Beach Towels Hack: How To Make It Last
It's officially Summer. Which means longer nights, ice cold drinks, spending hours in places people would rather be and embracing the call of the sea (Fact: the closer an Australian lives in proximity to the beach, the closer they are generationally speaking to our mermaid ancestors' #fact). It is a rookie mistake to show up at the beach or really any large body of water sans' Towel so for many, this time of year means cracking out the beach towels that have been knocking around the linen cupboard, pushed away and back during the colder months of the year. Those bright coloured loud fabrics now have time to shine (or dry...).
Your beach towels should be lasting you for a solid 5 years. "That seems long". Not if you're buying quality beach towels and storing them correctly.
Wash your new towels before you use them
I know it sounds counter-productive; it’s understandable to think that if you’re going for longevity you should be washing them less, not more. And I know I’m guilty of the "I just bought it, why do I need to wash it?" mentality.
Wash your new towels before use to remove any dyes and residues leftover from the manufacturing process it will also help remove chemicals that may reduce absorbency.
Avoid using fabric softeners (like the plague) as they coat the fabric and make it less absorbent over time, but do tumble dry on a low heat to maintain softness and then remove promptly. Using Vinegar or Baking Soda as natural fabric softeners won't reduce the quality of your beautiful towels.
(THOROUGHLY) remove sand
When you've finished at the beach, shake your towel thoroughly to remove any sand and then hang to air dry so the wind can remove any excess. If you really want to make sure there are no little sand particles hanging around you can hand vacuum your towel or soak it in warm soapy water to make sure it is thoroughly cleaned.
If this sounds like too much work after each beach trip, then you need to get yourself one of our extra large deluxe cotton velour beach towels #shamelessplug, which are sheared in such a way to ensure no sand is held or trapped. Take advantage of this engineering by making sure you lay the velvety velour side on the sand so the terry looped side is facing up (the side with the loop-y bits on it). This will both be comfier and keep the sand stick-age to a minimum.
Wash towels separately
Separate your towels and clothes when you do washing to ensure colours do not run, because even the most expensive high-quality linens could still have slight problems with over-colouring. Avoid chemicals that could damage your towels, such as fabric softener and bleach. "you've said that already..." And I’m going to keep saying it.
Fabric Softener = bad.
Bleach = OMG BAD. YOU USE IT TO CLEAN TOILETS AND WASH AWAY BLOOD.DUDE.
Don’t get me wrong whilst every effort is made post, pre and during production to ensure dyes are solid and that colours won't run - it's better to be safe than sorry. Not to mention beach towels are notorious for being brightly and heavily dyed so if anything is going to run it'll be the beach towels.
Always wash before storing
Don't put your beach towel away unless it's been properly washed so you can remove any stains that might be hiding in the bright colours and to prevent and residing sand becoming embedded.
If you notice loose threads on your beach towels, ensure your clip them with scissors before they begin to unravel. If there are any loops that have pulled cut the loop at the root - it'll prevent it from getting caught and pulled further and it’ll stop the loop from turning into a bald patch on your towel.
Then when storing beach towels make sure the space is dry and out of direct light, as over time exposure to direct sunlight can cause discolouration.