Do you strip your towels?

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve never heard of this but our towels are starting to get that gross mildewy smell, so I might try it.  I often toss some baking soda or vinegar into the load but I also use detergent.  We don’t use softener of any sort. 

Post # 4
1770 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I haven’t heard of this! I don’t use fabric softener, but this would be interesting to try.

Post # 5
7513 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Instead of using fabric softener, you should try throwing a ball of foil into the dryer. It works just as well!

Post # 6
3082 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

Never heard of this either. But I have cheap towels so it hardly seems worth it.

Post # 7
1786 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Wow – thats cool, never heard of that. But I do have some old washclothes that were smelling a bit funky and I always use Tide but I thought maybe it was because I left them in the washer too long a couple times and they got a little stinky. So I turned them into cleaning towels, but in the future I will try this, Thanks for the info!

Post # 8
2650 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If we had our own machines, I’d go through the entire process. As it is, I just wash towels together in hot water with a tablespoon-ish of liquid detergent (HE washer), and use white vinegar instead of fabric softener…use this process everytime.

ETA: To clarify – I use vinegar instead of the liquid softener in the wash. We don’t use anything in the dryer because I keep forgetting about our dryer balls in the closet.

Post # 9
634 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsEdamame:  I’ve never had a problem with my towels smelling funky.  Though I never use dryer sheets or fabric softener.

Post # 10
9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Encore Bride, Oldtimer Bee here…

Vinegar & Baking Soda are mainstays in getting things clean and fresh

Personally, I don’t “strip” my towels

But then again, I learned a long time ago that Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets aren’t that great for your Laundry / Clothes overall (build up as you stated)

Just 2 commercial products you really can do without… sold to you to make MORE money for the BIG Detergent Companies.

Wash your clothes properly (READ the Directions on the tags)… Seperation – Fabric Care – Water Temp – Stain Treatment.  And Dry properly… Temperature & Method (Flat, Hang, Drip, Fluff, Low, Warm).  And EVERYTHING will last much much longer.


Post # 11
4375 posts
Honey bee

I never use fabric softener and I leave the dryer sheets out when doing the towels 

Post # 12
280 posts
Helper bee

I have never needed to strip my towels because I have never used fabric softener.  My mom never used it when I was growing up and explained the towel absorbency thing to me when I asked her about it.  I use either the dryer balls,  or reusable chemical free dryer sheets. 

Post # 13
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’ve never heard of this… but I think I know what I’m doing tomorrow after work. Thanks!

Post # 14
4664 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Did not know this was a thing… but I don’t have a dryer anyway. (I throw a little vinegar in the washer every so often just to clean it out)

Post # 15
10369 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve had the same towels for almost a decade, never stripped them, and have never had this issue.

Also, fabric softener is a waste of money.

Post # 16
10503 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I don’t see the need to.  I use a free detergent, so I don’t know how much of a residue is left on my towels.  If I accidently pour a bit too much detergent in I select the extra rinse cycle.  I never use fabric softner in the washing machine, unless you count vinegar.  In the dryer, I sometimes use 1/2 a bounce-free sheet, but first I rub it in a paper towel to just get a little bit.  I don’t do this for towels.  I think quite a few people’s dryers are full of the static sheets stuff.  In shared facilities I cleaned out the machines first and I still didn’t need to use my own because it was difficult to get all the residue out completely.

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