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How to Make Hot Towels

Updated April 17, 2017

Hot towels are regularly used to relax people after shaves, during facials or at the end of long-haul flights. Although they are often considered a luxury, they are actually very simple to make yourself. It doesn't take more than a minute, and holding a hot towel to your face and body is a good way to de-stress at the end of the day. It is also possible to add essential oils to the towel to create your own aromatherapy hot towel experience.

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  1. Put the towel under a cold tap and thoroughly wet it through.

  2. Wring out as much of the water as you can until the towel is 80 to 90 per cent dry.

  3. Put the towel in the microwave on high for 20 to 30 seconds.

  4. Carefully remove the hot towel and dab on your face and neck.

  5. Tip

    Try adding a drop of essential oil, such as jasmine, to the towel. The heat will release the aroma and make the towel smell lovely.


    Be careful when removing the towel from the microwave as it could be very hot. Never put a dry towel into the microwave as this is a fire hazard.

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Things You'll Need

  • Towel or towelled washcloth
  • Microwave

About the Author

Holly Thompson

Based just outside London, Holly Thompson has been writing news and features since 2008. She reported for the award-winning "Surrey Mirror" for two years during which she sourced stories for "The Sun." Thompson was the winner of the Sheffield Star prize for outstanding writing in 2008. She holds a first-class Bachelor of Arts in journalism studies from the University of Sheffield.

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