How to wash new towels with vinegar

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How to wash new towels with vinegar
Brand new towels benefit from washing with vinegar. (towels image by Ruta Saulyte from

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Washing powder
  • 2 cups white vinegar

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  1. 1

    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.

    How to wash new towels with vinegar
    Wash new towels before using them for the first time. (Washing powder image by lefebvre_jonathan from
  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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