Show your towels some love with our simple guide on how to wash towels and other towel care tips that will keep your towels soft, fluffy and absorbent.
How to wash new towels
Always wash new towels before using them. The manufacturing process leaves them with a shiny coating that stops them being absorbent – a quick wash will sort this out.
How to wash towels
Towels only really need washing every 3-4 days as long as you dry and air them properly in-between use.
- leave them as open as possible
- away from steamy environment
- don’t scrunch or bunch them up when they’re damp or they’ll end up smelling
When washing towels there’s a few neat ways to make sure you get them clean & soft.
- Always wash towels separately from other washing it’s more hygienic.
- Split into whites and colours (split pastels from dark colours)
- Always wash them at the highest recommended temperature.
- Towels with ribbon trims or coloured towels often have to go on a 40 degree wash – to make sure they’re hygienically clean you can use an antibacterial laundry cleaner in with your regular detergent.
- Don’t overload the washer otherwise the towels won’t get properly clean.
- If your towels are smelling musty wash them with your regular detergent but add a couple of cups of white vinegar to the wash load.
- Don’t use fabric softener when washing towels it spoils the absorbency.
You really need towels to be dry properly if they are even slightly damp when you fold and store them it can cause them to become musty and dotted with mildew.
- Dry towels outdoors wherever possible as it’s free!
- If once you’ve dried them outdoors they feel hard – just pop them in the dryer for a few minutes to soften them up again.
I like towels folded super neat! They look nice and it means you can fit more in the cupboard if you store things neatly.
- Watch the towel folding video for the easiest way to fold towels neatly.