Towel care seems simple enough. Just toss them in the wash and you’re good, right? There’s a bit more to it than that. You can get a towel clean by simply tossing it into the washing machine but these tips will keep your towels looking and feeling like new even after several washes.
• Wash and dry bath towels before using them for the first time. Washing the towels permits maximum absorbency.
• Wash colored towels with similar colors in warm water for the first several washings.
• Use detergent and vinegar to keep original colors like new.
• Add one cup of white vinegar to the wash water. The vinegar helps set the colors and removes excess detergent residue.
• How frequently you wash your towels is a personal preference. The Home Team at Garnet Hill suggest every 3-4 uses.
• Use hot water for white towels and wash it separately or with other white items.
• Use softeners but only every three or four washes. Softeners can deteriorate the towel fibers and reduce their absorbency.
• Don’t over dry. If you want to prevent damaging your towels, you should remove them from a tumble dryer before they are completely dry and then let them dry naturally.
• Don't iron towels, this will also reduce absorbency.
• At the end and the most important tip:
o Fold the towel in half, with open ends to the left, then fold in half again. Fold up the bottom third of the towel, then fold the top third down. Now your towel is ready to use and enjoy.