How To Keep Your Towels Soft and Plush? Try These 10 Awesome Tips
Have you ever wondered why towels feel so nice and velvety in a store, but just after a few washes they end up feeling harsh and rough? Hard water and friction wear down the towel fabric. Proper towel care not only extends the life of your towels but also keeps them feeling soft and fleecy. Therefore, we have put together some useful tips that can help you prolong the softness of your towels.
Wash Before Use – Always wash new towels before using them. This washes off the towel finish and improves absorbency. Make sure you wash all the white towels together. Do not wash them with white shirts or sheets.
Read Before Washing – Always read the label with care instructions of the towel before washing it. For example, if the label says ‘No Chlorine Bleach’, then you should not bleach the towel. Likewise, the temperature instructions mentioned on the label should be diligently followed.
Avoid Fabric Softeners – Fabric softeners usually do not work well with towels. They can damage the towel fibers making them stiff while also reducing the absorbing capacity.
Avoid Cosmetics – A towel often comes into contact with various skin care products. It is advisable to avoid contact with cosmetics and skin care products since they increase the chances of bleaching and spotting.
Wash in Warm Water– Towels should always be washed at more than 30 degrees Celsius. Warm water dissolves detergents better and avoids build up on the towel. Warm water also helps in removing the heavy bacterial load from the towel.
Minimize Detergent Use – Detergents tend to leave a soapy residue on the towels which makes them stiff. Limit the use of detergents and add ½ cup of baking soda to the detergent. This will soften and remove residue from the fibers. It will also eliminate nasty odors that may have built up over time.
Do Not Wash Many Towels at a Time – Adding more than 3 towels at a time reduces your washer’s ability to freely clean and remove dirt. It also cuts down on space which is essential to rinse out all the dirt and detergent from the towels. Even dryers work the same way, hence overloading is a strict no-no.
Wash with Vinegar – Vinegar removes residual build- up on your towels that may have been created from your body oil, dirt and laundry detergent. You can add this every six weeks. Simply wash the towels the regular way, then rewash them using vinegar.
Use Tumble Dryer – All hotel towels are tumble dried, no wonder why they feel so soft and fluffy. However excessive tumble drying can wear down the fabric due to heat. Use a lower heat setting to dry. You can also pop a clean tennis ball into the dryer with the towels. The movements make the towels fluffier.
Remove Hard Water Before Drying – Shake off excessive water from washed towels. Gently snap the towel to remove water before adding it to the dryer. The less the water, the lower the mineral build up will be in the towel.