There’s nothing quite like the feel of a fluffy new towel. But over time, this plushness may fade. Instead of replacing older towels, why not rejuvenate them by adding some fluffy goodness back into them? These easy tips show you how. In many cases all you’ll need are common household items that are probably in your pantry or closet already.
Add Ammonia or Vinegar to the Wash
The uses of vinegar go far beyond salad dressing. In addition to being an excellent cleaning agent in the bathroom, it can also add some fluff back to your towels. Simply add 1 cup of vinegar to your wash. Vinegar cuts through mineral buildup from hard water and can also soften the fibers of a towel when added during the final rinse. Ammonia has the ability to strip off buildup from laundry detergent and fabric softeners. As with vinegar, 1 cup in the wash with your towels will do the trick. If towels smell like vinegar or ammonia afterward, wash again with 1/2 cup of baking soda (please note this may fade colors). Never combine baking soda in the wash with vinegar or ammonia, as these ingredients need to be used separately for best effectiveness.
Wash with Water Softening Tablets or Borax
This tip is effective in revitalizing towels made stiff by hard water. All you need to do is wash your towels with water softening tablets designed to clean limescale out of laundry machines. This will help remove the hard water deposits from your towels, making them more soft and fluffy.
Use Tennis Balls or Dryer Balls
The dryer is an excellent place to help soften towels. All you need is a couple of clean tennis balls. Place them in the dryer with your towels and dry on low heat. You can also use dryer balls, which will have the same effect. The balls keep laundry from clumping together while drying and help the air circulate throughout the load. This allows the towels to dry more quickly — and more “fluffily.” In fact, try using tennis balls or dryer balls instead of fabric softener when drying all your towels. Chemicals in fabric softener can coat the towel fibers and make them less absorbent.
Additional Fluff-inducing Tips
– Always wash towels separately from other clothes. Things like buttons, hooks and zippers can cause towels to wear more quickly.
– When washing towels, don’t overfill the washer. Towels need room to “breathe” so they can be properly cleaned. Plus a too-full load can cause unnecessary friction, which will wear towels out more quickly.
– Use the hottest water temperature recommended, and always rinse with cold water.
Thank you for visiting Klinke Cleaners! We hope these home laundry tips help keep your towels fresh, clean and fluffy!