Nothing is more pleasurable than stepping out of a soothing shower and cocooning yourself in a soft, fluffy towel. However, most house towels lose their softness with frequent washing. The reason for this is the laundry detergent residues. A majority of people use too much detergent while washing their house towels and the washing machine is unable to remove all traces of the detergent. But you can use these simple tricks to make your coarse and stiff house towels extra soft and fluffy.
1. Rinse with distilled white vinegar
When you wash your towels, they will have detergent residues that will make the towels stiff and coarse, as mentioned earlier. You can restore the softness by adding a cup or two of distilled white vinegar into the washing machine during the rinse cycle. This will break down the detergent residue and make the fibres fluffy and ultra-soft.
2. Wash with baking soda
When you are washing your house towels, add half a cup of baking soda to your laundry detergent. It will help remove traces of grime and detergent residues from the towel and also loosen the fibres. This, in turn, will make your towels soft. The good news is that any musty odour in the towels will also disappear with baking soda.
3. Dry with tennis balls
When you are running the washing machine dryer, throw in two to three new tennis balls along with the towels. The bouncing of the balls inside the dryer will not only remove lumps but also fluff up the towels, making them extra soft and smooth.
4. Wash in warm water
When washing your towels, increase the water temperature to about body temperature. This will ensure the water absorbs the detergent, thereby preventing the detergent from sticking to the fibres of the towel. It is best to dissolve your laundry detergent in the washer before you add the towels. You should start the wash cycle and allow the soap to dissolve. This will take a minute or two. After that add the towels to the warm soapy water.
5. Reduce the amount of detergent
Adding more detergent will not make your towels cleaner. Instead, it will make your towels stiff. It’s best to reduce the amount of detergent when washing towels. Make it less than the recommended amount.
6. Reduce the washing machine load
Rather than washing all the house towels together, look to wash them in batches. This will ensure there is sufficient room in the washing machine to rinse out the towels thoroughly. You shouldn’t be washing more than three towels at a time. The same logic holds true for tumble drying the towels. If you are worried about the load, wash hand towels and washcloths along with the towels.
Use these simple but valuable tricks to keep your house towels extra soft, and you will never have to worry about the coarse fibres wreaking havoc with your delicate skin.