"Reclaiming Homemade in a Small Space"

Friday, March 30, 2012

How to get rid of stinky dish cloths....

Does this happen to y'all? 
A wadded up dish cloth in the sink....smelly and nasty?  Maybe it got left overnight under a dish, maybe one of your kids (or husband) mopped up a spill and didn't rinse it out well, or perhaps it was just used a day too long.  The mildew-y smell gets the better of it and off to the laundry it goes.  It gets washed and dried with your regular laundry and STILL smells funky!  This has happened to me often.  I ended up throwing away dish rags I thought were now useless.  A couple of days ago, I opened the linen drawer in The Teeny Kitchen That Could and was nearly knocked over with the funk.   I had JUST done laundry!  There must be a way to get these wash cloths clean and fresh.  I did a little research and a bit of thinking and came up with a way to get rid of the unpleasant smell.  It is simple and you probably have what you need right now to fix the problem! 

Place 1/2 to 3/4 c. of baking soda in a bucket or container that will hold a gallon of water.  Then add a gallon of HOT water.   Add your wash cloths, stir them up and then let them sit overnight.  In the morning, dump the entire thing in your washing machine and add detergent.  (Enough for a small load.)  Run it like you normally would.  Dry in your machine and voila! clean smelling rags.
I am just so pleased that I got rid of that nasty stink I had to share it with you all!  Please feel free to pass this one along to all your friends!


  1. Could you just do this in the washing machine instead of a bucket? I'm always trying to simplify...thanks for the great idea! I have a couple of really smelly ones right now.

  2. Lis, the purpose of having the bucket it is get the baking soda as concentrated as you can. I would think if you wanted to skip the bucket step, you'd have to add more baking soda. A small load in my washing machine uses over 5 gallons of water. You'd have to add more baking soda. But experiment with it for sure!

  3. you could try SCRUBR. cleans great and doesn't get smelly. here is an interesting review, http://gearjunkie.com/camping-dish-cleaner-cloth