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Using too much detergent can make towels ‘stiff’ – 3 steps for ‘soft and fluffy’ towels

A laundry expert has shared three important tips for washing towels in the washing machine.

Towels will last longer if they are kept clean and washed properly.

With this in mind, Allen Civlak, laundry expert and CEO of Mary’s Kitchen Flour Sack Towels, has shared his advice on cleaning towels.

He said: “The average towel lasts for two to five years, depending on the quality of the towel, how often it’s used, and how it’s cared for.

“Washing towels properly can extend their lifespan, allowing you to enjoy their spa-like softness and absorbency for much longer.”

Washing temperature

Mr Civlak said while cold temperatures work best for some fabrics, it’s not ideal for towels.

Instead, check the washing label of each towel and follow the recommendations on the care label.

The laundry expert said: “Hot water, typically around 140°F/60°C, is more effective at killing bacteria and removing body oils trapped in towel fibres.

“To avoid damaging fibres, opt for a medium heat setting or fluff cycle when drying.

“Treat your towels to a hot wash with white vinegar every few months to remove detergent buildup and keep them smelling fresh.”

Don’t use too much detergent

Many people think using more detergent will make towels more clean, however, this is actually a misconception.

Using too much detergent can actually “worsen your towels by leaving behind a residue that makes them stiff and less absorbent”.

To keep towels “fluffy and soft”, use a good quality detergent and ensure you follow the instructions on the care label.

Don’t use fabric softener

Fabric softeners smell lovely but they actually coat towel fibres which can reduce their absorbency.

Mr Civlak said it’s best to “skip” laundry detergent and “embrace the natural texture of clean towels”.

He added: “For extra fluffiness, try adding a half cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle.”

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