Banish Laundry Odors with Vodka (Really!)

A little vodka works wonders on smelly towels and linens—add this idea to your bag of tricks!

A little vodka works wonders on smelly towels and linens -- add this idea to your bag of tricks!

If you have towels that still smell after a normal wash, this hack may be the answer to getting your towels to lose the odor. Just add a little vodka into the water and let the towels soak before running a washing cycle. We'll show you how to save musty towels with this basic pantry ingredient.

What You Need

  • Washing machine
  • 1 cup vodka
  • Laundry detergent

Step 1: Pour Vodka Into Water

Pour 1 cup of vodka into the washing machine tub as it fills with water. Use warm water and for colored towels and hot water for white towels.

Step 2: Add Laundry Soap

Add laundry soap into the filling tub. Once the laundry soap is in, put a load of towels into the washing machine.

Step 3: Let Towels Soak

Once the tub is full, pause the machine and let the towels soak for 1 hour. Soaking will allow both the soap and the odor-fighting vodka to get into the fibers of the towels for a deep clean.

Step 4: Wash Normally

After letting them soak in the vodka, laundry soap and water mixture, wash the load of towels normally. 

Tip: Wash in Small Loads

For best results, don't crowd the tub of the washing machine with towels. They need room to breathe to get completely clean. Cleaning towels in small loads also makes for easier and more complete drying on a towel drying cycle.

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3 Comments

  1. what about front loading machines that you can't open after starting?

    1. Most front loaders have a presoak cycle.

    2. my thoughts too.

  2. i suppose you could do the "pre-soak" in the bath tub, but the vodka & soap would just go down the drain.

  3. I was wondering the same thing - I guess just toss in the vodka before washing and hit pause



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