How to soften towels instance in one wash only using white vinegar
There are a number of reasons why towels may become hardened over time. First of all, when shopping for new towels, families should be aware that they have been treated with a silicone coating to make them feel softer than they really are.
This coating acts as such conditioner to make the fibers feel slick to the touch. People will only know how soft their towels are when this coating is washed.
Another common culprit is too much laundry detergent for hard towels. People may think that it is improving the cleaning power, but it will only result in excess suds and residual detergent building up in towels, causing them to become hard and feel stiff.
Drying methods can also contribute to the problem. If families often hang their towels to dry on a radiator, the heat can damage the finish and make towels feel rougher.
While some prefer their towels rough, others are more in favor of having soft towels. With this in mind, Mrs Hinch’s fans have shared their tips for softening towels on the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook page.
Carol Stephens asked: “How can I soften rough and scratchy towels, the conditioner is not doing it.” The post received more than 220 comments, with the most popular suggestion being to use white vinegar.
White vinegar not only removes the residue left from the detergent and fabric softener, but it also works great for softening the towels.
Don’t be afraid of towels smelling like vinegar either because the fragrance is washed out along with the extra juices.
Anna Green insisted: “Stop using conditioner, that’s what’s making them hard, use white vinegar instead.”
Sarah Elliot wrote: “White vinegar, and shake the towels before they go into the machine and as soon as they come out.”
Sue Barman said: “White vinegar rather than conditioner is the best choice. You can always add a drop of lavender oil to make it smell great.”
Rita Trimmell said: “Wash in vinegar and no detergent to make scratchy towels super soft. Also, give them plenty of room to move around and rinse well.”
Michelle Carins wrote: “Don’t use fabric conditioner, use two cups of white vinegar in the fabric conditioner compartment.”
Carol Jobson replied: “White vinegar in the softener drawer. Give them a good shake and dry them or leave them outside to soak up excess water for 10 to 15 minutes.”
Judy Hughes said: “Put a drop of white vinegar in the softener compartment, it always works for me. Notice a huge difference in softness. “
Linda Blything said: “Vinegar in the softener drawer instead of fabric softener. It makes beautiful and super fluffy towels.”
Another suggestion from Mrs. Hinch’s fans to soften rough towels is to use soda crystals.
Carrie Birchenough said: “You should not use fabric conditioner on towels, tea towels etc. Use a few tablespoons of soda crystals in the wash and dry if possible.”
Jimmy West claimed: “The problem with conditioner is that it coats the towels and makes them hard, washing towels with a small amount of soda crystals in the washing machine.”
Soda crystals have the power to turn old tough towels into soft and fluffy towels. To do this, fill a bucket with hot water and add some soda crystals. Leave the crystals and towels to soak for about 15 minutes, then pull the towels out and put them in the washing machine on a normal wash.
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