Woman’s cleaning hack exposes the hidden grime in your ‘clean’ bathroom towels

towel stripping hack

A man recently shared a cleaning tip that left many feeling queasy about what might be hiding in their bathroom towels.

This man was shocked by the results of his wife's cleaning hack, which he posted on Facebook.

The photo showed a bathtub filled with murky brown water, even though the towels had just been washed. 

Jared said that despite appearing clean, towels could harbor unseen dirt.

His wife had learned about "towel stripping" from a YouTube video, which involved soaking the towels overnight in a mixture of baking soda, borax, Oxi Clean, and hot water.

Jared explained that his wife took their supposedly clean towels from the linen closet, emphasizing that they were clean.

He shared her theory that over time, small traces of soap and detergent accumulate in the towel fibers, trapping dirt and bacteria despite regular washing.

"So after seeing someone else do it she decided to do the experiment on our own towels here in the tub," Jared said.

The Facebook posts garnered over 30,000 comments, with people exclaiming, "OMG! I need to clean my towels now!" Others expressed concerns about the cleanliness of towels in hotels.

Some argued that the mixture had simply stripped the color out of the towels rather than hidden dirt, with one commenter writing, "It's a chemical that brought most of the dye out of the towels."

However, another user countered this argument, stating, "I've done it with pure white clothes and gotten this result."

In response to the post, one commenter suggested that grime wouldn't build up if towels were washed on a higher temperature.

"If you wash your clothing and towels properly each time, stripping is unnecessary and this won't happen. This is what happens when you always wash on 30/quick wash!"

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