Jun 012011
 

Towel Exercises

Want to take your workouts up a notch? Consider adding a towel. No, not the kind of towel you carry around with you to wipe off the sweat; use towels in creative, simple ways that don’t even require you to leave the living room. Here are three towel exercises you can do at home with a regular bath towel.

1. The Standing Twist

Twists are a good way to build the strength of your core muscles. Add a towel for even better results. Begin by holding the towel in front of you, a little wider than your shoulders. Pull on the ends of the towel and twist slowly from right to left as you do so. Pulling on the towel works your upper body, keeps your posture upright, and puts your shoulders into alignment as you do the exercise.

2. Tricep Extensions

Start this exercise by putting one hand in the small of your back, grasping your towel with your palm facing out. With your other hand, grab the other end of the towel and bring your elbow up, pointed at about a ninety-degree angle at the level of your ear. The towel is behind your back, as if you were going to dry your back off after a shower. Now, simply pull with both hands; you are using the towel as your resistance or weight.

3. Towel Squats

Squats are one of the most classic quad exercises of all. As with your standing twist, you grip the towel at either end, a little wider than your shoulders. Hold the towel in front of you as you squat down to workout your legs. The towel will make your posture correct and strengthen your upper back muscles as you tone your quads.

All three of these exercises are simple ones that you can do at work or at home to keep your body moving and start working out your muscles.

May 212011
 

Organic Towel

Good quality white towels are the standard at top hotels. However, white towels are not only for hotel guests. You can incorporate the look into your own life. Towels of this color brighten up a room and look fresh and clean. Here are a few tips:

By the Tub

Is your bathroom an oasis? Have you outfitted it with a sunken tub, complete with whirlpool? Chances are your tub is the perfect place for you to escape after a hard days’ work. Keep a small pile of white towels by your tub. Three is always a good number. Folded and neatly stacked, they will give you the feeling that you’re being pampered, just like at a spa. If there is no place on your tub, put them in an attractive wicker basket.

Black and White

Black and white towels look great together. Consider incorporating black and white touches to a white bathroom or black if you have one. For an extra touch, consider monogramming your white and black towels. Use black thread on the white and white thread on the black.

Health Club

Instead of bringing your worst towels to the health club to wipe the sweat off your brow, bring good quality white hand towels. They will feel good against your skin and look good next to your attractive workout suit.

Stay Looking Nicer Longer Than Colored

Often white towels stay looking fresher longer than colored towels which often lose their original color over time. You don’t have to use bleach on your white towels, which is harmful to the environment. Try adding vinegar to the wash instead.

 

May 182011
 

Bamboo Towels

If you’re interested in luxury bath linens, you’ve probably heard about bamboo towels, and you wonder what all the fuss is about. You see that articles and ads of bamboo bath and kitchen products popping up all over. Why are bamboo towels becoming more and more popular?

When we finish with our shower or bath, we want a soft towel. Bamboo towels and bathrobes are naturally soft, and therefore, feel great on the skin. In addition, bamboo towels and robes are absorbent, even more so than cotton. And each time you use them, they get even more absorbent.

One fundamental reason for their popularity is because bamboo towels were advertised as naturally antibacterial due to their fibers. These ads were especially for newborn babies or people with sensitive skin or medical conditions, such as ringworm or athletes foot.

According to some sellers, due to the fact that bamboo towels are antibacterial and sustainable, they are also eco-friendly. Most people are interested in protecting and saving the environment, so many people thought that buying bamboo towels is one way to do that.

A bamboo plant can grow several feet in one day during its season. Therefore, they are easy to restore. The downside to using bamboo is that it is imported, and there are chemicals needed to make bamboo into towels. Bamboo fibers are hard by nature and they need to be processed with chemicals to make soft bamboo rayon from them. When bamboo becomes bamboo rayon, it is not antibacterial any more. Experts agree that when it comes to environmentally friendly options, the use of bamboo rayon as a textile fiber does not qualify.

Although they don’t qualify as antibacterial or eco-friendly, they absorb more water and they are softer than cotton towels. Quality continues to be one of the best ways to get the most out of your money. Bamboo towels are towels of quality. Yes, they cost more, but their construction is better and they last for a long time. Therefore, it is money well spent.  However, make sure you buy your bamboo towels from a company you can trust. Imitations exist in a variety of ways, and the same can happen to bamboo towels.

