Apr 112011
 

towels

I don’t know about you, but for me, I have my two or three favorite bath towels, and it’s never a happy morning when none of them are available. There’s nothing better than being greeted by a dry, warm, fluffy, and sweet-smelling towel when you step out of the shower into the cool air. Therefore, to keep your favorite towels around for years to come, follow these simple tips.

1. Use natural laundry detergents.

Not only are natural laundry detergents better for the environment, they also don’t break down fabric fibers as fast as harsh detergents. Remember that you get what you pay for, so if you consistently use the cheapest laundry detergent you can find, you will probably be breaking your fabrics down much faster than if you invested a little more.

2. Actually read the label.

It seems that hardly anyone actually reads the instructions for care when it comes to fabrics. For example, some fabrics call for cold water wash, but if you wash everything in hot water, your favorite towel will break down much faster. Furthermore, the Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science says that the majority of Americans use more detergent than they need to. This, too, will break down your fabrics, so read the label on the towel, but also the label on the detergent.

3. Wash your towel.

Although this comment might seem very Captain Obvious, wash your towel regularly. Items like blue jeans can last a lot longer when you wash less often, but because towels are much thicker and have a much greater surface area, smells and stains stick in them more easily than in blue jeans. Therefore, wash your towels on a regular cycle – don’t procrastinate.

4. Don’t be tempted to put away damp towels.

Towels seem to be one of those items that never quite gets dry in the drier. Nevertheless, don’t be tempted: make sure your towel is completely dry before you fold it and put it away. The dampness will harbor bacteria and mold, causing the towel to get musty – possibly permanently.

Follow these four tips, and your favorite towel will be around for years to come.

 

Mar 232011
 

towels

On March 9, 2011, a fire at a nursing home in North Charleston, SC, forced 170 residents out of their home. The local fire department investigated the blaze to find out what went wrong at White Oak Manor nursing home. What they discovered may be surprising to you: hot towels were to blame. According to a fire department spokeswoman, commercial dryers use a heat setting that’s much higher than an ordinary, household dryer. The nursing home staff used an alcohol-based fabric softener with the towels. While the towels were still hot, they were placed inside a linen closet. The high heat of the dryer, when combined with the alcohol-based fabric softener, caused the towels to ignite, starting the fire.

Not the First Time It’s Happened

Although spontaneously combusting towels may seem like an unlikely cause of a fire, it’s not the first time it happened. In fact, a few months before the Charleston nursing home fire, the exact same thing happened at an education center in Roanoke, VA — hot towels that recently removed from a commercial dryer spontaneously combusted. No one was hurt, but the fire caused $21,000 in damages.

Meanwhile, in the summer of 2010, two Spokane house fires that started within hours of each other both began when someone microwaved bath towels.

Fire Safety Tips

Fans of the old sitcom Seinfeld might remember the episode where the character Kramer decided to use his oven to get that “dryer-fresh” feeling for his clothes, and subsequently caught his apartment on fire. Although the episode was laughable, fires at schools, nursing homes, and houses really are not funny.

When a towel comes out of a commercial dryer or a microwave, be aware that it will retain high levels of heat. Allow towels to cool before placing them on a wooden surface or putting them in an enclosed area, such as a linen closet, where heat cannot dissipate. In particular, check the ingredients to the fabric softener you use for linens, and if it’s alcohol-based, you may wish to change brands. This is especially important when using a commercial-strength dryer.

Finally, even though Kramer seemed to have something going, have the common sense not to place towels in ovens or microwaves.

 

Feb 162011
 

bath towels

Clean, soft bath towels are items we crave after a hot shower or bath. However, we don’t always get what we crave if our towels are not washed properly or of poor quality.

Here are top 5 tips for caring for bath towels.

1. Don’t Hang Dry

You will need to avoid hanging your towels on the line, and instead, put your towels in the dryer for at least thirty minutes. Although hanging your towels on the line is most energy efficient and least expensive, it doesn’t make for a soft towel.

2. No Fabric Softeners

Avoid fabric softeners. Too much of this product creates less absorbent towels. Absorbency is part of what you want with a soft towel. Wash your towels periodically with vinegar to strip away built up fabric softener.

3. Don’t Overfill Your Wash

Stuffing too many towels in your washer is a bad idea. Your towels will wash evenly and then dry evenly if they have room to move around in the wash.

4. Shake, Use Medium Heat and Fluff

Take your towels out of the washer and shake them a couple times before putting them in the dryer. It is important to dry your towels on medium heat, not high heat. Fluff your towels before you fold them.

5. Start with Good Quality

It is easier to care for bath towels when you buy superior quality towels to begin with. Splurge on Supima, Egyptian or Turkish cotton towels for the best towels. In addition, these towels are not only soft when you buy them, but they get softer with each wash.

