After a while, our nice soft new towels start to feel rough and scratchy. And, have you ever had the problem of the having a mildewy smell even after washing them? Frustrating isn’t it?! Well, today, I have 5 tips for softer towels that will make your towels feel soft and fresh as the day you bought them!
5 Tips for Softer Towels
1. Vinegar – The first way we can make our old towels like new is by looking at our old friend plain white distilled vinegar. Just toss your towels into the wash with a single cup of vinegar and let it run. If the vinegar scent is too much for you, just put the towels through another wash without the vinegar. The vinegar will cut old detergent residue from the towels.
2. Wind Drying – The second way you can have softer towels is a rather old-fashioned method of drying your clothes. Just wait around for a nice, windy day and hang your clothes out on a clothesline outside. Try mixing this drying method with the vinegar washing method; it just might make your towels even softer! Plus, who doesn’t like the scent of fresh line dried towels?
3. Brushing – This next method is a little unorthodox, and it doesn’t involve washing or drying. Go and grab a big brush, maybe you can clean off Fido’s expensive pet-brush or you can grab the giant styling brush you got for your birthday, and lay your towel flat on a bed. Using long strokes in one direction, brush the entire side of your towel, flip it over, and brush it again. If you did it right, your towels should be as soft as the day you bought them home.
4. Baking Soda – You know this is one of my favorites! When our towels have become stiffer than plywood, baking soda can help restore the softness they had on the day you bought them! To soften your towels, just mix roughly half a cup in with your detergent before running the washing machine. As an added bonus, considering baking soda’s reputation for making anything smell good, those sweaty, smelly gym towels will smell bearable once again.
5. Tennis Balls – Now, this one may sound a little weird but it’s proven to be effective in most cases. Go out to your local sports supply store and buy a few tennis balls, and toss them in with your towels; the slight bouncing of the balls will knock out lumps and fluff your towels a slight bit (You’ll still have to do some fluffing but, hey; they just softened up your towels for you…). If you’re willing to shell out a little bit more money, dryer balls are a great way to soften your clothes and cut down on dryer time thus saving you money on utilities!
I’m not going to go on the record here and say DON’T use fabric softeners, you can still use them. But, remember not to use fabric softeners in excess. Too too much will start to dull the effect over time. Another tip is to put less towels into your machine at a time; it’s better on the machine and it increases the effectiveness of the methods mentioned.