May 092011
 

towels

I remember being on a family vacation at about the age of ten, and as we were packing up to leave the hotel room, my father started to pack the hotel towels into our suitcases. My mother looked at him with a puzzled expression and asked him what he was doing. He replied, without fanfare, that we were taking the towels home.

“No!” she immediately exclaimed. “That’s tacky.”

They argued about it for a minute or two, but my father finally acquiesced and returned the towels to his rack. His argument had been that the hotel simply expects patrons to take the towels with them, not unlike the mini-soap and the mini-shampoo. My mother had a very different view on the situation, and couldn’t imagine (a) that the hotel wanted us to take their towels or (b) what need we had of the scratchy, white, and oft-used hotel towels at home anyway.

Technology Bests Criminals Again

If that family vacation had been taken today, however, my father might not have been so quick to start packing the towels. These days, many of the fanciest hotels are incorporating radio frequency identification, or RFID-chips, into their towels and robes.

There’s nothing new about RFID-chips. They have long been used to prevent the theft of books, to track the movement of animals, and to prevent illegal logging, but up until now they were not part of a hotel’s security system.

As of April 2011, three upscale hotels have invested in the RFID technology. They’ve put tags on their towels, their bathrobes, and other linens. A hotel in Hawaii says that before they tagged their towels, they would lose an astonishing 4,000 per month to people like my Dad. Now that everything’s tagged, that number has fallen to 750. While there are still 750 towel thefts per month, it’s a heck of a lot better than 4,000. The hotels are said to save almost $16,000 per month. Remember this the next time you’re tempted to take a towel or a bathrobe home with you as a vacation memento!

 

May 052011
 

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The best bath towels are towels that are soft. They add to the pleasure of a bath or shower. However, not all towels feel good against the body and nice to the touch. What are 5 ways to get soft towels?

1. Wash your towels before the first use. If you choose material that is of the highest quality, this step may not be necessary.

2. Avoid fabric softeners. They leave a waxy residue which interferes with the quality and softness of the material.

3. Place your towels in the dryer after each wash. Hanging towels on the line typically does not create a soft result.

4. Choose top quality cotton, such as Egyptian or Supima. Avoid synthetic material, because this type of material is not as soft as good quality cotton. You will also find that towels, such as Egyptian cotton towels, get softer with each wash.

5. Choose heavier towels for softer towels. Once again, this is where quality matters.

 

May 022011
 

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What does it mean to be eco friendly? It means choosing natural products to use during your life. It is not only good for the environment, living an eco friendly life is also good for your health.

When is the best time to start living this way? Now! If you start slowly, eventually you will have a lifestyle change that you will enjoy and feel good about.

Decide to reduce the amount of products you’re using that are harmful to the environment. Look at what you can reuse instead of throw away. Start recycling if you aren’t already. Join “green” organizations that put the environment as their focus. Finally, choose eco friendly products. One area to focus on is the bathroom.

Bamboo

Bamboo is a good product to choose for an eco friendly life, because it is cultivated with no pesticides or chemicals. It requires only natural rainfall, which means that water does not have to be piped in. Bamboo is highly renewable. When a cane is cut, it grows up to 12 inches a day. In addition, material made from Bamboo is good for people with skin conditions, because it has a natural antibacterial component. Bamboo rayon is used in bathrobes and towels. The result is a soft, high quality towel or bathrobe.

Organic towels

Look for organic towels made from 100 percent organic cotton. Cotton that is not grown organically is grown with pesticides that are damaging to the soil, air and water.

Soap, shampoo and conditioner

Take a look at the soap, shampoo and conditioner you’re using. Are they eco friendly? Many of these cleaning agents contain harmful chemicals that can be irritating to the skin and harmful to the environment. Instead, choose soaps, shampoos and conditioners made from plants or vegetable oils. Look for homemade products.

Apr 282011
 

Robe

Some online stores offer a free monogram with a bathrobe purchase. Consider taking them up on the offer. A quality bathrobe is an excellent purchase, but monogrammed robes make great gifts too.

