How to wash new towels with vinegar

New towels in the bathroom or kitchen add to the functionality and appearance of the room. When you dry off with a new towel you often end up with lint all over yourself. Washing brand new towels helps prevent lint transfer and also prevents colour bleeding while softening and freshening your towels. Regular use of vinegar in your wash machine will help keep towels looking and smelling clean even after they've been washed and used many times.

Wash your new towels with the recommended water temperature and amount of washing powder. Add 1 cup white vinegar to the wash water to soften your towels, brighten the colours and help retain colour fastness, as well as remove any new towel smell.

Add 1 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your wash machine. Do not add liquid fabric softener. Adding white vinegar to the rinse cycle helps to keep your new towels lint- and static-free.

Allow the rinse and spin cycle to complete. Shake your towels to fluff the fibres, then place in the dryer.


One cup of baking soda can be used in the wash cycle, in place of vinegar, to soften and deodorise your towels. Soak soiled, stinky or mildewed towels in a bucket of undiluted vinegar for 30 minutes. Launder as usual. Wash your towels after every three uses to avoid the development of mildew and mildew odours.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing powder
  • 2 cups white vinegar
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.