A Basic Guide to Softest and Fluffy Hotel-Worthy Towels
Buying a set of new towels will instantly lift the feel of your bathroom. However, for most of us our towels tend to go from hotel fresh to grimy and tattered in a short space of time. Here are helpful tips for keeping towels soft and fluffy and even hotel-fresh all season.
Tips for Keeping Towels Soft and Fluffy
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Alternate your towels
Ideally, you want to wash your towels every three or four uses, so the easiest way to do this is to alternate between two towels per week, washing them all together to save time. Bath towels will begin to smell after a few showers, especially if they’re not aired out. Remember to also take into consideration your type of work (i.e. outdoor or physically demanding) as this will mean you should be washing them more regularly.
That’s right, most of the time stinky towels aren’t the result of failing to wash them enough but using too much detergent. Always follow the exact amount recommended for detergent, as more isn’t better in this case. Over time, soap residue will result in your towels losing their absorption. You can tell if you’re guilty of this by smelling your damp fresh towel straight after use. If they smell bad, soap residue is likely to blame. Fix this by running your towels in a hot load twice, once with half a cup of vinegar and then again with half cup of baking soda. If you’re ready to go all natural and skip detergent altogether, consider investing in an eco-friendly laundry ball such as a Nano Smart or a Miracle II laundry ball.
Go for cold water
Although your mom and her mom before her probably taught you to wash your towels in warm or even hot water, use cold water to prevent your towels from shrinking, becoming stiff and losing their original color. It’s also a good idea to wash your towels separately from your clothes to avoid pilling.
Skip the fabric softener
Although they can smell great and might make your towels feel soft and fluffy in the short term, like detergent, over time, fabric softener will leave a buildup of residue on your towels, making the fiber less supple. For a fluffy towel every time, pop a tennis ball in your dryer. You can use this trick for sheets and duvet covers too. If you can’t go past scenting your towels, do it with a linen spritz instead.
Don’t over dry
In winter, there’s nothing more satisfying than jumping out of the shower to a piping hot towel straight from the dryer; however, if you want your towels to go the distance, it’s best to take them out of the dryer when they’re around three-quarters dry and finishing them off on the line.
Know when to start fresh
We try hard looking for tips for keeping towels soft and fluffy so we don’t have to get rid of them, but once your towel reaches a point where you feel a little repulsed using it or that musty smell just won’t quit, then it’s time to let go.