Remove Odors from Clothes and Towels

remove smell from cloth towels using hydrogen peroxide

Have you noticed that, over time, some of your towels and clothes have developed an unpleasant odour? Body soils, such as grease, sebum, and sweat, are very sticky and bind to fabric fibres easily, making them some of the most difficult soils to remove from clothing and towels. Often, despite washing, these soils can get left behind on fabrics, causing them to give off that musty smell. In some cases, your clothes and towels might smell fresh immediately after taking them out of the wash, but then begin to smell again a few days later. That’s because fragrances in laundry products can temporarily mask the unpleasant odour. If your clothes look clean but still smell bad, unfortunately, that means they’re not truly clean.

Simply follow these steps:

  1. 1

    Add ½ cup Hydrogen Peroxide 6% – Oxygen Plus and ½ cup white vinegar to your washing machine along with your towels and clothing.

  2. 2

    Fill your washing machine with hot water.

  3. 3

    Add your regular detergent and allow the clothing to soak for 15 minutes.

  4. 4

    Continue the washing cycle as normal.

You might be wondering why your washing machine can’t effectively rid of these musty odours. It’s because modern laundry trends are not geared towards cleaning body soils. Things like cold water used in high-efficiency, large-capacity washing machines are allowing body soils to remain on your clothing. So, what can you do to remove these smells? Do you have to just throw away your musty towels and clothing? Absolutely not! Rather than throwing these items out, try adding Hydrogen Peroxide 6% – Oxygen Plus and vinegar to your loads of laundry.

Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar make for a powerful combination that will effectively rid of that off-putting smell. Chemically speaking, hydrogen peroxide (H202) is very similar in composition to water (H20)—the only difference is hydrogen peroxide has an extra atom of oxygen. This extra oxygen atom makes this solution very powerful, allowing it to remove odours deeply embedded in fabrics. Unlike traditional laundry detergents or bleach, hydrogen peroxide is completely non-toxic and doesn’t contain any chlorine, alcohols, acids, or other dangerous chemical additives. In fact, it biodegrades completely into just water and oxygen!

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