I know you know what I'm talking about. I'm talking about the nasty, wretched smell that towels and wash cloths tend to get in the summertime, when humidity is high and everything likes to grow... the horrible scent that lingers on your skin after you dry off with said towel....the smell that will not go away no matter how many times you wash the towels. There are few things I dislike more than this smell. I finally have found a solution that works for removing the odor cause by mildew on your damp towels.
The Knight In Shining Armor for today is vinegar. Nothing fancy, just cheap white vinegar. I pour a good bit into the wash with hot water, and detergent and softener as usual, and let it run. If I think the towels are looking a bit gross, I put a bit of bleach in as well. Since my towels are white, this is good. Definitely not something I would recommend for everyone, unless you want bleach dyed towels, which could be cool. I guess.
Either way, the towels come out smelling fabulous and fresh. No more stench.
Be sure to always take your towels out of the wash, and get them into the dryer pretty quickly to avoid having the smell return. Moisture breeds mold in small, tight spaces. Additionally, if you can hang your towels to dry after using them, rather than throwing them into a hamper, you can help prevent the smell.