There’s nothing quite like a set of fresh towels that come out of the laundry and dryer. It feels like a warm hug from a close friend or your mother. But after long-term usage, spa towels tend to get mouldy and grey.
If you are noticing that your spa towels need refreshing, then it’s time for you to bring in some natural defence systems. This could include vinegar, baking soda, and more.
Read on to see some easy ways you can refresh your spa towels (and facial towels) whether they are suitable for commercial washing or not. And don’t forget about maintenance tips as well.
Some Rules to Follow When Washing Towels
If you have been washing your spa towels without putting some special care into them, then you need to start paying more attention. Follow the rules laid out below and your towels should come out smelling fresh as a daisy.
Wash Your White Towels Separate from All Other Towels and Clothes
Your white spa towels need to be washed on hot, separate from all darker shades of towels (which can be washed on warm). And they need to be separate from all other items of clothing.
Also, you won’t transfer germs, and bacteria from the towel to the other items. You could transfer stains, dyes, and other items from normal clothes to your towels as well.
Even if it’s a bit more work, separate your white spa towels from darker hand towels, or facial towels. This way your towels can get the full benefit of the wash.
Use Vinegar If They Smell Mildewy
Add one cup of distilled white vinegar to the drum of the washing machine without any detergent or bleach. Use this technique if your spa towels are beginning to smell musty or mildewy.
If that doesn’t work, then put half a cup of baking soda into the drum of the washing machine without detergent or bleach and run them through the wash that way. That should make the mildew problem go away.
If you are washing yoga towels or gym towels, then you will probably notice they smell like sweat. Use the method above and that should fix it.
Don't Use Too Much Detergent (Half the Usual Amount)
The reason your towels might be getting hard and stiff is probably because you have been using too much detergent. When washing your spa towels, make sure to use only half the amount of detergent you normally use.
Try Laundry Stripping
This is a new trend that has been getting popular recently. The idea here is that over time, your towels (and bedsheets) tend to lose their cleanliness and freshness because they accumulate all kinds of residues.
Use the method of laundry stripping where you soak the towels in hot water with a borax solution. This will remove those unseemly residues.
Laundry detergent residues, fabric softeners, minerals from hard waters, and body oils all accumulate on the towels. And these can all be stripped away using the borax solution.
Remember Wash Ratios - Don't Overload Your Washing Machine
You might also overload your washing machine because you have lots of towels to wash and not enough machines to work with. That’s quite counterproductive.
Remember that a front load washer can handle 7 bath towels at most, which is a 12-pound load. And a top-loader can handle 9 to 11 bath towels which is a 15- to 18- pound load.
Don't Dry Your Towels on High
To get that fresh out of the laundry feeling, you might put the dryer on high heat when drying your spa towels. Resist the urge to do that.
This can cause the microfibers of the towel to lose their softness and wear them out. Especially if they are 100% cotton towelling.
Ensure that you always use the medium setting to dry your towels, be it yoga towels or facial towels. If possible, try to air dry your towels, by hanging them on a line in fresh sunlight.
Always Dry Your Towels Completely before Putting Them Away
If you want to avoid mildew problems with your spa towels in the future, always dry your towels completely before putting them into your linen cupboards. No one likes that musty smell when using a towel.
Check If Your Towels Are Suitable for Commercial Washing
You might be dealing with loads that are beyond the capacity of a normal home washing machine. If that’s the case, make sure your towels are suitable for commercial washing before sending them out.
If they are not, then try to wash them every 4-5 days in a home washing machine. You don’t want to damage your towels by getting them commercial washed.
Some Final Maintenance Tips for Fresh and Fluffy Towels
It seems like maintaining spa towels to their greatest freshness and whiteness takes a bit of work. Here are some final tips for you to keep in mind:
- Whenever you buy new towels, wash them before using them, to rinse off the silicone finish that coats them
- Avoid using fabric softener too often – every 3 to 4 wash cycles is enough, as it could reduce your spa towels’ absorbency
- Don’t iron your towels – the heat can damage the fibres of your towel and it can make them stiffer and less fluffy
With these tips in mind, you are ready to maintain the freshness of your towels for a long time to come. Good care and maintenance can increase the longevity of your spa towels. It’s well worth the effort.
Spa Towels Need Extra Care to Stay Fresh and Fluffy
Spa towels are worth the extra care they need because it’s such a refreshing and delightful thing to dry yourself off after a hot shower with a fresh and fluffy towel. It has to be one of the greatest pleasures of modern life.
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