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How to Wash Towels in the Washing Machine

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Wash Towels in the Washing Machine

After a good shower or a relaxing bath, it feels so very pleasant to be wrapped up in and dried off with a soft towel. But as we know, the more we use towels the older and rougher they get, so it seems very hard to get them back to their original state. However, if we take the correct care and wash them properly from the beginning, it is possible to prolong their softness and fluffiness to enjoy them for much longer. Want to know how? Then read this OneHowTo article, where we reveal the best tips to wash towels in the washing machine.

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Steps to follow:


Although this is an optional tip, washing your towels separately from other garments is a good way to keep their fibers from clumping, to stop them absorbing the colors of other clothing as well as leave them full of lint. So, to save money and energy, you can wait until you have enough dirty towels and wash them altogether and get better results. Yes, you shouldn't wash too many towels at once, as they should be able to move easily for water to pass well between them to completely clean them.

How to Wash Towels in the Washing Machine - Step 1

Also, remember that you should wash new towels before using them, and the best way to do so is by using half the normal amount of detergent that you usually use and adding a little white vinegar (half a cup) into the detergent drawer of your washing machine to prevent the color from fading so easily. Make sure you wash your towels frequently, especially face towels, as the accumulation of germs is higher. Take a look at how often to wash towels for more information.


The above method doesn't just work for new ones, it is also perfect for keeping older towels in good condition. In order to wash towels and to always keep them clean and fluffy, it is best to put them on a cold water wash cycle for which you only have to add some detergent into the drawer and some white vinegar. Don't worry about your towels smelling like the white vinegar as this is removed during the wash cycle. Now if you'd rather not risk it, you can always soak the towels in a container with water and a little white vinegar just before loading them into the washing machine, then wash them using only detergent.

Another option is to replace the white vinegar with a cup of scented ammonia and a squeeze of lemon juice, which will also give you very soft and clean towels.

You can use vinegar to wash your washing machine and for other cleaning and beauty purposes as well.

How to Wash Towels in the Washing Machine - Step 3

Once the wash cycle has finished, you'll be able to hang up the towels to dry outdoors. Just take them out of the washing machine and to make sure that they are perfect, shake them out one by one and then hang them up to air dry but not in an area where they will be directly in sunlight.

If you have a tumble dryer, even better! It is perfect for removing all the moisture from your towels and leaving them soft and perfect.

How to Wash Towels in the Washing Machine - Step 4

It is very important that before you take down the towels to put them away, you wait for them to have dried completely and don't use steam irons, as they may leave them damp and also lead to unpleasant odors.

Now you know how to wash towels in the washing machine you may also be interested in learning these washing hacks that will make your washing much easier and effective:

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  • Remember to always read the care labelin order to know whether you can or cannot wash the towel in the washing machine
  • If you want your towels to be softer you can alsouse fabric softener to the washing machine, adding it to the softener dispenser
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Oh really? Use towels 3-4 times before washing them? Thats exactly the opposite of what the article (and common sense) says. Use a towel once, and get it into the laundry within 3-4 days and wash properly with minimal detergent, no fab softener, and dry promptly. Anything other than that, and you'll ruin your fabrics, they will smell, and you will be rubbing your clean body, with feces particles and dead skin for 3 days in a row if you keep using dirty towels. Use your brain.
what is the best washing product to keep your towels in good order? Also how long should towels be used for I only use them once? What is the life span of towels?
Alba Charles (oneHOWTO editor)
You don't need to wash the towels everytime after using them, you can use them three or four times safely. For the towels to dry correctly, hang them completely spread on the rack, this way they won't breed bacteria and mold. You can use any washing detergent you want, but only use the recommended amount on every wash (the recommended amount will be written in the bottle)
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