All our tips for washing towels and keeping them soft

Towels are an essential part of your daily routine, and keeping them soft is good for your comfort. Obviously, over time, frequent use and washing can reduce their original softness. In this guide, we will provide helpful methods and tricks for washing towels to preserve their softness.
Proper care during all washing cycles will not only keep the fabric soft and pleasant to the touch but will also help increase its durability. From proper detergents to proper drying, we will guide you on washing towels to make them last a long time without compromising comfort and fibre quality.

How to wash towels in the washing machine and make them soft

To wash towels in the washing machine and keep their original softness, it is essential to follow a few simple steps. First, separate towels from more abrasive garments or those with zippers that could catch and wash them using a good quality liquid detergent, preferably with no whitening agents that could prove too harsh. Before starting the cycle, make sure not to overload the washing machine for an effective and even clean.
Set the machine cycle to a moderate temperature, preferably between 40°C and 60°C, to effectively remove germs and bacteria.
Use the dryer at a low temperature to dry the towels, but it is preferable to let them air dry outside or in a well-ventilated area, avoiding bright direct sunlight.
To make the towels even softer, add a glass of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. This helps to remove detergent residue and softens the fibres. Avoid the excessive use of fabric softeners, as they can leave residue that may reduce your towels’ softness or absorbency over time.
Follow these guidelines to maintain the freshness and softness of your towels, ensuring a comfortable experience after each use and prolonging their life.

What temperature should I wash towels at?

The ideal temperature for washing towels may depend on various factors, including how dirty they are and the towel type. In general, we recommend washing at a temperature between 40°C and 60°C to effectively eliminate germs and bacteria from towels and ensure safe cleaning. This temperature sanitises without damaging the fibres or compromising softness.

However, it is also essential to consider the towel material and the manufacturer's instructions. Delicate or coloured towels may require a lower temperature, around 30°C, to avoid fading or damage, whereas white or durable towels can withstand slightly higher temperatures.

In conclusion, the cycle temperature depends on the towel type and cleaning needs. For effective cleaning and maintaining softness, we recommend a temperature between 40°C° and 60°C, but it is always advisable to check the manufacturer's instructions and care labels before washing.

Are you unsure of the correct wash cycle for your towels? From time-saving, high-speed cycles to more ecological options to protect the environment, don't miss our washing machine cycle guide. Let us guide you through everything you need to know to get the most out of your washing machine and its cycles.

How do you bleach towels?

Towels can be bleached using safe and effective methods. For example, hydrogen peroxide is a gentle option for bleaching towels. Add half a cup to the wash cycle with the detergent, and let the washing machine do its job. Keep in mind that hydrogen peroxide bleaches gradually, without damaging the fibres.

Baking soda and white vinegar are other natural bleaching agents. Mix half a cup of baking soda with a quarter cup of vinegar and add it to the wash cycle. This effervescent combination can help to slightly bleach towels. Avoid using bleach, as it can damage fibres and shorten their lifetime.

Keep in mind that bleaching cannot be done frequently, as it may weaken the fibres over time. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and care labels and use these tips in moderation to maintain the quality of your towels over time.

What laundry detergent should I use to wash cotton towels?

For washing cotton towels, we recommend using Chanteclair Laundry Detergent with Baking Soda, specially formulated for delicate fabrics or cotton. For your wash, avoid harsh detergents that could damage the fibres over time.

Choose a detergent that does not contain aggressive bleaching agents or strong dyes to preserve the colour and quality of your towels. Choose a product that has a gentle yet effective formula for eliminating dirt, germs and bacteria.

You can also consider using environmentally friendly or hypoallergenic detergents, which are less likely to leave a chemical residue on the fabric. Always follow the instructions on the detergent package to determine the appropriate amount to use for the load size and degree of soiling.

Avoid using excess detergent, as this can leave a residue on the fabric that affects its absorbency and softness. Following these guidelines, you can keep your cotton towels clean, fresh and soft for exceptional comfort.

Take note!

Washing towels properly is essential to keeping them fresh, clean and soft. Towels are an essential part of your daily routine and require attention for their care. Here are five practical tips for the best way to wash:

  1. Detergent choice: use a special liquid or powder detergent for delicate fabrics or cotton. Avoid products that are too harsh or that have strong bleaching agents that could damage the fibres.
  2. Water temperature: set the washing machine at a temperature between 40°C and 60°C for a hygienic wash. White towels can tolerate slightly higher temperatures. but follow the care labels.
  3. Amount of detergent: use the amount recommended on the packaging, avoiding excesses that may leave a residue. This preserves the absorbency and softness of your towels.
  4. Wash separately: wash towels separately from more abrasive or coloured garments to avoid damage or fading.
  5. Proper drying: air dry towels or put them in the dryer at a low temperature. Avoid excessive heat to prevent loss of softness.

By following these tips, you can ensure your towels remain clean and soft and last a long time. Proper care when washing will make sure your towels stay comfortable every day and maintain their excellent quality.

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