How to wash towels to make them soft again

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Things You'll 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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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.