinterest and I tried it and it worked! It was incredible. I posted it to my personal blog and it was a huge hit. I don’t really have time to post over there anymore so I thought I’d post it here and spread the word to even more.
Okay, I should point out that I do wash my towels regularly but after a while they seem to develop a rather funky smell. I switched detergents with more powerful scents but that didn’t work. I read somewhere that after a while soap and fabric softener build up and your towels need to be stripped to get rid of it all. So I tried this and it worked perfectly! No more funk.
– I have a front load washer. I’ve tossed the vinegar straight onto the towels and I’ve also poured it into the detergent tray. The tray only holds about half a cup so I toss the rest onto the towels. Seems to work both ways. I ALWAYS toss the baking soda onto the wet towels, never load into detergent tray.
– It works for all colors, not just white towels. I’ve used this process for white towels, green towels and dark blue towels.
– I’ve also done this with some eternally stinky work clothes and it worked like magic.
I had a lot of questions about this process so I tried to outline the process in detail. If you have any questions, leave it in the comments.
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- Run a load of towels through your washer on a normal cycle using hot water. DO NOT USE DETERGENT. Instead, pour vinegar onto the towels. If you have a top load washer, you can pour the vinegar in as the water is running. If you have a front load washer, you can pour the vinegar onto the towels and then close the door for the cycle to start.
- When the first cycle is done, open the washer and sprinkle the baking soda over the now wet towels. Start a normal cycle again with hot water and NO DETERGENT.
- When the second cycle is done, your towels are now clean and can be put in the dryer!
- DO NOT USE DETERGENT. This process only uses vinegar and baking soda. If you want your towels to have the scent of your detergent, you can run a third normal cycle with detergent....but your towels are already clean so, why waste water?