We all love the feeling of wrapping ourselves in a plush, fluffy towel, but over time, and due to some common user error, they can lose their magic. So if you’re ready to take your towel care to the next level, we’ve compiled our ultimate guide to revive your towels and have them feeling brand new again.
How to Make Your Towels More Absorbent
Ever wonder why your towels just aren’t soaking up the way they used to? It might be your laundry detergent playing tricks on you. If your detergent has built-in fabric softeners, it’s time to switch it up. Softeners actually create a water-repelling coating on your towels, hindering absorbency.
Run your towels through a warm water and vinegar cycle (1 cup of plain white vinegar) to eliminate softening agents
Follow up with a warm water and bicarb cycle (½ cup of bicarb soda) for extra fluffiness
How to Make Towels Soft and Keep Them Soft
Say goodbye to stiff scratchy towels! It’s not rocket science, but there’s a method to the madness of towel softness.
- Always wash your towels separately to avoid lint and friction from other fabrics
- Use a quarter of your regular detergent and increase the water temperature to warm
- For emergency measures (if your towel has started feeling like a loofah!), add ½ cup of bicarb soda to your detergent and finish with a vinegar rinse
- Dry in a dryer, or if you don’t have one, make sure to give them a good shake before and after line-drying for optimal fluffiness
How to Remove Lint From Towels
Is lint driving you up the wall? Follow these easy steps to bid farewell to fuzz and embrace fluffy towel goodness.
- When you first unpack your towels, give them a good shake to remove loose lint
- For new towels, use the dryer on low heat BEFORE washing
- Wash with bicarb or vinegar to break down excess lint
- Avoid overloading the machine, and ditch fabric softeners
- Then shake, shake and shake again!
How to Dry Your Towels Faster
After your shower or bath, if you have a heated towel rail, make sure to use it to your advantage and spread those towels out for quick drying. If you’re not lucky enough to have a heated rail, still make sure to spread your towels out on a rail - skip the hooks - to ensure optimal airflow, preventing moisture building and guaranteeing a swift dry.
In colder climates, position your towel rack (or use a clothes horse) strategically in front of a window to tap into the sun’s natural drying powers. Quick, efficient and always fresh - make every drying moment count!
And after a wash, when you throw your towels in the dryer, toss in a couple of wool balls. These little heroes naturally soften and fluff your towels while they’re drying, ensuring your plushest, fluffiest towels yet.
How to Remove Stains From White Towels
Makeup stains or tanning lotion mishaps? Fear not, we’ve got you covered.
For Makeup Stains:
- Apply a mix of dishwashing liquid and micellar water to the stain
- Let it sit for 30 minutes
- Wash with ½ cup of bicarb soda as well as your detergent
- Line dry for a fresh finish
For Tanning Lotion Stains:
- Act quickly – make a paste with ½ cup of bicarb soda and water
- Apply the paste to the stain and wait 30 minutes
- Wash as usual and dry in the sun
- dmire your stain-free, fresh-smelling towels!
There you have it - your guide to towel perfection! Follow these hacks, and your towels will thank you with fluffiness and freshness. Happy laundering!