Although some experts recommend professional dry-cleaning for down and other fluffy bedding items, it is generally safe to wash them, either in the machine on gentle cycle or by hand. Here are some nifty tips from "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook" on how to keep your pillows and comforters looking like new.
Going to try this... Strip towels of detergent buildup and make them smell brand new. Wash towels in hot water with one cup distilled white vinegar. Wash towels again in hot water with 1/2 cup baking soda. Run through dryer and towels smell better than ever!