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Friday, September 5, 2014
Today’s towels are a far cry from the utilitarian items of old. Thicker piles, luxurious fabrics and pre-softened towels all make for a relaxing bathing experience. While towels have definitely been upgraded they still do a dirty job around the home. When it comes to washing them, there is a fine balance between getting them clean and preventing excessive wear and damage. Here’s the best way to wash towels to achieve both goals.

Before the First Use
The first washing should occur before the towels are even used to remove excess chemicals from the fabric which can reduce absorbency. Additionally, if the towels are dark-colored, the initial washing will permanently set the dye so that the color doesn't bleed. A washer filled with warm water, regular laundry detergent and 1 cup of white vinegar does the job well.

Washing Tips
Towels should be washed every three to four uses. If they are placed into a hamper until laundry day, it’s imperative that no moisture remain in the fabric, which can cause mold and mildew. Towels may be washed along with wash cloths, hand towels and kitchen towels. They should never be washed with other clothing, as the nap can damage finer materials. Proper washing procedures include using warm water and laundry detergent. Colored towels benefit from the addition of color-safe bleach, while white towels require chlorine-free bleach.

Those who prefer the feel or scent of fabric softener can add the recommended amount to the washer as well. However, fabric softeners should only be used every three to four washes. Excessive use of fabric softener creates a wax-like build up on the towels that reduces absorbency.

Drying Tips
Shaking towels as they are removed from the washing machine helps to fluff them slightly. Wet towels should immediately be placed into a dryer set to medium heat. Drying towels requires checking them frequently to avoid over-drying, which can deteriorate the fibers and decrease the lifespan. On the other hand, if any moisture remains, mildew and mold will start to , which leads to an unpleasant, musty smell.

by: Palmetto Linen