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How to Wash Towels

Towels get a lot of use – the cleaner they are, the cleaner we are! Learn how to wash towels back to fresh and clean in this straightforward how to guide!


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Healthy skin is vital to our well-being, so the next time you step out of the bath or shower, make sure you give your body the drying treatment it deserves with a nice, soft towel!

Understanding not only how to wash towels, but how to make towels soft is therefore of real importance and shouldn’t be saved as a treat or indulgence. Here we answer some everyday questions to help you show your appreciation to the everyday towel.

For the best results, use a quality laundry detergent like Omo Liquid, and always remember to remove towels from the machine straight after the cycle is finished. If left wet for too long, mildew can start to grow and your towels will develop an unwanted musty smell!

How Often Should You Wash Towels?

Every time you dry your body with a towel you brush off dead skin cells, even after washing. Hardly a pleasant thought and, what’s worse, these cells collect in the fibres of your towel and breed germs in the moisture. It is therefore advised that you wash towels once a week, or after every three to five uses. On a day-to-day basis, hang up your towel to dry after every wash, being careful to avoid bunching so it can dry out properly.

How to Wash Towels

If you’re wondering the basic method for how to wash towels, the answer is quite simple: on a regular cycle and with a quality laundry detergent like Omo Liquid.

How to Keep Towels Soft

Always remove towels from the machine as soon as the cycle has finished to prevent mildew. Tumble-drying on a high heat will help keep your towels soft, but if you don’t have a tumble dryer, hang your towels outside to dry in the sun. Both methods will help sanitise your towels further but a tumble dryer can actually kill more germs than the wash itself. Alternating between the two (tumble drying for 20 minutes before hanging on a clothesline) will help protect the fibres of your towel and produce the best results. Once your towel is completely dry, carefully fold and store in a cupboard or drawer.

How to Wash Towels That Are White

You can wash your white towels as you would any other towel – but, in order to prevent any discolouration or colour bleed, wash your white towels separately from towels of other colours. We recommend using Omo Ultimate Liquid– just follow the directions on the label.

How to Wash New Towels

It’s a good idea to wash new towels before you use them at home. Wash new towels as normal to get them clean and soft – you shouldn’t need to do anything special for new towels.

Can You Wash Towels with Clothes?

Even the softest towels are made from pretty sturdy stuff, so it’s important that you don’t treat them in the same way as you would your clothes. Towels could damage the fibres of more delicate clothing items, so it’s best to wash towels separately.

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