My husband is an advocate of very fluffy towels. Not the kind with lots of softener, but with lots of surface to dry his tall thin self. So, rather than buying tons of bath sheets, I buy regular old white or colored towels at my local discount store. Sometimes, towels will leave lint on your body, or be so stiff it feels like you are buffing yourself off. Well check this out. 3 simple tips for soft fluffy and safe towels.
First is don't overcrowd your washer
Wash your towels in their own wash cycle for maximum fluffiness. But more importantly, you should avoid filling your washer to the brim with dirty laundry. Different sized washers can handle different amounts, but as a general rule of thumb, shoot for ½ to ¾ full for your towel loads. The lint that ultimately comes off cotton and even bamboo towels will go out with the dirty water.
Second is to dry on medium heat
It’s tempting to use the high heat setting on your dryer, but that actually makes the cotton stiffer. It's kind of a tossup. You might spend slightly more in gas and electricity run longer, but you're also not burning ar a high heat level. . Be sure you dry them completely before pulling them from the dryer to avoid mold and mildew when you've folded and stacked them.
Finally, don't use a lot of fabric softener.
Too much fabric softener will absolutey give your towels a waxy sheen that looks gross and feels unpleasant. So while it may seem counterintuitive, you should use fabric softener in moderation. Try cutting the amount you use in half and see what happens. The best softener I have found is from Seventh Generation. I buy it on sale at my local Sprouts (a more natural product oriented store than a grocery chain) or at www.amazon.com and when used correctly - not too much - works perfectly. I blog about vinegar all the time since it's uses are many and the cost nominal. Soften your towels by adding ¼ cup of vinegar to your washing cycle.
As an added bonus, I'm including my recipe for fabric softer that you can easily and inexpensively make. Seriously, all of the ones in the stores - other than the natural versions - are full of chemicals. They're not good for your skin when you sit in your clothes or dry yourself with towels in which they're embedded every day.
Here are some essential oils you can add for fragrance and why they're great.
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