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.