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Musty smell especially in towels

When towels are dampened or wet the towels smell musty.  I've tried febreez, tide odor detergent - and still nothing.

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Once towels have had mold grow on them, it's unlikely you will ever get rid of that smell. You can usually tell a towel has had mold grow by discolorations on solid color towels. You probably need to start over with new towels, make sure they are washed and dried frequently and that they don't stay damp for long after showering. If you live in a humid climate, a towel warming rack will help with drying.

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