Two opportunities that are suitable for this type of gift are weddings and anniversaries. If you’re stuck on the perfect gift to give to a newlywed couple, consider putting a monogram on a bathrobe for each of them.

Choose a quality robe in bamboo, supima or terry kimono, for examples. If you know the color of the couple’s bathroom, pick robes that will match this color, because many people opt to hang their robes in the bathroom in plain view. Otherwise, consider white as the color for the robes. White is reminiscent of luxurious hotel robes.

You can have lots of fun deciding on the monogram, because there are a number of options to choose from for the words and style. You can go for the traditional “His” and “Hers”. Or, try putting the first name of each member of the couple on the robes.

Monogrammed robes are also terrific gifts for an anniversary present, especially the second anniversary, because “something cotton” is the custom. A supima cotton robe, for example, is the ultimate in luxury and will last for many years to come.

There are other occasions when monogrammed bathrobes are perfect. How about giving one to an employee for a job well done? A new mom would love a luxurious bathrobe with monogram. Motherhood is hard work, and a new mom would love the treat. Finally, a monogrammed bathrobe is a delightful gift for yourself.

Apr 222011
 

hand towels

Do you use hand towels? Chances are the answer is “no”. It seems, more and more, that people reach for bath towels and sometimes washcloths, but rarely hand towels. However, hand towels serve more than one purpose.

Here are three reasons why hand towels are still important:

Better for your face

After you wash your face, you want it to be clean. Taking the bath towel that you just used on your body and putting it to your face may not be the best idea, especially if you want blemish free skin. Air drying your wet face is the best way. Otherwise, use a clean hand towel.

Choose hand towels over washcloths to save money

When it comes to towels, you want to buy quality. As a result, your budget may only include enough for the bath towels and the washcloths. Ask yourself how often you use washcloths. Are you really a loofah person, or do you just use your hands? A good quality, clean hand towel is a good choice for patting your face dry.

Great for guests

Hand towels are excellent for guest bathrooms. Instead of taking bath towels, which are large in size, and hanging them for your guests, choose hand towels. They are the traditional size for guest bathrooms and are easy for your guests to manage.

Apr 202011
 

ice cream

Gather-up your clean bath towels, hand towels and bath mats. With summertime almost here, it is time to treat all of the youngsters in your life to some cheap ice cream in a bag.

What you will need to make cheap ice cream in a bag:

Cheap Ice Cream In A Bag

~ Towels, Towels, Towels

~ 1 gallon size Ziploc style of plastic freezer bag

~ 1 pint size Ziploc style of plastic freezer bag

~ ½ cup milk, buttermilk or cream

~ 5 or 6 drops of flavor extract (Example: vanilla, cherry, orange or strawberry)

~ 1 tablespoon of sweetener (Example: white sugar, brown sugar or honey)

~ 1 heaping 1/3 cup of rock salt, about 6 tablespoons

~ Ice Cubes

  1. Line your work surface with a clean bath mat, terry robe or other item that will provide padding.
  2. Dump the milk, extract and sweetener into the small Ziploc-style bag and zip the top closed.
  3. Fill the large Ziploc-style of bag about half full of ice and add the rock salt.
  4. Place the small bag of ingredients inside of the larger bag and zip the top closed.
  5. Lay a towel flat on top of your workspace padding.
  6. Wrap the ice cream bag in the terry or cotton towel so that it becomes a bundle.
  7. Tell your child to roll the bundle back-and-forth on your padded work surface for 5 to 10 minutes.
  8. Un-bundle the hand towel or bath towel wrapper, release the small bag of ice cream and enjoy.

Optional: Older children often enjoy playing catch with their bundled ice cream bags until the ice cream is ready. The terry towel wrappers should be taped or tied to keep them around the ice cream bags during these games.

This activity is fun for children of all ages. The soft towel that is wrapped around the ice cream bags helps to hold the children’s interest because their hands do not get cold. Adults can do away with all of the formalities and make this style of homemade ice cream while they are sitting around in their bathrobes. Simply shake the ice cream bags for about 5 minutes whenever you are in the mood for some cheap fun-filled ice cream.

