How to make towels fluffy

Updated February 21, 2017

If you love towelling off with a soft, fluffy towel after you step out of the shower, keep your towels that way for as long as possible by adding a couple of extra steps to your laundry routine. Over time and with lots of washing and drying, towels can lose that soft quality. Restore that softness and fluffiness to your towels that have been washed many times and enjoy that fluffy feeling again.

Put the same amount of detergent you normally use in the washing machine. Make sure you aren't using too much detergent, which can result in build-up on your towels.

Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the detergent, and toss your towels into the wash. Launder them as you always do.

Pour in 1 cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle. This will help remove any build-up that is on the towels to restore their fluffiness.

Toss the towels in the dryer, along with a few tennis balls. Make sure the balls are clean and new. The movement of the balls will help fluff the towels.


Skip the fabric softener. This is actually bad for your towels and adds more build-up, lessening their softness and fluffiness over time.

Things You'll Need

  • Detergent
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Tennis balls
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Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.