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Old 05-23-2010, 11:48 AM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a way to strip kitchen towels? We have a fl and sometimes dry in the dryer and sometimes use the line. They come out smelling clean but the minute you go to dry something and they get wet they stink like a wet dog We don't use papertowels so these get used a lot and for everything in the kitchen.
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I find I need to use something like bac out or pink solution (basically an enzyme based detergent/ cleaner) to really get the smell out. Baking soda in the wash helps too. I find the most likely cause is if they are left really wet for too long, like put wet into the hamper then not washed for a few days. Or if they are not dried completely after a wash and put away damp. Hope you can get your stinkies at bay! Nothing worse I Know. We had an issue with some bath towels after DS overflowed the bathtub one day and DH used towels to mop up. Good luck!
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I find I need to use something like bac out or pink solution (basically an enzyme based detergent/ cleaner) to really get the smell out. Baking soda in the wash helps too. I find the most likely cause is if they are left really wet for too long, like put wet into the hamper then not washed for a few days. Or if they are not dried completely after a wash and put away damp. Hope you can get your stinkies at bay! Nothing worse I Know. We had an issue with some bath towels after DS overflowed the bathtub one day and DH used towels to mop up. Good luck!
Yes, to the bolded...I think that's what's happening. So would you soak all of them in a bucket with hot water and bac out? Sorry I don't know what pink solution is
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I just did a soak with mine in rockin green hard rock and wow was it gross after soaking them! Then I ran them through a rinse and a hot wash with my reg homemade det. They came out smelling and looking very clean!
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I would try hot hot water- turn up the heat on your water heater. Use bleach- if you can, or vinegar.
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I've heard some people regularly boil their kitchen towels/rags because it gets rid of the greasy residue that's more common on them than bathroom rags.
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I do a soak of vinegar and oxiclean
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I've heard some people regularly boil their kitchen towels/rags because it gets rid of the greasy residue that's more common on them than bathroom rags.
This is what I ended up doing with some vinegar and tiny bit of bleach. After a couple of hours there was a little bit of oil pools on the top of the water

They are in the dryer now so we will see tomorrow how they work.
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I've heard some people regularly boil their kitchen towels/rags because it gets rid of the greasy residue that's more common on them than bathroom rags.
OR, my MIL microwaves hers for like 30 seconds or so...(high powered microwave)
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we use vinegar from time to time.
I know that smell.......but vinegar helps a lot!
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