Towels

Towels

Postby Nancy » Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:29 am

I have a question and I know what y'all are going to tell me.

My towels smell mildewy. Not bad. Even after washing and line drying. What do I do?

I know, I know. Vinegar, right?

But what kind and how much?
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Postby Lesley » Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:34 am

White vinegar. Fill up your softener dispenser with it. Also use hot water.
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Postby Cheryl » Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:37 am

We did the towels, threw in borax, and put the vinegar in....did the Stephanie mix with the dishwasher soap... It never worked. Finally, we went to all white towels. Now once every few months I bleach them. Works perfectly.
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Postby Ashley Anne » Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:51 am

I'm with Cheryl -- we switched to white towels and bleach them periodicially.
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Postby wanda » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:29 am

Cheryl wrote:We did the towels, threw in borax, and put the vinegar in

I was going to suggest routinely using borax after you resolve the issue. I've added it to my laundry for years and never had moldy smelling towels.
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Postby Nancy » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:37 am

ok - because I have no brain. Where do you get borax?
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Postby wanda » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:39 am

Nancy wrote:ok - becuase I have no brain. Where do you get borax?

Grocery Store. It's usually not far from the Clorox 2...or whatever that fabric safe granular stuff is called. I started buying it when Brian was born and used it in the diaper pail.
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Postby mobetsy » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:43 am

I have definitely had the same problem, Nancy, mostly before I figured out that in my front loader, I was better off using powder detergent than liquid.

Borax is in a box or tub in the laundry section; if you're looking, you'll find it easily enough. I think the box I have is sort of turquoise color. Oxy-clean helps too.
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Postby Sue » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:52 am

Back in the day it was called 20 Mule Team Borax - don't know if it's just Borax now or not. And after you've bought it, you can make Slime and your kids will love you even more.

Easy Slime Recipe

1/4 cup White Glue (Elmers - I think School Glue is best, but can't remember, haven't made this in years.)
1 1/4 cup Water, divided
1 tbsp. Borax - found in the laundry detergent aisle of your grocery store
Food Coloring

Add 1 tbsp. Borax to one cup of warm water. Stir until completely dissolved. Mix 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of glue and mix thoroughly. In a ziploc bag, add equal parts of the borax solution to equal parts of the glue solution. (Half cup of each will make a cup of slime.) Add a couple drops of food coloring. Seal bag and knead the mixture. If slime is too sticky, add a little more borax. If slime is too slippery, add a little more white glue solution.

Then play with it. Fun! But be careful about getting it on furniture or letting it dry on fabric.
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Postby Nancy » Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:01 am

oh...gee...thanks, Sue.
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Postby wanda » Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:13 am

Sue wrote:Back in the day it was called 20 Mule Team Borax - don't know if it's just Borax now or not.


It's still 20 Mule Team, I just thought that was like the brand and didn't mention it. The box is a greenish color and white.

I had totally forgotten about making slime with it ages ago!
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Postby Sue » Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:15 am

Nancy wrote:oh...gee...thanks, Sue.


At your service! 8)
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Postby funnygirl » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:22 pm

:grin: I work for the company that mines borates, and has ownership in the original borate mine that was 20 Mule Borax.
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Postby mobetsy » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:36 pm

My kids make slime far too often. I would suggest you keep this recipe a secret!
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Postby Nancy » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:44 pm

My thoughts exactly, Betsy. I don't do play-dough. Don't think slime's gonna make it in my house!

I went out today and bought vinegar AND borax. If that doesn't work, I'm chunking the towels and going white.
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Postby Lesley » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:49 pm

Slime is totally disgusting!
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Postby mobetsy » Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:29 pm

If you end up getting rid of the towels, and I hope you don't have to, take them to the local animal shelter; ours is always in need of towels!
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Postby jane » Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:16 pm

Nancy, wash the load of towles on hot water TWICE with all the suggestions here, it may take that to get the smell out.

I wash towels routinely in warm water, I know you're supposed to use cold to save energy but I always use warm.
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Postby Nancy » Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:18 pm

This is gonna sound bad (or stupid, you pick), but I don't think I have hot water to my laundry room! Ah the joys of an older house.....
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Postby mobetsy » Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:45 pm

That may be your problem. You might try a laundromat and a good book...
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