How to De-Stink Smelly Towels with Baking Soda

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Have you ever noticed towels get a funky smell even after you wash them?

It happens a lot and is usually caused by bacteria and detergent build-up. The latter can also harm the fibers of the towel, making them less absorbent.

So you’re left with stinky towels that barely absorb water? No worries!

In this article, I’ll teach you two methods that I like to use to freshen up stinky towels by using baking soda.

Baking soda is a versatile household product that can help you quickly de-stink your towels. It’s cheap, environmentally friendly, and free of toxic chemicals.

I hope that you’ll give these methods a try.

Let’s begin.

The Soak Method

This method involves soaking your towel in water and baking soda for at least 1 hour. This should give the baking soda enough time to deodorize your towel.

What you’ll need:

Baking soda
Laundry basin
Stinky towel

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  1. Fill the laundry basin with water. Make sure you have enough water to soak the towel.
  2. Pour 1 cup of baking soda. Stir it a little bit.
  3. Put the towel in the baking soda and water solution. Let it soak for 1-2 hours
  4. Squeeze the towel to remove excess water. 
  5. Throw it in the washer and launder as usual.

The Wash Method

This method is much simpler. You just add a cup of baking soda to the first wash cycle. Then use detergent on the next and launder like usual.

6 Tips to Keep Your Towels Fresh

  1. Replace your towels every 1-3 years. Towels are often damp and can be breeding grounds for germs. Even regular washing is not enough to completely clean them. So remember to buy new ones every few years.
  2. Avoid using fabric softeners when washing towels. They leave a slippery residue and can weaken the towel’s absorption.
  3. Check the temperature of the water before washing towels. You don’t always have to go for the hottest setting. Around 40 degrees is the sweet spot and should be hot enough to stop most germs from breeding. Any higher than that may weaken and destroy the fibers.
  4. Keep them in an air-tight bag if you plan on not using them for a long time.
  5. Completely dry them after every wash to avoid bacteria from breeding. Bacteria thrive in damp environments.
  6. Wash them at least once every 2-3 times of use. 3 times max.


Washing and soaking your towels in water with baking soda are effective and inexpensive ways to deodorize them.

And it’s not just for towels. Baking soda is great for cleaning and deodorizing many things. If you’re looking for more ways to deodorize with baking soda, check out my articles on how to use baking soda to de-stink your pillows and how to remove the pet pee smell with baking soda

Thank you for reading and dropping by my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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