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Joe Gartland, owner of Towels by Dr. Joe, said it is always a good idea to wash towels, whether cotton or microfiber, with a half cup of detergent and a half cup of white, distilled vinegar. The detergent is perfect for removing the soil that ends up on towels when drying a car.
Gartland recommended using the vinegar as well for three reasons. First, it will dissolve hydrocarbon grease that comes from the rocker panels and car sides. Next, it will kill the growth of odor causing bacteria and make towels smell fresh. Finally, it will release lint from the towel. "It's a very inexpensive, simple washing chemical that works like magic," he said. "It works like a charm."