Feb 012011
 

bath

Luxurious oil-rubbed bronze bath fixtures and spa accessories are very popular consumer products this season. This type of bronze finishing is chemically enhanced to simulate the naturally aged-bronze patinas that are found on items in antique stores and museums. The shapes of these metal products are new and modern in appearance; however, the luxury finishing treatments that are applied on top of the metals can make them appear to be old.

Are the oil-rubbed bronze bathroom fixtures a good value?

The appearance of traditional bronze bars for towels or hooks for robes includes a shiny finish. As bronze ages, the shine deteriorates into a non-glossy darkened surface patina that still includes a shimmering hint of the base-metal colors underneath. New oil-rubbed bronze metals display elegant Turkish bathrobes / towels, common cotton bath towels and all other styles of consumer or industrial linens with excellent stunning visual results.

The best way to describe rubbed-bronze finishes is through a comparison to the luscious variety of browns that are found in chocolate bars. The soft chocolaty surface layer on the oil-rubbed bronze fixtures is often gently illuminated by using copper or a copper-like metal during the manufacturing processes. Consumers everywhere are thrilled with their new shimmering bars for hand towels, hooks for kids’ robes and other types of fixtures.

Value: Interior design experts are always searching for appropriate metal parts and fixtures that are long-life products with an ability to remain fashionable throughout the constantly changing trends in consumer products. Oil-rubbed bronze fixtures will stay fashionable for a long time while they display eco-friendly Egyptian towels, monogrammed towels or waffle bathrobe sets and all manner of terry bathroom products. The new sturdy oil-rubbed bronze bathroom fixtures and accessories are fashionable long-life products.

Jan 052011
 

bath towels

The relationship between people and bath towels is something that has developed over many thousands of years, and possibly the first noteworthy use of the bath towel was when Noah packed at least a hundred of them into his ark and took to the waters with his doves looking for a drier climate.

Noah wasn’t the only biblical figure to place great value on towels, and they also came in handy for the wedding guests and disciples when the water was turned into wine as there was apparently a great deal of spillage. It is, however, fairly certain that Noah and his ilk didn’t have access to quite the abundance of luxury, quality bath and hand towels that are available to us ark-less people today not to mention the soft and luxurious kimono bathrobes, the many-colored eco friendly bath mats and the plush Egyptian cotton kids robes.

It is also a little known – but perfectly true – fact that Queen Cleopatra did not wrap herself up in a carpet when delivering herself to Caesar but that she chose, instead, to wrap herself in a sparkling white waffle bathrobe, complete with monogram and layered with several organic cotton bath towels. Towels of considerable historical significance next surfaced during the Boston Tea Party where they were used to mop up the excess sea-water after the tasteless tea bags had been upended into the harbor by Samuel Adams and his band of merry helpers.

Last but not least must be the tantalizing tale of the terry Turkish bathrobes / towels and how they figured in the creation of the world’s ultimate social network: Facebook. It is a well known fact that, while Mark Zuckerberg walked the corridors of Harvard and worked out the kinks on his worrisome website, he wore nothing but Turkish cotton terry kimono bath robes and snuggled up only to sandstone, coffee and aloe-colored bamboo rayon / Egyptian cotton bathtowels.

Given man’s past association with quality bath towels – not to mention a tubmat or two in the spa – there is literally no telling where this relationship will go next.

Dec 252010
 

Bamboo Towels

You’ll never guess what the latest craze is to make your bathroom eco-friendly. Want to try to guess?

“Is it saving water with a low-flow toilet?” No, that’s so 2008.

“What about saving water with a better shower head?” No, you’re still off the mark. Think of something other than water.

“I give up. Just tell me already!”

Ok, here it is: bamboo fiber towels. Now, I know what you must be thinking: “A towel made out of bamboo? No thank you, I’d rather use my welcome mat to dry myself.” If this is what comes to mind, however – a scratchy, uncomfortable towel destined to be the latest failed effort of the green movement – you’d be completely wrong.

Bamboo can be used for a whole array of applications. From durable scaffolding on high-rise construction, to resilient, beautiful flooring, it seems that the uses for this Asian plant will never end. The latest among these uses is bamboo towels and bamboo bathroom rugs.

Bamboo fiber is five times more absorbent than cotton, yet it dries even faster. While most types of textiles need chemical treatments or synthetic ingredients to achieve such bragging rights, the structure of bamboo fiber is perfect for drying. Bamboo fibers are oblong and hollow, which explains why they have such amazing absorbent and quick-drying capabilities.

