How to Keep Towels Soft

There is nothing more beautiful than soaking one’s face in soft towels that seem to wrap our skin in a gentle caress. Too bad, however, that these often tend to be very rough and dry and scratch our skin. The reasons are to be found in wrong washing and drying modes. Fortunately, however, today we will see together how to soften scratchy towels using only some natural ingredients!

  • Baking soda

First, let’s start with baking soda, an ingredient known for its many properties including cleaning, degreasing and whitening. It also has a mild abrasive action that can soften clothes. To use it, therefore, we recommend that you add 3 tablespoons of the product directly into the washing machine drum or the basin of the drawer and start, then, the wash cycle. You will notice that your towels, in addition to being as soft as ever, will also be odor-free and whiter!

  • White vinegar

Another pantry ingredient that can come to your rescue to make scratchy towels soft is white vinegar, which has an emollient action that can separate the attached fibers of the garments, making them extremely soft! In addition, as if that were not enough, it is a godsend for removing any impregnated odors, such as the smell of dampness! All you have to do, then, is to pour 4 tablespoons of vinegar into the fabric softener tray and start, then, the washing machine cycle! If you want, then, to bring in a nice scent as well, then you can add to the mixture a teaspoon of drops of essential oil from the fragrance you most prefer. In case you want to proceed with hand washing, however, you can add the same amount of vinegar to a bucket containing water and put, then, soak the towels: they will be as soft as ever!

  • Citric acid

As an alternative to vinegar, you can also use citric acid, a compound derived from citrus fruits, which is precisely considered a natural fabric softener. So, pour 1/3 lb of citric acid into a 1 quart of water and stir until it is dissolved, after which you pour some of this mixture directly into the softener tray or the drum. At this point, proceed to machine wash and: you will look forward to soaking your face in your towels!

  • Lemon

After baking soda, vinegar and citric acid, how could lemon, the citrus fruit with whitening, anti-scale, cleaning, degreasing and anti-odor properties, be missing from the roll call. We remind you, in fact, that it is a godsend for making laundry clean, fresh and fragrant! Pour, then, the juice of 3 lemons with half a quart of water and add, then, 2 dosing caps of this DIY natural fabric softener into the washing machine tub. After that, start the washing cycle and you’re done!

  • Organic soap

When talking about household products that are effective on laundry, one cannot fail to mention organic soap, known starting with our grandmothers for its very gentle cleaning properties. To try it, you will need to add 2 tablespoons in flakes or liquid to the washing machine tub or directly into the drum and start the wash cycle.

In addition, if you want to bring an even stronger smell to your towels, you can also try the towel trick, i.e., you will have to rub a lump of organic soap on an old towel and put it in the basket along with the other towels: and what a smell!

  • Chamomile

Did you know that chamomile, in addition to relaxing our bodies, is also able to “relax” the fibers of your towels, making them as soft as ever? Well yes! To try it, you will simply have to steep 2 chamomile tea bags in a quart of hot water, leave them for a few minutes and wait, then, for the mixture to cool down. After that, pour it into a basin containing water and, inside it, soak the towels to be softened for about 10 minutes. Finally, rinse and voila: how soft!

N.B We recommend that you soak towels that have already been previously washed and rinsed; the chamomile, in fact, only serves to soften and not to wash and sanitize.

More tips for getting soft towels

Once we’ve seen the natural ingredients to use to soften our towels, let’s look at some other tricks to try in the washing stage and the drying stage!

  • Washing phase

The first tip we give you is not to overload the washing machine when washing your towels, as doing so tends to make them rough or wrinkle. Also, always remember to use the right washing temperature, which is usually 140 °F for white towels and 100 °F for colored towels. Too high temperatures, in fact, could “dry out” the fibers of your fabrics and make them not very soft. Equally important is to always set a low spin cycle. Finally, try not to use too much detergent because detergent residue is one of the main causes of rough towels.

Drying phase

Regarding, on the other hand, the drying phase, we remind you, as mentioned earlier, that high temperatures tend to make your towels rough. Therefore, once washed, it is advisable to lay them out in an airy place, in the shade, always making sure not to expose them to direct sunlight, especially during the hottest hours of the day. In addition, this expedient can also protect your garments from fading (if they are colored) or yellowing (if they are white).


Please remember to read the towel wash labels before trying the recommended remedies.

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