Ever notice that your towels do not seem as absorbent as they once were? The culprit: Detergent and Fabric Softener Build-up!
Over time, your bath towels will build up detergent and fabric softener residue. This not only attracts mildew, it can essentially “waterproof” your towels. If water can’t get into the fabric to clean it, the towel won’t BE or SMELL clean either.
The solution is quite simple.
What you’ll need:
1 cup of white vinegar
1/2 cup of baking soda
1. Put towels in washing machine. Mix Boiling water with a cup of vinegar and add to load.
2. Run cycle with HOT water.
3. Leave towels in the washer and refill again with boiling water and 1/2 cup of baking soda.
4. Run through another HOT cycle.
5. Now dry towels thoroughly.
The “science” behind this method: Vinegar (which contains acetic acid) breaks up water mineral deposits and dissolves buildup, and baking soda (which contains an alkali—sodium bicarbonate) neutralizes odors and dissolves dirt and grease.
Need to keep those towels clean and absorbent
Be sure that your towels are 100 percent dry before putting them away.
Make sure you hang up towels after they are used. Even bathmats should be hung to dry.
Make sure you’re not using too much detergent. Too much detergent leaves a residue, especially with high-efficiency washers that use less water.
Don’t use commercial fabric softener on towels; it coats towels with a thin layer of chemicals which makes them less absorbent. White vinegar is a GREAT natural fabric softener. It prevents further build-up, eliminates static, and makes towels softer.
Make sure towels are drying quickly enough after using them. Hang them on towel bars or spread across two hooks until they’re completely dry.