Furthermore, bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial, resisting infiltration by staph bacteria, E. coli, and other bacteria types. Not only can a bamboo fiber towel improve your family’s health, its bacteria resistance also means that the towels don’t tend to start smelling.

Finally, bamboo is a renewable resource that can be grown organically. An organic bamboo fiber towel or bathroom rug gives you all the best that eco-friendly products have to offer.

Nov 272010
 

bath towels

For folks who care about their bath towels, two words come to mind – quality and luxury. When it comes to bath towels, not all of them are made equal. The best are considered the ultimate indulgence for the bath. The best way to end a refreshing shower or a relaxing bath is to slip a quality bath towel around the body.

Purchasing good quality is worth it not only for how these products feel to the touch, but also because of how long they last. Sure, you can buy cheaper products, but how will they feel to the touch and how long will they last? Are you really saving money if you have to buy new bath towels every year?

These luxurious products come in a variety of types, such as Egyptian cotton. When it comes to bath towels, luxury doesn’t get much better than an over-sized, thick and absorbent Egyptian cotton towel. Choose from a range of colors that will best match your bathroom. These are towels you’ll want close at hand for easy access after the bath or shower. Look for them in sets of bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths.

Nov 232010
 

christmas

There’s nothing quite like a house decorated for the holidays. But if, like most people, you are watching your pennies this holiday season, there’s still a way you can enjoy some new decor without busting your budget.

If you don’t already have one, purchase a shallow glass bowl from your local discount store. Stack Christmas balls inside for an instant boost of holiday cheer. For extra elegance, coordinate the color of the balls with your room. Can’t find one with a pattern you like? Purchase plain ones, some craft glue and glitter. Paint the glue on in stripes, polka dots or all over then poor the glitter on top (be sure to lay out some old newspaper on your table first).

If you have a straight vase, tie peppermint sticks around it with a red ribbon for a bit of holiday flair.

Purchase a few Christmas-themed hand towels to display in your kitchen. For your bathroom, some whimsical holiday towels with gingerbread men are a nice and surprising touch for guests.

With touches like these, it’s easy to give every room in your home a holiday feel without breaking the bank.

Nov 202010
 

Organic Towels

As our world evolves, the environment has become one of the number one concerns of its human inhabitants. These days you can buy eco friendly shopping bags, clothing, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, bath towels and more. Eco friendly bath towels have become more and more popular as a way to dry wet bodies and relax in comfort, but still be kind to the environment.

What is an eco friendly bath towel? It’s a towel made without the harmful chemicals used in standard towels. They are products made from fibers raised without pesticides and artificial fertilizers. Certified combed organic cotton towels are a good example of such products.

When washing these towels, make sure to stick to an eco friendly washing routine, as well. There are various organic laundry detergents available on the markets that are free of harmful chemicals. Do not use fabric softeners or bleaches. And consider removing your towels from the washing machine, shaking them and then hanging them to dry under the sun. If not, stick your towels in the dryer on a low setting.

Nov 112010
 

Bath time for children always seems like an event. There’s the warm water, special tub toys, and lots of exciting bubbles. However, when the bubbles are gone and the bath toys are finished being played with, there’s something wonderful about wrapping up your child in a soft, bath towel. Like icing on a cake, the warm embrace of a cotton towel finishes the bath time experience with a peaceful moment.

Creating that special time together after bath time is simple if you choose a colorful or playful bath towel. Children love bright colors or special designs that show off their fun-loving side. So, even though the bath part of this nightly ritual might be over, the cuddle time with their favorite bath towel really finishes off this family time in a unique way.

As you take the time to hold your child in a warm towel, realize that these are the moments that you’ll cherish as they get older. So even if your child wriggles a bit in your hands as you dry him or her off, that towel time together is actually a precious memory in the making.

Nov 082010
 

There are numerous ways to decorate a guest bathroom. One way is with monogrammed towels. These towels are popular as wedding gifts, but consider purchasing them for your own bathrooms.

Choose towels based on your color scheme and design. If your guest bathroom is mostly black, with a dash of red, perhaps your choice is red towels to pull out the color red. If your guest bathroom is a soft pink, you’ll want to stick with a soft pink color scheme.

Then choose your letters. You can now begin to get creative. For example, for a guest bathroom of Jenny and Tom Smith, choose “S,” the first letter of the last name. A single letter on each towel is an attractive monogram. Or, how about the first letters of Jenny and Tom, along with the letter S. This is the standard three letter combination for a married couple.

Which letter goes on what side? In today’s modern world, there are no hard and fast rules. But the traditional way is for the man’s first initial to go on the left, the woman’s first initial to go on the right and the first initial of the last name to go in the middle.

