Soft and fluffy towels look beautiful on a shelf in the bathroom. In order for them to remain so throughout the entire period of use, it is necessary not only to properly care for them, but above all to choose the right quality. The softness and fluffiness of towels also depend on the quality and composition of the material. Towels made from natural fibers such as cotton or bamboo tend to have a softer, fluffier texture.
How to wash terry towels?
How and with what to wash towels, how to dry and store them so that they remain soft, smell beautiful and absorb water well?
If done incorrectly, it can lead to the fact that they quickly become rough and lose their properties. By following a few simple rules, they will not only be perfectly clean, but also perfectly soft.
Note! New terry towels should be washed before first use. This will remove the remnants of the chemical components used in their production, excess dyes and threads present on the surface of the towels. Before the first wash, soak the towels in cold water for several hours, then the fibers will open, so that they will perfectly absorb moisture.
Towels should be washed separately from other clothes because they harm each other. Clothing with zippers, buckles, buttons will pull fibers and damage textiles. On the other hand, heavy towels soaked in water can damage delicate fabrics.
How to make towels soft and fluffy? When washing a terry towel, you can try the following methods. Separate towels by color and degree of soiling. Whites are washed separately from colors to avoid stains or overpainting.
Note! Do not overload the washing machine. The capacity of the machine must allow free movement of the laundry during washing. The washing machine is loaded with a maximum of half, then the towels will be perfectly clean and well rinsed.
Select a special wash cycle for towels. For example, the “delicate wash” or “towels, large items” mode, following the instructions for the product regarding the washing temperature. It is not recommended to wash them at 90°C. The fabric fibers will irrevocably lose their elasticity, become rough and unpleasant to the touch.
It is generally recommended to use warm water between 40° C and 60° C for terry towels. Washing in this way has the advantage that powder or other detergents can be washed off more easily with very warm water.
Choose a gentle spin or leave the towels slightly damp to keep them fluffy.
What to add when washing towels for softness?
The softness of the towels also depends on the quality of the water and the type of detergent. For towels, it is recommended to use washing gels or capsules. Powders easily penetrate the material and are difficult to rinse thoroughly, so their use is not recommended. The type of liquid or capsule should match the color of the towels so that they do not turn gray and lose their color.
Use a sufficient amount of laundry detergent. Pour the minimum amount of gel into the washing machine drawer or place only one capsule in the washing machine drum.
Avoid using detergents with bleaches. They can be aggressive and cause a loss of fluffiness and softness, reducing the ability of towels to absorb water.
In hard water, detergents are poorly washed out of fabrics. If the water is hard, use only liquid detergents in minimal quantities.
Vinegar for soft towels. Add fabric softener or white vinegar to the rinse compartment. This will help soften the fibers and remove detergent residue.
Proper drying of towels
Equally important is the correct way of drying towels. You can dry them in the dryer. If using a dryer, choose a low or medium drying temperature, avoiding overdrying the towels to keep them soft and voluminous. You can add a few clean tennis balls to the dryer to help soften the fabric and loosen the lint.
If you don’t have a tumble dryer, you can dry them outdoors or, in extreme cases, indoors. Before hanging each towel, shake it thoroughly and smooth it out so that wrinkles do not form.
It is preferable to air dry towels instead of using a dryer. This will allow the towels to become more fluffy and soft. An overloaded dryer can cause towels to curl and become less fluffy.[/caption]
Frequency of washing towels
Towels should be washed as often as necessary. It depends on the intensity of their use in the bathroom. Hand towels get wet very quickly, so you have to wash them even every 2-3 days. After each use, the bath towel should be thoroughly dried and hung on a hanger.
Towels to iron or not?
Towels cannot be ironed. When ironing, the fibers are crushed and flattened, as a result of which the towel loses its softness. To avoid wrinkling, after taking them out of the washing machine, shake them well and hang them carefully on a dryer or clothesline.
Storage of towels
After washing and drying, proper storage can also help keep terry towels fluffy. Fold them neatly or hang them on a hanger to avoid wrinkling.
Open, well-ventilated cabinets or shelves are best suited for storage – this prevents dampness and the formation of an unpleasant musty smell.
How to restore softness and fluffiness to towels?
If necessary, carry out periodic refreshment of terry towels, using otset or special laundry fresheners, following the instructions on the package. This will help eliminate odors and restore softness to the towels.
After washing the towels, you can soak for additional softening. In a bath of warm water and add some mild fabric softener. Immerse towels in water and leave them for 15-30 minutes. Then rinse them in clean water and squeeze out excess moisture.
Mild fabric softener is a good idea for adding softness, but it can create a film on the fabric that reduces absorbency. Therefore, to maintain the absorbency of towels, it is best to avoid using conditioner.
Additional Information! To make towels soft and fluffy after washing, you can periodically use an ocet to restore softness. Add about 1/2 cup of white vinegar to warm water. Place towels in water and leave for 15-30 minutes. Then rinse in clean water and squeeze. Ocet helps to remove detergent residue and softens the fabric of towels.
The vinegar will help soften the fabric and remove detergent residue, making towels softer and fluffier.
By following these guidelines, you can keep your terry towels fluffy and soft even after repeated washes.