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How to wash towels, dry them, and make them soft and fluffy

A soft and fluffy towel is the ultimate luxury after a soak in the bath or a nice hot shower. Learn the best way to wash towels to achieve this with our tips on how to wash towels and make them fluffy!

Updated By Cleanipedia Team

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Having soft, fluffy towels doesn't have to be a treat reserved for spa days - especially if you know how to wash towels the right way. Read on for our simple guide where we'll show you just how easy it is to wash and tumble dry towels and achieve the perfect luxurious finish.

If you want to know how to wash towels to achieve a the ultimate fluffy texture and also ensure they smell great too, always use a good quality fabric conditioner like Comfort Pure. Don't forget to always check the care label before washing.

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How to wash towels: top tips and tricks

The steps for how to wash towels and achieve the ultimate soft and fluffy texture are simple once you know how. Follow the tips and tricks below to learn how to get fluffy towels after every wash.

  1. Separate your towels from other laundry when washing them.

    The best way to wash towels in your quest for learning how to make towels fluffy is to wash them with other towels, separate from the rest of your laundry. This is both to achieve the soft texture you're after but also to protect more delicate fabrics - after all, towels are made of pretty sturdy stuff.

  2. Separate the darks and lights.

    As with steps for washing other laundry, it is always best to separate colours and lights and wash them with like for like items.

  3. Use a hot wash cycle.

    The hotter the wash, the softer the towels. If you're still unsure what setting to wash towels on, a mixed load setting will be the safest option. Always remember to check the care label before washing. Some may recommend an exact temperature for washing.

  4. Use a good quality laundry detergent.

  5. Don't forget to add in some fabric conditioner.

    This is one of the most important steps when it comes to understanding how to make towels soft. Using a fabric conditioner like Comfort Pure will help make them soft and fluffy, as it deposits lubricating chemicals onto your towels to reduce static, make the fibres feel softer and of course, help the towels to smell great too.

  6. Always remove towels from the machine as soon as the cycle has finished.

    This will help to prevent mildew build-up which can lead to musty smells.

  7. Don't be scared to tumble dry towels on a high heat.

    If you don’t have a tumble dryer, hang your towels outside to dry in the sun. Regardless of which option you go for, both these drying methods will help sanitise your towels further.

    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.

  8. Once your towel is completely dry, carefully fold and store in a cupboard or drawer.

    Now your know how to make towels soft and fluffy, you'll want to keep them that way. For optimum results, store them in a warm airing cupboard. 

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Now you know everything from how to wash towels to how long to dry towels in the dryer, you have everything you need to be able to have super soft and fluffy towels at the ready every day.

Frequently asked questions on how to wash towels

How often should I wash my towels?

Every time you dry your body with a towel you brush off dead skin cells, even after washing. These cells collect in the fibres of your towel and breed germs in the moisture. It’s 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 a warm cycle using a good quality laundry detergent and fabric conditioner. Wash them with similar colours to avoid colour transfer and avoid using bleach-based products as these can damage the fabric. Don't forget, you should always check the care label and follow the manufacturer's guidelines.

Should you tumble dry towels?

It is definitely worth your while popping your towels into the dryer if you have one. Not only will it leave your towels soft a fluffy, but a tumble dryer can actually kill more germs than the wash itself. For bonus, added fluffiness, pop a couple of dryer balls into the machine with your towels.

What’s the best way to wash new towels?

It’s a good idea to wash new towels before you use them at home. Washing new towels as normal using a good quality detergent and fabric conditioner on a high heat will get them clean, soft, and ready for use. Just be sure you always check the care label before washing.

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