7 Simple Towel Care Tips for Great Smelling, Feeling, and Longer-Lasting Bath Towels

Sheri Reed
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towels drying line clotheslineWashing and drying bath towels is simple business, I suppose. However, sometimes in a busy household, the look, smell, and feel of towels in the bathroom become a pretty low priority.

But then again, no one can argue about the immense pleasure of having a great-smelling, fluffy towel when you emerge from the shower, right?

We've gathered seven easy tips for keeping your towels looking, smelling, and feeling their best and for making your bath towels last longer.

7 Simple Towel Care Tips

Wash before first use: Make sure to wash brand-new towels in warm or hot water before using to eliminate extra dyes and residues from manufacturing. Some manufacturers even use a special fabric softener on towels to make them look extra fluffy and soft on the shelf, but these reduce absorbency.

Wash less frequently: Your towels will last longer if you wash them less. Mrs. Meyers suggests using towels three or four times before washing. Make sure to hang them up to dry between uses, too. Moist towels in a ball on the floor or in a hamper are just asking for mildew smell, mold, and bacteria.

Prevent smelly towels: Overloading your washing machine can prevent bath towels from getting really clean and fresh smelling. Wash fewer towels at a time, and use a high water-level setting and even a second rinse. Move towels promptly to the dryer. For a fresher airy scent, move them promptly to an outdoor clothesline to dry. EASY TIP: If you frequently forget clothes in the washer, set a timer as a reminder.

If these tips don't help the stink, wash your towels in hot water and add a half-cup of baking soda or washing soda (can be found in the laundry aisle).

Avoid high dryer heat: Steer clear of high heat settings if you use the dryer. High heat can damage the towel's fabric after awhile.

Increase absorbency: Don't use fabric softener or dryer sheets with your bath towels. They coat and thus diminish the absorbency of the fibers.

Keep towels fluffy: Use less detergent or a milder detergent such as borax. You may also add a one-quarter cup of white vinegar or baking soda to the wash, which can remove detergent residues and buildup.

Get fluffier line-dried towels: Domestic wonder Martha Stewart suggests a precise but simple hanging method: drape one short end over the line and clip. She also suggests giving the towel a good sharp snap once it's dry.

Then, if all else fails, toss the towels in the dryer while still a bit damp, for about five minutes to fluffen them up.

Do you have any towel care secrets to share?

 

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