• 5 Ways to Keep Your Towels Bright and Fluffy...Forever!

    by Billy Somaia ,
     


    5 Quick Fixes to Keep Your Towels Fresh and Fluffy.

     

    There's nothing like getting out of the shower and being enveloped by a soft, fluffy towel. But how do you keep that box-fresh feeling wash after wash while making sure your linens always look their best?

     


    Simple – just follow our top tips.

     

     

     

    Wash Towels in Warm Water

    Cleanse towels using medium-hot water rather than putting them on an energy-saving cold wash. Detergent needs heat to help break it down, which stops soap from caking on your towels and minimises the harsh feeling this can result in.

    It’s also important to avoid washing too many items at one time. If your machine is overfilled, it won’t have enough room to rinse the detergent from your towels.

     

    Reduce the Amount of Detergent You Use

    A build up of soap powder is a big contributor to brittle towels. Reduce the usage of your cleansing agent by 50% and add half a cup of baking soda to the detergent slot on your washing machine. Switch it on a long cycle and wait for this active ingredient to loosen the fibres up and soften your towels. As an added bonus, it's also excellent for removing damp smells on materials.

     

    Soak New Towels in Vinegar

    To lock in colour and keep the dye of brightly-hued towels from bleeding, soak them in a vinegar solution. Put half a cup of vinegar, a tablespoon of salt and 1.5 litres water in a bowl with the towel. If there’s any colour in the water when you rinse the towel, repeat the process again. Make sure not to do this with towels of different colours, however, as the different colours may mix together.

    While it's important not to tumble dry towels too much as it can stiffen them up, don't peg them on the line in the baking-hot sun, either – this bleaches bright materials. Line drying can work well as a natural lightener for white towels, however.

     

    Avoid Fabric Softener

    It may seem counterintuitive when you’re trying to fluff up your towels, but it’s best to avoid fabric softener as it includes silicon. Silicon makes materials water repellent, so your towels won't get a deep enough wash over time.

     

    Just Make Your Own!

    A household ingredient comes to the rescue again. Every month and a half, use a cup of white vinegar to remove any harshness-inducing residue on your towels. As well as bringing back their sumptuous softness, this magical liquid also boosts their absorbency. Pop the towels into the machine on a regular wash, but make sure to add the vinegar into the soap drawer. You can also throw in a couple of essential oils and some baking soda for an even more effective, sweet-smelling result.

     

    What are your tricks for keeping towels in tip-top condition? Let us know in the comments box below!

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