How to wash towels

We use towels on a daily basis so they deserve a bit of tender care! Read on for tips on how to wash towels and make them fluffy!

Key steps:

  • Hang up towels to dry after each use
  • Wash towels on a high heat and tumble dry if possible to kill germs
  • Avoid washing towels in the same load as clothes, especially delicates

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 laundry detergent like one from Surf 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.

What’s the best way to wash towels?

The best way to wash towels is on high heat (we recommend 60 degrees) using quality laundry detergent like Surf. You can use a fabric conditioner like Comfort to help make your towels soft and fluffy, always remembering to check the care label before washing.

Always remove towels from the machine as soon as the cycle has finished to prevent mildew. Tumble drying on 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.

What’s the best way 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 or with heavy items like jeans or trousers.