There are many different letter styles to choose from. Some are traditional with that old world flavor. Others are hip and ultra modern. Letters should fall on the bottom middle of your hand towel or bath towel. Choose the color of the letters to match properly with your towels. A red towel in a black bathroom would look great with black lettering, for example.

Nov 042010
 

london

If you’re planning on spending time in a London budget hotel, you might want to bring your own towel. In the same spirit as budget airlines, where anything more than your little bag of eight peanuts will cost you at least five bucks, one particular London budget hotel now has a fee for everything – even your towel.

Tune Hotel Westminster is located just 30 feet from a Tube station. You can make your way to Buckingham Palace in 10 minutes; Oxford Circus is a mere five stops away. Rates start at $54, and peak at $99 – what a deal!

However, for $54, you get one of the rooms without any windows. The room is also incredibly small, with barely enough room to open up your suitcase on the floor.

The other catch is that you pay extra for everything. $2.40 per day. Feel like relaxing with an English soap opera at the end of a day of sightseeing? It will cost you almost $5 every day that you activate the television. Oh, and don’t worry about the housekeeper walking in at an awkward time; you have to pay $12 just to get a housekeeper to show up more often than once every three days. Forget a free continental breakfast; Tune Hotel offers great breakfast, but it’s $7.

Could this be the hotel trend of the future? Perhaps budget hotels, like budget airlines, will start expecting you to always bring your own towel, and that $2.40 per towel rate might even seem cheap in a few more years.

Oct 292010
 

Towels

No home is complete without the right set of towels. This is more than simply walking down an aisle and picking just any old hand towels or bathrobes off the shelves. Instead, it means really thinking about how to find the best quality towels for your home. Soft, organic, and attractive mats, hand towels, and robes speak volumes about you. The following are some reasons to buy only the best bath items.

Whenever a person looks down at your monogram bamboo towels, they will think of you, your home, and their stay here. This ensures that the best first impression is made and that people will leave your home impressed. And of course, this sort of makes a person feel as though he or she belongs to your family and that they are welcome.

A guest is only as happy as how you make them feel: every little detail counts. This is why you should only buy the most luxurious and eye pleasing towels around. You can take great pride whenever you see loved ones walking around in a waffle bathrobe with your family’s initials embroidered on the cotton.

Comfort is everything when you shower, wash your hands, or get ready for a night on the town. If you wear a soft robe made of the best Egyptian fabric or bamboo cotton, you will no doubt feel more pampered, relaxed, and happy. Thus, such a simple decision as which robe or towel to buy can really have some great effects. This is a chance to feel as though you are wiping your body with a cloud after a long hot shower. The little things mean a lot when it comes to your happiness. This is why you should buy the best towels money can buy.

Be smart about this decision so that you can really make guests, family members, and friends feel at home when they come to visit. Such decisions ensure that people feel comfortable, have a nice time, and get what they need. Being a good host means considering all options when filling your house full of towels of all shapes and sizes. Choose only the best and you and your loved ones will no doubt feel pampered every single moment they use such a bath towel or accessory.

Oct 232010
 

I have always been fascinated by colors and am totally in my element whenever I’m in a paint or crafts shop where hundreds of hues are displayed for my enjoyment. It wasn’t, however, until I started shopping for luxury towels and bathrobes that I realized I could provide a fix for my color addiction in my very own bathroom.

Quality bath towels and hand towels were on top of my list of must-buys, and I was simply stunned at the number of colors that towels are available in today. Egyptian cotton towels, for instance, come in no less than eight different colors ranging from the fairly predictable white and cream to the excitingly new espresso, meadow, rosebud and air blue. Supima towels, on the other hand, which are made of American Superior Pima cotton, come in such intriguing shades as bisque, merlot and tarragon while organic towels – 100% eco friendly – come in, among other colors, green tea, Aegean blue, coffee and stone. Bath mats were next on the list, and, when I looked at the luxurious Bamboo bath mats, I had a hard time choosing between the mat in adorable aloe, the tubmat in calming cloud and the bath mat in soft sandstone.

The world of bath robes also opened up a world of colors for me, and I was totally in my element exploring the different robe brands and their cleverly creative colors. The Terry kimono robes, for instance, came in sparkling white while the Waffle bathrobe was available in a beautiful shade of beige. The Ultra Soft cotton / bamboo bathrobes, on the other hand, dazzle the eye in coffee and the interesting shade of light blue that’s known as rain, and kids robes – possibly the most fun of them all – are pretty in pink and wonderful in white.

The fact that most of these Turkish bathrobes/towels and pure cotton bath mats are machine washable, of excellent quality and can even sport a monogram will – strangely – always be less important to me than the fact that they come in such gorgeous colors.