How to wash towels to make them soft again

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How to wash towels to make them soft again
Soft, fluffy bath towels add to the luxury of a long, hot bath. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Soft towels in the bathroom are a pleasurable part of the bath experience. One of the best parts of going to a spa is the warm, soft towels used to wrap around your body following a treatment. Adding this spa feature to your bathroom is as simple as utilising a few tricks when washing your towels. Laundering bath towels with specific supplies and techniques ensures they come out soft, clean and fresh-smelling.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Washing powder
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Wool dryer ball
  • 2 drops essential oil (optional)
  • 3 or 4 unused tennis balls

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  1. 1

    Place towels in the water reservoir of the washing machine. Don't overload the washer with too many towels; this impedes the cleaning and softening process. Launder the towels with detergent and 1 cup baking soda to add a soft feel and fresh smell.

    How to wash towels to make them soft again
    Leave room in the washing machine so water can circulate around the towels. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)
  2. 2

    Add 1 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle of the washing machine. In addition to softening fabric, vinegar also freshens the towels and reduces static cling.

  3. 3

    Move the towels to the dryer. Use an environmentally-friendly wool dryer ball to soften towels and remove static electricity. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the dryer ball if you want towels to have a light scent.

  4. 4

    Toss three to four clean tennis balls in the dryer with the towels. As they move around together the balls fluff the fibres, making the towels softer.

    How to wash towels to make them soft again
    As tennis balls beat against the towels, fibres are fluffed and softened. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • If you prefer to line-dry your towels shake them vigorously before hanging to fluff fibres.
  • Clean towels after every two to three uses to prevent mould and mildew growth.
  • Purchase high-quality towels made from absorbent terry cloth. A few well-made towels are better than a closet full of cheap towels that fall apart quickly.

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