Dear Home-Ec 101,
My problem is that I keep towels that we have used in a closet until I do laundry at the end of the week, and I wanted to know if there is anything I could put inside the closet to keep down the musky smell until laundry day?
Musky in Muskogee
There are countless things you could put in your closet to reduce the musty odor, but I don’t recommend any of them.
Why not simply cover up the smell of mildew?
You know that, fresh out of the shower feeling that goes completely away the second a funky towel touches your face? That is reason number one. Oh come on now, we’ve all had that experience, right? Yes, worrying about mildew and towels is totally a first world problem, but yuck. And hey, at least it is something I can help solve.
You solve the musty odor in the closet problem by not putting the towels in the closet while they are still wet.
Hang your towels until they are dry before storing them in a hamper or closet. It’s that simple.
Where you ask? You have a small apartment? I’ve said it before, real life isn’t tv set perfect, thankfully it’s also generally not quite reality show obnoxious, either. . . generally, but it does have its moments.
Use door knobs, doors, a chair back, a towel rack or coat hook. . . you see where I’m going with this, right? Bacteria and mold have a favorite place to grow and that would be in a damp, still, preferably dark environment. What is your current storage place? Damp, still, and dark. And the best part for the mildew is that it grows with spores, so the more you use the space to store damp laundry, the worse the problem will become.
To help resolve any current funk, the best solution is to dry that closet thoroughly. DampRid is an option, as is leaving the door wide open and pointing a fan into the space until it is thoroughly dry.
Good luck and enjoy your fresh smelling towels.
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