OK, you've got a set of beautiful, plush towels in your bathroom, but do you know how to keep them looking (and feeling) great?
It's important to take proper care of your bath, face and hand towels to extend their life and keep them fresh, healthy and absorbent. Here are some important towel tips you need to know.
- Never Use Fabric Softener. It's a common myth that using fabric softener will enhance the look and softness of towels. In fact, towels hate fabric softener. It leaves a silicon residue on the fibres that will cause the towel to become much less absorbent.
- Wash New Towels Before Use. It's good practise to throw new towels in for a wash before you use them. This will get rid of any finishes from the manufacturing process and ensure maximum absorbency. Add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to lock in the colour and remove any excess detergent, which can prevent the towel from absorbing water when you use it.
- Give it Space to Dry Completely. Using a towel that's still wet from the last time you used it isn't ideal. If this is a regular occurrence, chances are the towel is not getting enough ventilation where its being hung. Towels that don't dry properly can develop mildew and start to smell, which is not the kind of thing you want to be rubbing over your body after a shower.
- Use a New One Every 3 -5 Showers. Throwing used towels into the wash every 3 - 5 uses (or at the very least, once a week) is important for good hygiene. Towels get dirty, just like anything else, and can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Only Use Half the Amount of Detergent. Using extra detergent doesn't make towels more clean. In fact, too much soap when washing can damage towels and make them less fluffy. Using half a cap of detergent is about right for a load of towels, or if you're washing extra luxurious towels, you may want to use a mild detergent.
- Wash towels together. Where possible, put a separate load of towels on together. This will stop the towels from pilling (where the fibres bunch together to create nubs or 'pills' on the towel).
- Use Baking Soda to Combat Odours. If towels have been left in a heap on the bedroom floor for a while or left wet inside a bag, they may start to develop a musty smell. Throw smelly towels in a separate wash with half a cup of baking soda and your regular detergent.
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