If your workout clothes seem smelly or your bath towels have gotten flatter, scratchier and less absorbent, you might wonder if your washing machine is working as well as it should. The good news is that your washer is likely OK. But the unpleasant truth is that your just-washed laundry might not be as clean as you think.
In the same way that soap scum, fabric softener or other residue can accumulate in your washing machine, your towels and clothing can be subject to buildup over time. You can strip away this gunk and grime with one of two methods. Laundry “stripping” is a simple technique using easy-to-find products that you might already have on hand.
Although this laundry hack has gone viral on TikTok, people have used a similar method to clean cloth diapers for years.
Laundry Stripping In The Washer
If you have relatively new towels or sheets that could use refreshing, you can try this method first. All you need is white vinegar and baking soda, but don’t use them together unless you want a volcano science project in your laundry room.