7 tips to ensure your towels stay soft and fluffy after a wash
Never have a crusty towel ever again!
Have your towels gone hard and crusty until they leave you wondering how to get towels soft and fluffy again? The reason for this is actually due to the build-up of detergent and silicone residues in your towels. But don't worry, there is a way to reverse this so that your towels go back to being soft and fluffy again!
The biggest culprit for stiff towels is detergent build up. By cutting back on how much detergent you use and adding a splash of vinegar to your machine’s rinse cycle, your towels would soften with less soap residue.
A slightly warmer temperature water is ideal when washing towels. It really helps break down the detergent, leaving less buildup on your towels. Alternatively, you can also let detergent dissolve in the washer first before adding towels. Start the wash cycle, add your detergent and wait a minute or two for the water and detergent to mix before adding in your towels.
A lot of us might not be aware of this, but fabric softeners contain silicon that could make towels water repellent. As a result, the towels don't actually get a really good wash. A great tip to solve this is to use one cup of white vinegar about every six weeks in place of the conventional softener. The vinegar serves as double-duty because not only will it remove the soapy residue that makes towels feel rough, it will also bring back softness while restoring your towels to full absorbency. Not to mention, it will also remove other odours from inside your washing machine. Simply run the towels through a regular washing cycle, then redo them using vinegar instead of soap.
Baking soda is a common staple in every home and is a key ingredient when it comes to getting the fibres in your towels to relax. It does this by removing remnants of chemicals and grime. As a result, your towels will become so much softer and smell cleaner because baking soda also eliminates musty odours. Another great plus point about using baking soda in the wash is that your washing machine will also get cleaned up too in the process. Just mix half a cup of baking soda together with your washing detergent measure and that should do the trick.
A common mistake is to overload your washing machine with too many towels. Not only does this put a strain on your washing machine, but it also leaves little room for dirt and detergent to rinse out from your towels. The same goes for your dryer. If you overload it, there won’t be enough air in the dryer to properly fluff up your towels resulting in stiff, matted towels, instead of soft, fluffy ones. For most standard machines, try two or three bath towels at a time, along with hand towels and washcloths.
Chucking in a couple of new tennis balls or dryer balls into the dryer will help remove lumps while softening and fluffing your towels.
It is true that people usually stick towels into their dryers to make them fluffier. However, the heat from the dryer can also break down fibres and damage your towels over time.
To reduce wear and tear, you can turn down the heat by using a lower setting or try alternate between air drying and tumble drying. Or, you can also hang your towels on the line until they are partially dry, then finish them up in the dryer on a cool setting. Just remember to shake the towels out afterwards to fluff up the fibres before hanging them.
Now that you know how to care for your towel and how to make it soft and fluffy again, you shouldn't have crusty matted towels anymore from now on. Good luck!