I have some old cloth napkins (polyester/blend) that were my grandmother's and dish cloths (all cotton) that we use every day. I've noticed that my front-loader doesn't get them fresh-smelling, and if you sniff while they're still warm from the dryer, the napkins especially smell like old grease. It's very faint, and unnoticeable when we're using them at the table, but I don't like that they smell at all.
I've tried stripping them a la my cloth diaper routine (cold wash/rinse in vinegar, hot wash with detergent and borax or oxygen bleach, cold rinse with vinegar) but it doesn't work. We are going away for a few days and I'm considering throwing them all in the tub with some oxygen bleach to see if a long soak will help. (I'm not hopeful, but I don't know what else to do.)
Any ideas? Bonus points if you can get the stains out, too! ;-)