There is nothing worse than stepping out of the shower to a towel that smells like it sat a little too long in the washer machine! Every week I deep clean all my towels in one giant load. The load includes all the kitchen dish towels, bathroom hand towels, my make-up remover washcloths and bath towels. The only towels that usually don’t make it into this load are pool towels since they come home wet and get smelly fast if they sit too long in the laundry tub. Since we only wash all our bath towels once a week, we make sure they are completely dry before we throw them in the hamper.
But before we get down to laundry stripping, I want to revisit our hilarious Instagram Bath Towel Discussion. I loved re-reading all the responses on how often you use your bath towels before washing over on Instagram! We try to use our towels a few times before tossing them in the laundry hamper, but inevitably the kids will take their towels to their rooms to get dressed and leave them somewhere along the way…then grab a new towel the next night. So they go through a lot more towels than we do.
Laundry Stripping Products
- 1 cup White Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup Glamorous Diva Wash (totally optional, but see notes below)
For this deep cleaning method, you do not need to use laundry detergent at all. In fact, I’ve been cleaning my towels without detergent for years. But then I was introduced to Glamorous Diva luxury detergent and started using a small amount in the second wash (the baking soda cycle) and oh my gosh my towels smell absolutely incredible. This detergent is pricier than my regular detergent but I promise it is worth every penny…and will last awhile as it is highly concentrated. I discovered this heavenly detergent back last December when April gifted it at our Community Group Favorite Things Party with the suggestion to use it on our own clothes (not the kids’ dirty socks and underwear), sheets and towels! Solid advice. While it’s not the cheapest detergent, a little goes a LONG way!
Quick disclaimer & story: This is a VERY strong fragrance and you will either love or HATE it. So start with a small bottle, maybe even split one with a friend to try. I was so excited to wash our sheets the very next day after receiving this detergent that I actually decided to clean out the washer machine filter just before using. After throwing the sheets in the wash on the extra long deep clean cycle, I sat on back to back calls the rest of the afternoon only to find my laundry room was completely FLOODED when I returned to flip the wash. Apparently I had not screwed the filter back in all the way so the water just poured right out all over the floor for 90 minutes. Anywayyyyyyy, the fragrance was SO strong that my ENTIRE house smelled like this laundry detergent for DAYS! When Matt walked into the house that evening (not knowing about the flood), he could not stop raving about the fragrance!
- 1 Cup White Vinegar
- 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup Glamorous Diva Wash (optional, but highly recommend)
1. Wash your towels in hot water with one cup of vinegar (only).
2. Wash towels in hot water again with 1/2 cup of baking soda (sprinkle the powder directly into the wash with the towels) and 1/4 cup Diva Wash.
3. Throw towels in the dryer. Fold and enjoy!
Reader Favorite Bath Towels
Lastly, let’s talk bath towels! My absolute favorite towels are from Target and sadly were discontinued in 2020! So I polled y’all for recommendations and the majority of the responses were Costco Charisma bath towels (which you can apparently order online). There were several others towel recommendations in case you’re in the market so I’ve rounded them all up below. Also, let me just say again that bath sheet sized towels are worth the extra pennies!! They are so big and luxurious and I get bummed when I run out of them and have to use the regular size.
- Costco Charisma Bath Towels (hands down the #1 recommendation by far)
- Bed, Bath & Beyond Quick Dry Towels
- Crate & Barrel Bath Towels
- Vera Wang Bath Towels from Kohl’s (“pricier but dry fast, super soft and don’t leave fuzzies on you!”)
- Front Gate Resort Cotton Bath Towels
- LL Bean Premium Bath Towels
- Macy’s Hotel Collection
- Pottery Barn Bath Towels
- Parachute Home Bath Towels
- Calvin Klein Bath Towels
- JC Penney Liz Claiborne Bath Towels
Reader Favorite Bath Towels