Friends, can I ask you a personal question? I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable or dig too deep, but...
Do your towels smell?
So I'd never really known about the mildew-y, gross smell that towels can take on until I was a freshman in college and, when faced with doing my own laundry for the first time in my life, wasn't quite on top of my game. What on Earth is this smell my towels have taken on? Ah yes - it's mildew, and it's because I haven't done laundry all semester.
As my college years went on, I got better with the laundry situation in general, and also learned to air out my towels better between uses.
But lo and behold, after I graduated college I was reacquainted with the smell - at Jonathan's house! Now, ok - when we first started dating, Jonathan had lived alone for awhile and hadn't yet learned to be the neat, tidy man he is today. So maybe we'll chalk the smell up to less-than-ideal laundry practices.
But about a year into our relationship, I bought him a whole new set of towels. And from that point, it was decided they would be properly aired out after use and washed on a regular schedule. And! Well... They still started to smell after a couple months!
It is the weirdest thing, you guys, and I don't know what causes it or what to do about it. But our towels, despite how often we wash them or if we completely air them out to dry after each use, smell like mildew. So much so that we still don't use the nice, new set of towels we got as a wedding present because we don't want to ruin them.
The circulation in our bathroom is really bad. It also holds humidity a lot after each shower. So I'm wondering if that has something to do with it? But the weird thing is that Jonathan's denoted "towel drying spot" is outside of the bathroom, so wouldn't his at least be free of the smell? And on the same note, I keep my terrycloth bathrobe hanging on the back of the bathroom door and it doesn't smell, which, you would think it would if the bathroom itself was the problem.
So, do you guys deal with this too? If not, how often do you wash your towels? Do you replace them the second you start to get the smell - and if so, how often are you replacing towels?
Never never never did the towels at my house smell when I was growing up, although my mom was pretty much superwoman when it came to home cleanliness, so I wouldn't really expect they would. But also, our house was relatively new (compared to our house now), so I'm wondering if circulation was better there than it is here?