If your towels are beginning to feel like steel wool, you might be tempted to correct the problem by adding a boatload of fabric softener to your next washing cycle. But fabric softener isn’t cheap, is a pain to lug in from the store, and can leave a residue that actually makes your towels less absorbent.
Good Housekeeping has some great tips on how to get softer towels…and we have a few of our own!
If you have scratchy towels, hard water (and the mineral deposits it leaves behind) could be to blame. Installing a water conditioning system can help all the other places where hard water can cause problems (and hard water can cause a lot of problems). For your towels, GH recommends washing your towels in hot water and adding a cup of ammonia – leaving out detergents, softeners and bleach.
Crammed your washer full? An over-stuffed washer can prevent towels (and any other items) from getting a proper rinsing. The result is soap residue, which can leave linens and clothes feeling scratchy.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions on detergent. Most detergent today is more concentrated, so you only need a little. Too much detergent – like too much softener – can cause build-up, which dulls clothing and leaves an unpleasant residue.
Do you toss your towels – balled up and twisted – right into the dryer? Trying shaking them out first. This will help get them as fluffy as possible.
Consider installing a unit like Laundry Pro. It allows you to forgo detergent, softener and bleach, and uses only cold water and bubbling oxygen gases to clean your clothes.