Cleaning Stinky Towels The Better Way Add your normal soap, then put in about 1/4 cup of Lysol (Not Lysol with bleach) I use the lavender scent...it smells great! Run the cycle on the hottest setting and then dry without a dryer sheet. I am so much happier using this method! I like knowing that 99% of the stinky germs have been killed when I wash my towels this way. I think it prevents the gross stuff from ever growing and eliminates ever having stinky towels again. Hurray!