How to Soften New Cotton Towels

Written by kaye morris
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New towels soften over time with use and washing, but the initial chaffing from the rough fabric can be uncomfortable and irritate sensitive skin. Fabric softeners are a big no-no because they reduce the absorbency of the towels, and washing the towels 20 or more times before you use them is a waste of time and money. Here is a method that not only softens new cotton towels but also helps prevent colour fading.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Color-safe laundry detergent
  • Vinegar

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  1. 1

    Place the towels in the washing machine, and set the machine for a regular wash cycle. Use cool water for both the wash and rinse cycles.

  2. 2

    Add a colour-safe laundry detergent and start the washing machine.

  3. 3

    At the beginning of the rinse cycle, add 1 cup of vinegar to the towels. If you have more than one rinse cycle, add the vinegar during the last rinse cycle.

  4. 4

    Dry the towels on the highest dryer setting.

Tips and warnings

  • A cup of vinegar added during the last rinse cycle will also keep clothes free from static and lint.
  • Vinegar is also a good choice for killing bacteria on items such as cleaning rags and baby items.

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