Feb 212012
 

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When most people hear the word “towels”, they bring to mind the soft rectangular squares of fabric used for drying off after a bath or shower. For those with creative minds, however, bath towels and hand towels can provide a rich crafting ground for fun and gift-worthy projects. As an added bonus, most towel craft projects can be unwound or unwoven to serve their more familiar purpose after the owner is done displaying them.

Towel Origami

An art form that’s gained popularity on cruise ships worldwide, delighted patrons have embraced this unusual craft on dry land as well. In addition to photo-filled books for sale that instruct novices how to make swans, turtles and more out of their towels, video sharing social sites also offer free videos for the curious. Towel origami is a great way for those interested in the traditional paper style of origami to get some experience without risking papercuts.

Boo Boo Bunnies

This super-easy craft project only requires a washcloth, rubber band, and some adhesive details like googly eyes and a pom pom. Simply roll the washcloth into a long tube, curve into a U, fold the U in half lengthwise and secure at this second fold with the rubber band. The result will be a small O shape at the bottom, a head-like bump at the front, and two tails that resemble ears above the head. Glue the eyes and nose at the appropriate places and you have a boo boo bunny! If a child is injured, an ice cube can be placed in the center of the O to enable easy handling and application to the injured area.

Bleach Art

This project works best with darker colored towels or mats and a large stencil of your desired shape. Using a clean, dry towel, place flat on an area that won’t be affected by discoloring, such as a driveway or front lawn. Fill a cheap spray bottle with laundry bleach (be sure to mark the bottle as poison for safety’s sake). Placing the stencil on the towel or mat and either securing with painter’s tape or a gloved hand, gently spray the bleach at the void area from a distance of about a foot. This will discolor the towel into a lighter hue in the shape of the stencil. For added style, spray around the edges of the stencil to make a unique frame effect. Let the towel dry completely, then wash alone to “set” the design.

Oct 072011
 

Hooded Bathrobes

Chances are you’ve owned a robe or two in your lifetime, but have you ever owned a hooded bathrobe? You may ask yourself why a bathrobe with a hood is something you would need. Well…you don’t need such a robe, but they sure are nice to have.

A hooded bathrobe made of quality fabric, such as Turkish cotton, is an item you’ll own for many years. You’ll love wrapping yourself in the luxury and the softness. You can have a robe waiting for you when you dry off from your bath or shower. Or, you can slip into one as a substitute for a towel.

Then, once you’re inside a fluffy bathrobe, cover your wet hair with the hood. With a hooded bathrobe, you can wrap your wet body in a cozy fabric and stay nice and comfortable before you change into other clothing.

Bathrobes with hoods are great for the bathroom, but they’re also wonderful poolside or at the hot tub. You’ll love a luxury hooded bathrobe so much you may find yourself wearing it all day.

Sep 262011
 

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Most people bathe several times a week, considering it a hygienic necessity and automatic part of their day to day lives. The act of community bathing, which functioned as a social network in the age before computers, has become sadly neglected in the fast pace of the modern world. Where once friendships, business deals, and gossip were exchanged over a relaxing soak from Rome to Russia, today’s bather is more apt to multi-task alone with everything from televisions to radios being installed in shower walls. Next time you’re considering a leisurely bath, why not bring your partner in to relax with you, or pick up the phone to chat with a friend? It’s easy to devote the time and attention needed for good conversation without the distractions of folding laundry, cooking, or other chores. Take a forced time out, brew up a bubble bath, and enjoy the results of a more rewarding connection!

When taking a quick shower in the morning, don’t be afraid to indulge. Just because you only have a few minutes to spare before work or school doesn’t mean that washing up should be anything less than enjoyable. Supplement your shower with some relaxing music, light a few scented candles, or try out some special shower-specific fizzy tablets. These scented tabs are placed on the floor of the shower, slowly dissolving as water droplets fall, releasing essential oil blends intended to do anything from waking up the user to clearing their lungs if they’re under the weather. Other accessories, such as a mounted foot scrubber or textured loofah, can join your shower routine to slough off dead skin and leave you looking radiant and refreshed almost instantly.

When stepping out of your bath or shower, don’t reach for that same tired old towel with the rough surface. Treat yourself to a soft Egyptian cotton towel or a turkish bathrobe to dry off in supreme comfort. A great investment in your well-being, these luxury bath items keep you warm and dry as you continue with your grooming rituals and feel sensational as well. Pick up a cotton mat for outside the shower and you can take your time to dry off in indulgent softness after every soak or rinse.

