We've all hopped out of a refreshing shower only to wrap ourselves in a stinky, mildew-scented towel. This unpleasant odor is caused by a number of things: folding and putting away a towel before it's fully dry; and the build-up of detergent/fabric softener can cause a not-so-pleasant scent, too.
While we can't fully avoid this common problem, there is a super easy-- and super surprising--fix.
According to Carolyn Forté, director of home appliances, cleaning products and textiles at the Good Housekeeping Institute, you just need to add one ingredient to your laundry, and your towels are guaranteed to come out smelling fresh. What's the trick? Distilled white vinegar!
Forté recommends adding one cup of distilled white vinegar during the final rinse for top-load washers. For high-efficiency front-loading machines, just fill the fabric softener dispenser to the max. This will ensure that the vinegar gets released at the end of the cycle.
One final point Forté made while speaking with TODAY is that it's not necessary to use the white vinegar with every wash. Rather, just use it as needed.