Time takes its toll on all fabrics, but especially towels, which are subject to constant changes in both temperature and humidity.
As the material wears, you’ll notice your towels become rough and scratchy if you don’t take steps to prevent it.
Why do towels get scratchy?
Hard water contains minerals that stick to the fibers
This causes towels to lose their softness to the point that they are scratchy on the skin if preventative measures aren’t taken.
Fabric softeners contain lubricants and silicone
These substances form a film that prevents fibers from absorbing water. Although it seems a little paradoxical as fabric softeners initially help soften towels, but in the long term, they will cause the opposite effect.
Ironing ages the fibers
As we all know, high temperatures can cause items to deteriorate faster, while keeping them cool prolongs their useful life. So if you’re one of those people who has to iron everything to perfection, do it when the iron is almost cool.
We don’t allow them to air out enough
If you dry your towels outside, shake them every now and then to circulate the air.
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5 tricks for soft towels
1. Prewash with lemon and vinegar before putting in the washer
Before you wash your towels, try using a prewash with cold water to which you’ll add a splash of lemon juice and vinegar.
Don’t worry about the smell, as it will dissipate. Just wash your towels in the washer as you normally would. After washing, you won’t be able to detect the smell of either of these ingredients, but you’ll notice how much softer your towels feel.
2. Avoid using chemical fabric softeners
As we mentioned above, the initial benefits of these products are what eventually leads to scratchy towels. They create an invisible barrier that prevents the fibers from absorbing water as they should.
3. Add ammonia and vinegar to the wash cycle
Ammonia prevents detergents from adhering to fabrics, while vinegar has the same effect on the minerals found in hard water.
The double action of these two ingredients is a guarantee for soft towels.
4. Don’t use so much detergent
We’ve all heard the phrase that “less is more,” and that’s especially true when it comes to using laundry soaps and detergents. Using too much can actually leave them with residues.
Using some of the tricks above, just a small amount of detergent is enough to keep your towels feeling soft.
5. Don’t overload the machine
For these tips and tricks to work, you’ll need to be careful with how much you wash in a load because larger loads can render these remedies less effective.
All the towels rubbing together in an overloaded machine will make them lose their softness.
Is drying important for soft towels?
The answer is yes, much more than you might think.
Put a tennis ball in the dryer with your clothes. It will help soften towels and keep them from rubbing together.
If you don’t have a dryer, here’s another tip to help you.
- Don’t expose the towels to high temperatures for an extended period of time because it will harden the fabric.
- Remember what we said at the beginning: shake them every now and then while air drying to help them breathe.
With these tricks, you’re sure to have comfortably soft towels and save money on soap at the same time.
Try these tips today, you won’t regret it. Are you ready?