Fresh-smelling washcloths and dish rags
Do you have any tips for keeping your bathroom towels and washcloths from getting stinky? It's so humid where I live that it seems they get stinky after just one or two uses, and when I pile them up in a laundry basket to get enough to do a load then they get really stinky and still seem to have a bit of an off smell even after I wash them.
I wish that after this plea for help, I no longer had to deal with stinky dish cloths!
Every night before bed, I wring out my dish rag and hang it on the stove to dry. It's usually almost dry by morning, and then can be put in the dirty laundry basket (a great chore for Eliyahu!). I get a clean dish cloth out every morning.
I even got out some new dish rags that had been a wedding gift, so I'd be starting with fresh, clean rags.
I think perhaps part of my problem is our climate and how much humidity we have...
So I have just been using a little bit of bleach (maybe a tablespoon or so) in every other load of whites, and that keeps things smelling nice. I wish I could find something other than using bleach, but I had gotten tired of trying so desperately, only to pull wet cloths out of my washer and smell mildew on them!
Our bath towels survive all right because we use thinner towels and I hang them single-layer (not folded over) to dry after using... and with a smaller family, our bathroom isn't in constant use so it does dry out well enough despite not having an exhaust fan (we live in a rental).
Those of you who live in damp environments -- what do you do about wash cloths, dish rags, and towels? Do you use bleach in your laundry, or do you have some other trick? :)