How to keep towels fluffy – Expert’s hacks to keep towels fluffy without fabric softener

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Stepping out of a hot bath and into the cold isn’t so bad when you have a warm and fluffy towel to greet you. But how do you get your towels to be soft and fluffy? Apparently, using too much detergent and fabric softener makes towels scratch and crisp, so that’s not the answer. Express.co.uk chatted to laundry expert and CEO of Laundryheap Deyan Dimitrov to find out six ways to keep towels fluffy.

30 degrees

Try to wash towels at 30 degrees to keep the fabric soft.

Mr Dimitrov said: “Sometimes it’s a good idea to wash towels and bedding at 60 degrees, to get rid of any nasty bacteria, grease or stain build-up.

“But to keep your towels softer for longer, 30 degrees is preferable.

“Washing at a lower temperature is more environmentally friendly, and will help keep fabrics soft.”

Of course, the detergent you use makes a difference too.

Mr Dimitrov recommended opting for bio detergent to wash your towels.

He said: “Bio capsules work at their optimum when exposed to 30 degree temperatures.

“Non-bio detergents work best at 60 degrees, so if you’re using non-bio, wash at a higher temperature accordingly.”

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Don’t overfill the machine

Sometimes it can be tempting to pile all your towels in the machine in one go, but don’t.

Mr Dimitrov explained: “Overfilling your machine will result in a less effective wash, as the items won’t have enough room to move around in the machine.

“If overfilled, it can also take your washing machine longer to wash your items.

“Overfilling your machine is all round less effective and more expensive.

“For a 7kg washing machine, we advise putting a maximum of 5 large towels in the machine at any one time.”

Baking soda

Add half a cup of baking soda directly to the wash to keep the towels clean.

Mr Dimitrov said: “Baking soda is a great natural detergent.

“It works wonders at getting rid of grease or stains and can help to neutralise any odours that might be lingering on your fabrics.

“It’s also non-toxic, which is a great natural alternative if you want to use something that doesn’t contain a lot of chemicals.

“It’s a great option if you’ve got sensitive skin or any allergies.

“Make sure you don’t confuse baking soda with bicarbonate of soda. You can find baking soda at any regular supermarket.”

All you have to do is sprinkle half a cup of baking soda over your towels before you put them in the washing machine drum.

Don’t add laundry detergent at the same time.

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White vinegar

Add white vinegar to your rinse cycle to get rid of any extra fabric softener in the towels.

Mr Dimitrov said: “White vinegar is a brilliant multi-purpose product for use in the home and is very inexpensive.

“White vinegar works to soften your garments by dissolving any build-up that might be in the clothes, making them soft and taking away that ‘scratchy feeling’ you sometimes get after too many washes.”

Add half a cup of white vinegar, instead of fabric softener, to your rinse cycle to break up any residue that may be in the towels.

He added: “Don’t worry, as your towels dry the vinegar smell will disappear, leaving your towels smelling fresh and clean and feel soft.”

Essential oil

Add a few drops of essential oil to your wash to give your towels a nice fragrance.

Lavender, sweet orange or peppermint work well, but you can choose whatever you like.
If you have sensitive skin, skip this step.

Mr Dimitrov said: “Add in two to three drops to your rinse cycle, when you add the white vinegar.

“This will add a sweet, subtle scent to your laundry that will last for a few days.”

Tumble dry 

If you want to save some money, or you’re conscious of the environmental impact, you can skip this part!

Mr Dimitrov said: “For super soft, fluffy towels, we recommend you tumble dry them.

“Use the setting specifically for towels or choose ‘medium setting’ and ensure they are completely dry before storing them away.

“Alternatively, you can dry them on a clothes rack, then when they’re nearly dry, tumble dry for the last five to ten minutes.

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