Often, when we dip our face into freshly washed towels, we almost feel as if we are touching a fluffy cloud that gives us a caressing feeling. But this is not always the case! Especially when they are old, in fact, they tend to harden and lose all their initial softness. So, how to do that? In this regard, today we will see together how to make old and rough towels soft and fluffy with these quick and easy tricks!
Let’s start with the first ingredient known starting with our grandmothers for its cleaning, degreasing and stain-removing properties: baking soda, which is also able to soften clothes thanks to its mild abrasive action! All you have to do, then, is to pour 3 tablespoons of the product directly into the washing machine basket or in the basin of the drawer, add your towels and start, then, the washing cycle: and what softness!
Another ingredient that can come to your rescue in case of rough and old towels is white vinegar, which not only has an emollient action that can separate the attached fibers of the garments making them extremely soft, but also helps to make your towels whiter without using bleach! All you need to do, then, is add 4 tablespoons of vinegar to the fabric softener tray and start, then, the washing machine cycle! In the case of hand washing, however, pour the same amount of vinegar into a bucket containing water and put, then, soak the towels. To make this natural fabric softener fragrant as well, we recommend adding a teaspoon of drops of essential oil from the fragrance you prefer most: your towels will be as soft as when you just bought them!
N.B. On the use of vinegar in the washing machine, there is a long debate about its impact on the environment. Therefore, it is always better to prefer citric acid. However, vinegar is always preferable to other commercially available detergents.
Citric acid is a more environmentally friendly alternative to vinegar while boasting the same effectiveness. In fact, let us remind you that it is considered a natural fabric softener that can replace commercially available ones! Pour, then, 1/3 lb. of citric acid into one quart of water, stir until it dissolves, after which decant this mixture into your fabric softener tub or basket. Next, add your towels and proceed with the machine wash-it will be a pleasure to soak your face in your towels!
After baking soda and vinegar, bar soap, considered a must-have ingredient when it comes to bleaching, scenting and softening laundry, could not be missing from the roll call! We also remind you that it is also used to pre-treat the most stubborn stains from our clothes! So, all you need to do is add 2 tablespoons of flaky or liquid soap to the washing machine tub or directly into the drum and you’re done!
If there is an ingredient known for its many properties that can come to our rescue for most household problems this is definitely the lemon, the citrus fruit that can soften, whiten, descale, clean and, above all, bring an intoxicating all-natural smell! Not surprisingly, it is even used to scent the often odor-prone bathroom! So, to soften your towels, you will need to pour the juice of 3 lemons in half a quart of water and then add 2 dosing caps of this DIY natural fabric softener while washing in the washing machine: your towels will be soft and white as never before!
This may seem like a rather wacky trick, yet it is a godsend in case of rough and old towels. What are we talking about? Chamomile tea! So, put 2 sachets of chamomile tea to infuse in a quart of hot water, leave it for a few minutes and let, then, the mixture cool down. At this point, pour it into a basin containing water and soak the rough towels in this mixture for about 10 minutes. Finally, wring them out and lay them in an airy place, always making sure not to expose them to direct sunlight.
N.B We recommend that you soak towels that have already been previously washed and rinsed; the chamomile, in fact, serves only to soften and not to wash and sanitize.
Our remedies are gentle and harmless, however, please remember to read the towel wash labels before trying them.