A while back I tested a way to keep your towels from getting stinky. You can read about it HERE. It has been working okay, but I don't like having to wash the towels twice. I was talking to my mom about it and she said, "Well, haven't you just been washing them with Lysol?" Hello! That is the secret to my mom's always-fresh laundry. Seriously. I have visited her many times and never had a sour towel...including kitchen washcloths. The secret to good-smelling laundry has been right under my nose all this time!
And it's so easy. You just load the washer with all your towels, add your normal soap, then put in about 1/4 cup of Lysol. Not Lysol with bleach obviously, or you will end up with off-colored towels. I use the lavender scent...it smells great! Run the cycle on the hottest setting and then dry without a dryer sheet. I am so much happier using this method! I like knowing that 99% of the stinky germs have been killed when I wash my towels this way. I think it prevents the gross stuff from ever growing and eliminates ever having stinky towels again. Hurray!