I'm going to start the new year by throwing away some towels. It's annoying, because until I can afford to buy new ones, that will cut the number of towels I own to three -- not that I need more than one at a time -- but it's time.
No matter how often I wash these towels, in no matter what combination of detergent, fabric softener, borax, bleach and vinegar, I cannot get that musty smell out of them. When they come right out of the dryer, they smell fine. As soon as they get damp, they smell like wet dog.
These were not the highest quality towels -- Martha Stewart Everyday, from KMart -- but they are supposed to be 100% cotton, and the only thing wrong with them is this smell.
Before I pitch them, any suggestions? Putting them outside in the sun is not an option; it's Maine in January.