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How to Keep Towels Soft in 6 Simple Steps

Want to know the secret to soft and fluffy towels? Keep reading to find out our 6 essential tips and never again will you have a stiff, uninviting towel to greet you after a shower or bath!

I’m sure we can all relate to the struggles of buying a luxurious new towel, but having the softness slowly wither away with each new wash. With just a few handy tips, you can keep your towels soft and fluffy even after plenty of washes.

First things first, why do towels go stiff?

Towels can feel hard due to build up of soap and detergent which causes a less absorbent layer on your towels. You may think that a lot of fabric softener and a hot wash will keep your towels fresh, but this can actually have the opposite effect.

But fret not. Because with our six tips you'll be well on your way to maintaining that fresh, new towel feeling for longer. 

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Towels on Heated Towel Rail

How to wash towels to keep them soft and fluffy

These 6 tricks will help to make your shower routine a little more luxurious and ensure your towels are at the envy of all your guests!

1.Washing Temperatures

You may think that hotter temperatures are better for cleaning clothes, but towels are best washed in temperatures around 30-40 degrees. Warm water absorbs detergent better, in turn leaving less chemical child up on your towels, which makes them feel stiff. Although washing your towels on higher temperatures is the most efficient way to get rid of germs, 30 or 40 degrees will still eliminate most of your bacteria and preserve your towels fibres.

2. Don’t Overfill the Machine

Putting too many towels in your washing machine at once won’t allow enough room to rinse out all the dirt and detergent. This is the general rule of thumb for all washing loads, including bed sheets, as the fabrics will need room to breathe. The optimum number is two or three bath towels at a time.

3. Cut the Fabric Softener and Try Vinegar

Fabric softener will coat the fibres of the towel and build up over time which causes towels to feel hard and become less absorbent. Soften with towels in a load of just vinegar once every few weeks to remove the soapy residue that causes your towels to feel hard. One cup of white vinegar will be enough for this process.

Soft Towels

4. Baking Soda

Replace fabric softener with baking soda to loosen the fibres of your towel. Baking soda not only helps to brighten up your towels and keeping them soft, but it also keeps odours at bay. Half a cup of baking soda per load will do the trick, along with your normal detergent. 

5. Skip the Tumble Dryer

Too much harsh heat can damage the cotton of your towels, which can be another reason why they feel hard. Try a lower heat setting or a shorter cycle of the tumble dryer if you’re using one. Line washing is the most environmentally friendly way to dry towels, so if you're drying them this way, you should shake the towels once they’ve dried to fluff them up.

6. Don't Store Towels in Stacks

Storing towels side by side instead of in stacks will ensure that the bottom towels aren't crushed by the ones above. To prevent this from happening, you can store towels on heated towel rails.

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Our Best Heated Towel Rails

No bathroom is complete without a quality heated towel rail! Keeping your towels warm will ensure they are dry and fluffy, ready for that post-shower dry off. Heated towel rails are the go-to choice for bathroom heating and will keep your room cosy and your towels warm and dry. No need to drape towels over chairs or leave them on top of beds - bathroom towel rails provide your towels with a dedicated home to return to. Take a look at some of our favourite modern heated towel rails below:

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You may need to repeat these steps a couple of times if your towels are especially crunchy, but with these top tips, you should be able to make use of what you have rather than splurging out on a whole new towel set!

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