With very little effort, you can turn your ordinary bathroom into a special spa just for you! A few unique and affordable additions can turn the simple act of bathing into an experience that will have you smiling all day long.

Jun 182011
 

Bamboo Bathrobes

It seems highly unlikely that the classic terrycloth bathrobe will ever go out of style. To be sure, no other type of material provides us with the complete comfort and sense of relaxation that a genuine terry robe does. Even the best quality hotels and spas understand the lasting desirability of this soft, soothing, fluffy variety of after-bath wear. While it may be possible to approximate the classic casual look of a true terry robe, no one can fool the well-informed public on this matter when it comes to absolute luxury in casual spa, sauna and home post-bathing wear.

Can you imagine attempting to create the ultimate comfort in such a robe without the fluff and fuzz of authentic terry? I think we’ll all heartily agree that it can’t be done. By nature, the fluff allows for air circulation while the fuzz provides utmost comfort and a mandatory sense of luxury and laziness. After all, none of us are in the slightest mood for hustle and bustle following a totally relaxing, leisurely bath or shower. It’s high time to do just the opposite–stretch out and luxuriate in the depths of tantalizing terry. Just the texture of this marvelous material obviously created just to offer the very top quality in creature comforts, makes us languish in lazy la-la land until otherwise directed to any necessary activity. You can tarry in your terry robe to your heart’s desire until something of vital importance comes along to burst your leisure-time bubble.

Most of us have, from time to time, broken out of this terry pattern of perfection to tentatively try other styles and materials in bathrobes. Yet, to date, nothing truly measures up to the endearing design and delicious decadence of an authentic terry robe. Perhaps in years to come some clever swim-and-bath-wear designer will venture forth with a possible substitution. But in the meantime, the vast majority of the leisurely-living and long-time lounging population will probably hang on to that comforting terrycloth wardrobe. After all, it packs well when traveling and never requires ironing. In addition, terrycloth towels are still in vogue, so why not terry ready-to-wear togs? This way, we can all continue to relax to our hearts’ content well-wrapped in the fluff and flair of modern-day terry-wear.

 

 

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.

 

Apr 112011
 

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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 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!

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.

Dec 292010
 

Bamboo Robe

Wouldn’t it be good if you could indulge in a luxurious bathrobe? Your answer is probably “yes,” but chances are you haven’t done it. For many, it ends up just being a passing thought that never gets anywhere and is soon forgotten. There are many reasons why we don’t treat ourselves well. One key reason is money. Another reason is we feel guilty if we indulge and pamper ourselves. Or, maybe we’re just too lazy to shop for ourselves? We stick to our old stuff because we’re convinced that it’ll take too much effort.

Should we hang on to these excuses? Purchasing a luxurious bathrobe is an excellent investment for five reasons.

The first reason to indulge in a luxurious bathrobe is because a good bathrobe will be with you for years. Sure you are likely to spend more, but if you pay more for something that is of superior quality, there is no money wasted.

Second, investing in a luxurious bathrobe is purchasing an item that will feel terrific on. There’s nothing quite as comfortable as a soft and fluffy bathrobe to cover up in after a bath or shower.

Third, a luxurious bathrobe is an item that you can not only wear after a bath or shower but also just wear as a cozy item for a lazy day. Hanging around the house in your bathrobe is fun and comfortable.

Fourth, time is not a problem with buying a bathrobe if you order it online. That’s the beauty of the Internet. You don’t have to drive all the way to a store to buy a luxurious bathrobe. You can buy one from the convenience of your home.

Fifth, ordering a luxurious bathrobe from the convenience of your home will provide you with more options. It is highly likely that you will have a wider selection of items to choose online rather than from a brick and mortar location.

So, consider these five reasons and go ahead and indulge in that elegant and luxurious bathrobe for yourself!

Nov 302010
 

Kimono Robe

The term “kimono” is Japanese. It refers to a robe worn by men, women and children. The traditional Japanese kimono includes the robe, socks, obi or sash, sandals, etc. It is a national costume of Japan and can cost thousands of dollars. However, in the United States it is typical to see a cozy robe given the name of kimono. For example, a cozy terry kimono bathrobe is a favorite.

An American version of a kimono robe is great for a variety of ways. They are perfect for after a shower, by the pool or just lounging around the house. These are the types of robes that you want to keep close by for easy access.

Finding the perfect kimono robe can get tricky. Pajamas are easy to find and so are nightgowns, but robes are not always as available at physical stores. Ordering the perfect robe online from a reputable company assures that you can get the perfect purchase.