How to Get the Sour Smell Out of a Dishcloth

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How to Get the Sour Smell Out of a Dishcloth
Remove sour smell from dish cloth with household cleaners. (pink wash cloth image by hazel proudlove from

Mouldy smells can linger on a dishcloth if the cloth has been left in dirty dishwater for a long period. These foul odours could be transferred from the dishcloth to plates, cups and other dishes. Placing the dishcloth inside your washing machine will remove bacteria and dirt. Unfortunately, this cleaning method may not fully wash away the sour smell that's on the dishcloth, and it may be necessary to use vinegar and dish soap.

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Things you need

  • White vinegar
  • Non-bleach liquid dish soap
  • Sink/bucket
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer/clothesline

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  1. 1

    Pour one tbsp of non-bleach liquid dish soap and three cups of white vinegar into a clean sink or bucket.

  2. 2

    Soak the sour-smelling dishcloth in the liquids for about an hour.

  3. 3

    Rinse the dishcloth thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Wring the excess liquid from the dishcloth. The cloth doesn't need to be completely dry, as long as it's no longer dripping wet.

  5. 5

    Place the dishcloth in your washing machine. Wash and dry the dishcloth as normal.

Tips and warnings

  • An all-white dishcloth can also be soaked in bleach. If you use bleach, fully rinse the cloth before placing it inside the washing machine. Otherwise, the bleach on the cloth could stain other items.

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