How to clean towels so that they’re softer… here’s 5 tips!
1. Vinegar – The first way to make old towels like new again is by looking at using plain white distilled vinegar. Just toss your towels into the washer with a single cup of vinegar and let it run. If the vinegar scent is too much for you (like it is me, yuck!), just put the towels through another wash without the vinegar.
2. Wind Drying – The second way to get softer towels is by using an old-fashioned method of drying your clothes. Just wait around for a nice day and hang your towels out on a clothesline outside. Try mixing this drying method with the vinegar washing method; it just might make your towels even softer!
3. Brushing – This next option is a little strange, and it doesn’t involve washing or drying. Go and grab a big brush, whether it’s a pet brush or a styling brush it doesn’t really matter. Lay your towel flat. Using long strokes in one direction, brush the entire side of your towel, flip it over, and brush it again. If you did it right, your towels should be as soft as the day you brought them home.
4. Baking Soda – Ahh, our ancient companion, baking soda; you’re always there when we need you. You can soften your towels with baking soda by mixing roughly half a cup of it in with your detergent before you add the towels to the washing machine. As an added bonus, considering baking soda’s reputation for making anything smell good, those sweaty, smelly gym towels will smell great once again.
5. Tennis Balls or Dryer Balls – Now, this one may sound a little odd but it’s a proven and effective method . Tennis balls or dryer balls can be tossed into the dryer with your towels; the slight bouncing of the balls will knock out lumps and fluff your towels.
A Few Tips – don’t use fabric softeners in excess; too much starts to dull the effect over time. Second; try to put less towels into your machine at a time; it’s better on the machine and it increases the effectiveness of the methods I just mentioned.