How to make your towels last longer

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It’s hardly surprising that towels turn frail; after all, they probably get more of a workout than any other household fabric. Think about it, you use them on a daily basis to dry yourself, aggressively scrubbing your body. And then to top it off, they are nearly always damp, which significantly increases the speed of deterioration.

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However, with the correct care and attention there’s no reason why your towels won’t last for years. All you need to do is follow these simple steps.

  1. 1.       Always dry your towels

No doubt you often finish using your towels and then just throw them on the bathroom floor. This is the number one cause of fast deterioration. Whenever you use your towel, make sure you hang it up to dry. Place it on your bannister or hang it up in an airing cupboard. Also make sure you don’t throw them into a wash basket with other dirty clothes. Doing so will cause mould development.

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  1. 2.       Use less soap and fabric softener

We all love fresh smelling towels. However, that doesn’t mean you need to put excessive amounts of detergent in your washing machine. Too much will negatively affect the fibres and cause them to shrink and absorb less water. The exact same can be said for fabric softener. If you would prefer your towels to be absorbent, then lose it altogether.

  1. 3.       Add white vinegar to your detergent

White vinegar will not only make your bath towels fresher; but will also increase their lifespan. White vinegar is one of the most important elements of any household cleaning kit, so always make sure you have it tucked away in your kitchen cupboard. When you are ready to wash your towels, add ½ cup of white vinegar to your detergent.

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  1. 4.       Remember to separate colours from whites

Always separate your colours. You probably ignore this common rule when it comes to washing towels, but it’s hugely important. Always place whites together and separate light colours from dark colours. While this won’t retain their absorbent qualities, it will retain their colour.

  1. 5.       Reduce your washing loads

Overloading your washing machine is never a good idea. Not only will you prevent your towels from getting clean, but you’ll prevent the circulation of detergent and white vinegar. This means that many of the fibres will be left untouched and won’t be as absorbent.



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