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If your towels are hard and scratchy then you’ll find helpful tips in this post that will show you how to make them soft and keep them that way for a long time.

How to Soften Rough Towels

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Having rough and scratchy towels in your home is never fun.

But I have good news! Instead of throwing your tired and stiff towels away, you can actually save them with these simple laundry tips.

By altering the way that you wash and dry your towels, you can keep them “hotel” soft for a very long time.

By doing these 7 things every time you wash your towels, you can keep more money in your pocket and  enjoy fluffy towels again.

How to Keep Your Towels Soft and Fluffy

Use warm water to wash towels.

Warm water will dissolve your detergent better creating less build up on your towels. If possible, try adding your towels to the washer a few minutes after starting the cycle to ensure that detergent has fully absorbed.

Add baking soda to your laundry detergent. 

Before washing your towels, add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your washing cycle. This will help to soften and remove any residue from the fibers of your towel.

Only wash 2-3 towels during each load. 

Too many towels in your washer at one time can can greatly decrease your washers ability to freely clean and remove dirt from them. Make sure to keep your laundry loads light, only adding 2-3 towels per load.

Wash towels with white vinegar every 6 weeks.

Adding a few cups of vinegar to your washing cycle every couple of weeks will remove residual build-up on your towels created from your body oils, dirt and laundry detergent.

Skip the fabric softener.

Most fabric softeners contain silicones that will coat your towels’ fibers decreasing their ability to absorb water and eventually making them stiff. When washing towels, fabric softener isn’t necessary and should be avoided.

Tumble dry your towels. 

Many hotel’s keep their towels nice and fluffy by simply tumble drying their towels on low heat. For a more cost-effective measure, you can also try line drying your towels outside for the same if not better effect.

Shake out towels before adding to the dryer.

Shaking your towels before adding them to dryer will help loosen the fibers which could have been matted while in the washer. Adding a few wool dryer balls to the drying cycle will help to soften and fluff towels even further.

I really hope you enjoyed this post! As always, Happy Cleaning! Feel free to leave any comments or questions below.

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