Towel Washing Tips: How to Make Towels Soft Again

If you have ever washed a towel and it came out stiff and scratchy, you know how frustrating that can be. It seems like no matter what you do, you can’t seem to get the softness back. Well, we’re here to help! In this blog post, we will give you some tips on how to make towels soft again and how to keep them that way. Follow these simple steps and your towels will be as soft as new in no time!

How to Make Towels Soft Again And Why They’re Not

Let’s dig into why your towels aren’t soft anymore, and how to keep towels soft and fluffy!

Why Do Towels Get Stiff?

There are a few reasons why towels can become stiff. One reason is using too much detergent. When you use too much detergent, it doesn’t all rinse out in the wash cycle. This leaves a residue on your towels that can make them stiff and scratchy. Another reason is not using enough fabric softener. Without it, your towels can become stiff and difficult to work with.

Finally, not washing your towels often enough can also lead to stiffness. Towels are designed to absorb water and they will do just that – even if it’s from the air around them! If you don’t wash your towels often enough, they can become musty and stiff.

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Common Towel Washing Mistakes

Now that we know some of the reasons why towels can become stiff, let’s talk about some common mistakes people make when washing them that make them less soft.

  1. A common mistake is using too much detergent. As we mentioned before, this can leave a residue on your towels that will make them stiff and scratchy.
  2. Drying on high heat is another mistake. High heat can cause towels to shrink and become less absorbent. It can also make the fabric more brittle, which will make them less soft.
  3. Letting towels sit wet is also a mistake. If you let your towels sit wet for too long, they can start to mildew and smell musty. This will make them less soft and more difficult to use.
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How to Make Towels Soft Again

If you’re ready to avoid those common mistakes people make, let’s talk about how to make towels soft again!

  1. The first step in how to soften towels in the wash is to wash your towels in warm water with a mild detergent. Use the gentle cycle if possible.
  2. Next, add fabric softener to the wash cycle. This will help to soften the fabric and reduce static.
  3. Shake towels before drying to help fluff the terry loops and bring back the softness.
  4. Finally, dry your towels on the regular setting, but make sure not to overdry, this will help to keep the fabric from shrinking and becoming less absorbent.

Best Way to Wash Towels

Now that your towels are soft again, let’s talk about how to wash towels to keep them soft!

What you’ll need:

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bleach or color-safe bleach or sodium percarbonate
  • Softener or white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Wool balls


  1. To begin, divide your towels based on color. Then, wash white towels apart from colorful towels.
  2. White towels should be cleaned in hot water, laundry detergent, and non-chlorinated bleach or a natural fabric brightener. The best wash cycle for colored towels is in warm water and the best detergent for towels is a low-chemical natural detergent. Make sure not to avoid washing towels in cold water as it will not get rid of germs.
  3. Fabric softener can be used to soften towels; however, only add it to every third or fourth wash to prevent accumulation.
  4. When they’ve been washed, gently shake them out and lay them in the dryer with the wool balls.
  5. Before removing the towels from the dryer, make sure they’re completely dry.

We hope you enjoyed these tips on how to clean dingy towels and that you’re on your way to a house full of soft fresh towels! For more laundry tips check out our blog, and if you need help with a washer and dryer repair, call the trusted team at Conner’s Appliance!

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