The Best Tips for How to Wash and Care for Your Luxury Bath Towels
Here are some additional care tips for your favorite bath towels to keep them feeling soft and plush for years to come:
How Often Should I Wash Towels?
Your luxury towels should be washed every three to four days. Using towels longer than this can unnecessarily expose you to bacteria that needs to be washed away during laundering.
What is the Best Way to Store Towels?
Fold clean, dry towels and store in a linen closet, bathroom rack, or drawer, according to the best available space in your home. It is important that you do not store damp towels. Always be sure to dry towels thoroughly before putting towels in a linen closet or drawer, as this can cause mildew to form.
How Do You Keep Towels Soft and Fluffy?
- Skip the fabric softener every other wash to avoid waxy build-up on towels that can lead to a reduction in absorbency and softness.
- Do not iron towels! This heat will only damage and flatten the fabric fibers causing them to be less plush than you would like.
- Clean towels are fluffy towels, so wash them twice a week for the best results.
How to Wash New Towels
Always be sure to wash new towels before you use them. This is an important step because it is necessary to remove the silicone coating on them from the factory, which can greatly reduce their absorbency. To set colors on new luxury towels, it is best to wash colored towels with similar colored towels in warm water for the first few launderings. It is also a good idea to use only half of the recommended amount of laundry detergent when washing new towels. In addition, add ½ cup of white vinegar to the wash water for the best cleaning results. Adding the vinegar along with the laundry detergent will set the colors and remove any detergent residue, making your new towels soft, fluffy, and ready for use!
How Do You Refresh Towels in the Washing Machine?
Sometimes towels tend to get a light mildew smell. To refresh towels in the washing machine, let them run through a complete wash cycle using no detergent or bleach. Instead, add one cup of distilled white vinegar into the washing machine before starting the wash cycle. Let towels air-dry or put them in the dryer when cycle is complete.
If towels still have a musty smell after washing with vinegar, run them through a complete wash cycle with no detergent again. This time add one-half cup baking soda before starting the wash cycle. Dry towels as desired upon completion.