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How do I launder towels so they are soft?

(33 Posts)
JanetG Mon 25-Jan-21 10:24:00

My towels tend to dry like cardboard! We have a newish washing machine which is cleaned properly, and use powder and softener, but still have rough towels!

rosie1959 Mon 25-Jan-21 10:25:30

So would I if I didn’t tumble dry them

Ellianne Mon 25-Jan-21 10:26:50

Don't use fabric conditioner, tumble dry.

Gelisajams Mon 25-Jan-21 10:30:43

I have the same problem. I don’t want to use the tumble dryer if I can help it. It seems to have got worse over the last couple of years. I wonder if manufacturers are reducing the plastic bits these days and laundry products are not like they were?🌸

MawBe Mon 25-Jan-21 10:31:26

Tumble them

Teacheranne Mon 25-Jan-21 10:32:31

I was told not to use fabric conditioner for towels as it prevents them from drying effectively so tumble dry mine, even in the summer if they go outside I pop them in the dryer for a short time.

Ellianne Mon 25-Jan-21 10:34:43

Yes, it sort of works to tumble dry them a bit after they have been line dried, but they need plenty of room in the drum.

Daisymae Mon 25-Jan-21 10:35:06

Tumble dry, at least in part

Pittcity Mon 25-Jan-21 10:35:27

No conditioner, I use white vinegar instead. Tumble dryer is only way to keep them soft.

Luckygirl Mon 25-Jan-21 10:36:17

Nothing I like better than a rough towel! grin

Franbern Mon 25-Jan-21 10:39:13

As others have said.
1. Do NÓT use Fabric Condition
2. Tumble dry

timetogo2016 Mon 25-Jan-21 10:44:11

Same here luckygirl.
They dry you quicker too.
Dh puts his in the tumle for 10 min`s.

Tangerine Mon 25-Jan-21 10:46:06

Tumble dryer. If you don't like using the tumble dryer too much, dry the towels on the line first and then use the dryer for a few minutes.

I do this with other clothing too as it means there isn't so much to iron!

choughdancer Mon 25-Jan-21 10:46:36

Use white vinegar instead of fabric conditioner; I promise it doesn't leave the towels vinegary! I agree about tumble drying, but I save money by letting them dry first, then putting them in the tumble dryer (with a damp cloth if they are completely dry) and running it for a short time.

Kamiso Mon 25-Jan-21 10:50:15

I prefer a rough towel as well. They seem more absorbent. If I want a soft towel for a certain visitor, the ideal thing is to line dry for a few hours then pop in the tumble dryer to finish off.

I’ve got a washer dryer so can only dry in small quantities.

blueflinders Mon 25-Jan-21 10:50:27

My towels kept going hard before they were otherwise ready for replacement and I have gone through so many decent quality but hard scratchy towels. I read about the white vinegar wash and also that towels get a build up of skin cells being rubbed on them as well as skin softening shower creams being left on them.
My solution, after a couple of 90 degree washes (first one with 2 cups of white vinegar) and using washing powder only, they have returned to softness (after tumble drying on not too hot a setting) and I feel I have washed the build up of fats from them and now use only washing powder and a small amount of fabric conditioner on a 60 or 40 degree wash.
This really works and saves the towels!

vampirequeen Mon 25-Jan-21 10:52:08

I love a hard, scratchy towel. I hate fluffy.

Ramblingrose22 Mon 25-Jan-21 10:52:12

I am with Luckygirl.

A rough towel rubbed over the skin gets rid of dead skin cells beautifully and the water absorbed by the towel softens it up.

No need to increase your electricity bill.

tanith Mon 25-Jan-21 11:00:36

I prefer a rough towel too much more absorbent.

Luckygirl Mon 25-Jan-21 11:01:36

Two 90 degree wash cycles! - gosh!

Mine go through one 40 degree cycle and that's it.

Septimia Mon 25-Jan-21 11:03:05

No tumble dryer. Any alternative suggestions?

midgey Mon 25-Jan-21 11:04:45

My husband loved soft towels, I prefer to line dry if possible. He would often say how he...’bloody loved winter’! The only time I use the dryer!

GagaJo Mon 25-Jan-21 11:09:50

I don't tumble dry anything unless it is urgently needed. I don't like fabric softener either.

I find towels are only rough for the first use, but are OK after that.

BigBertha1 Mon 25-Jan-21 11:10:39

Tumble dry no question. No fabric conditioner either - yukky smell as well as affects absorbency.

maddyone Mon 25-Jan-21 11:14:49

Yep, as others have said, no conditioner, tumble dry. In the summer I line dry, but finish off in the tumble dryer.