You have just washed your face and here you are wrapping it in the towel hoping to find it soft and fluffy as a caress. But this is not always the case! In fact, towels often tend to harden over time due to wrong washing, harsh detergents or other numerous causes. But getting them soft again is possible! How? By trying the basin method-your towels will be as soft and fluffy as ever!
The first remedy we propose is to use vinegar, which is known, starting with our grandmothers, for its cleaning, degreasing, stain removing and anti-odor properties! In addition, it also performs a softening function! All you will have to do, then, is to pour a glass of vinegar into a bucket containing cold water and dip, then, the rough, old towels inside it. Let them soak for about an hour, after which you rinse and that’s it.
As an alternative to vinegar, you can also use citric acid, which is a compound derived from citrus fruits. In fact, this ingredient is considered a natural fabric softener that serves as an environmentally friendly substitute to commercially available ones. Therefore, pour 1/3 lb. of citric acid into a basin containing one quart of water and mix it. After that, dip towels inside the basin and let them soak for a few hours. Finally, rinse and let your towels dry: touching them will be a real pleasure!
After vinegar and citric acid, how could baking soda, which boasts softening properties as well as whitening and stain removing properties, be missing from the roll call? You can, in fact, use it especially in the case of white or light-colored towels to give them their initial whiteness! All you need to do is pour two tablespoons of baking soda into a basin containing cold water and then soak the towels for a few hours in the resulting mixture. At this point, rinse them and–what a softness! For a more effective effect, you can also combine baking soda with vinegar.
It may seem like a rather wacky remedy, yet it seems to be a godsend in case of rough towels. What are we talking about? The chamomile softening treatment! Equip yourself, then, with:
- 1 quart of water
- 4 sachets of chamomile tea. You can also use two if there are only a few towels to treat.
Start, then, by pouring the water into a small pot and bringing it to a boil. After that, turn off the flame and steep the chamomile tea bags as you do when you want to sip this relaxing drink. Once the mixture has completely cooled, all you have to do is pour it into a basin containing water and dip the rough towels to be softened into it. Leave them, then, to soak for about 10 minutes, after which wring them out and lay them in an airy place, always making sure not to expose them to direct sunlight because it may harden them again. Chamomile not only relieves our tension and has a relaxing effect on us, but it will also help relax the fibers of your towels!
N.B We recommend that you soak towels that have already been previously washed and rinsed; in fact, chamomile is only for softening and not for washing.
DIY fabric softener
Finally, let’s take a look together at how to make a DIY fabric softener by mixing various ingredients until you get a super effective product that can soften your rough towels! Pour, then, a glass of vinegar, 2 ounces of fine salt and 1 ounce of baking soda into a basin containing lukewarm water and dip, then, the hardened towels inside it. At this point, let them soak for a few hours or overnight, after which you rinse them and let them dry: your towels will look as good as new!
Please remember to read the washing labels well so you don’t make mistakes when washing your towels.