Apr 152011
 

towels

According to Douglas Adams, author of the incredibly successful “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series of sci-fi/fantasy books, a towel is the most important item that a galactic traveler could ever carry around with him.

In his books, Adams lists the many and varied uses to which towels can be put, and, although most of us don’t have to battle Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts of Traal on a daily basis, we can surely think of at least ten practical situations that could instantly be improved should towels be introduced into the equation. Although towels – along with fine bathrobes and bath mats – are usually found in bathrooms, there’s no rule saying that they have to stay there, and the congenial towel is also known for its appearance in the kitchen (the oven towel), next to the pool (the awesomely absorbent chamois sports towel) and on the beach (the common-or-garden beach towel).

Towels are popping up in all sorts of strange places these days, and, while Japan gives us the exotic oshibori wet towel – used to wet one’s hands before eating – England offers the traditional tea towel, which dries cooking implements in the kitchen. Specific types of towels have also been developed for specific parts of the body, and foot towels and hand towels are common examples of these types of towels.

Monogrammed towels – where the towel-owner has made his or her ownership of a particular rectangular piece of absorbent fabric obvious by embroidering his or her initials on it – are no longer the domain of only the rich and famous, and, these days, anyone who buys a towel can choose to have it so personalized. Bath robes can also be monogrammed, but, as towels generally run a larger risk of getting lost among general bathroom laundry, monogramming seems to work better for towels than bathrobes.

Those who worship towels should mark every May 25th on their calendars: this is when Adams’ Towel Day is celebrated and also when every wannabe galactic hitchhiker carries their favorite – and oh so useful! – towel around with them.

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.

 

Apr 052011
 

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Warning: Your bath towels are at risk. As graduation time comes around again, parents everywhere must understand that their favorite Egyptian cotton towels, soft hand towels and luxurious bath mats are leaving home for good. Your graduating high school seniors are not going to be thinking about sharing as they happily start boxing-up your complete collection of bath linens to take with them to college or into their own first apartments.

As parents, grandparents and friends are searching for the perfect graduation gifts for their favorite scholar, remember this upcoming bath linen dilemma. Graduating high school seniors need a collection of cotton towels and a bath tubmat at graduation time. Parents can be left with terry kids robes to chop into washcloths or they can prepare now to ensure that all members of the family have the bathrobes/towels that they need.

Monogram bathrobes and bath linens make very nice high school graduation gifts. The gift of household necessities adds to the thrill of leaving childhood behind after the high school graduation day ceremonies are completed. A luxury waffle bathrobe, eco-friendly pile of cotton towels or an organic Turkish spa mat will be appreciated daily after your graduate leaves home for college. Monogramming on graduation robes or towels ensures that these adult items will stay with your graduate under all types of conditions.

Mar 302011
 

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Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry on April 29, and everyone is catching the Royal Wedding fever. Although few people are royal members of the world, it’s nice to treat yourself like a king or queen. One way to do that is with products used in your bathroom. Here’s how:

Bathrobes

When you wrap yourself in a bathrobe, after a shower or bath, you just feel better. Bathrobes are cozy, and they keep you warm while covering you up. They’re so comfortable, you may keep yours on all day. To get the most out of a comfy robe, choose Egyptian, Supima or Turkish cotton bathrobes. You treat yourself like royalty when you wear a quality bathrobe.

Towels

No royal bathroom experience is complete without quality towels. Those towels that you find at the chain stores aren’t all of quality. They may lose their color, softness and even mildew over time. A royal bathroom experience includes quality towels of pure luxurious cotton. Egyptian, Supima and Turkish cotton are excellent choices. Quality towels are also made with bamboo and other organic materials. You get what you pay for when it comes to quality towels, so spend the money and treat yourself well. Find a large variety of quality towels at an online retailer.

Bath Mats

Don’t forget a quality bath mat for your royal bathroom experience. As with bathrobes and towels, the best mats are made of bamboo, Supima, Egyptian and more. When you step out of the bath or shower, you want to step onto clean, absorbent and soft bath mats. Match the color of your bath mat with your towels.

The Extras

Once you’ve taken care of the basics, don’t forget the extras. Invest in quality, natural bath products to cleanse your body and hair.

Give yourself a total royal bathroom experience. You deserve it!

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.