Here's How You Should Really Be Washing And Drying Your Towels

Washing and drying your towels sounds like a simple task but getting it right might not be as easy as you think! Nailing the right technique to wash and dry your towels is essential if you want them to last for a long time, whilst still remaining fluffy and smelling fresh. So if you're moving out for the first time or are simply interested in figuring out how to improve your laundry game, this article's for you!

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How to wash your towels (the right way)

First and foremost, you should aim to wash your towels after approximately 3 to 5 uses, to ensure that your towels remain hygienic. After all, you're going to be using them to wipe your whole body so you probably don't want to be spreading any potential bacteria directly onto your body. Now that we've got that out of the way, let's move on to the real deal and what you've probably clicked on this article for. Here's a general guide to washing all your towels so that you can step up your laundry game whilst ensuring that you'll be able to use your towels for a long(er) time! 

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Method: 

  1. Start by separating your laundry, separating your towels from the rest of our clothes. Washing towels solely with other towels will help to prevent any snags, helping to extend their lifespan. Additionally, you'd also want to separate your towels by colour, washing your white towels separately from coloured towels as washing them together will lead to some form of discolouration over time.
  2. For general washing of your white towels, wash them using hot water and detergent, according to the directions labelled on the packaging of your detergent. White towels stay brighter when washed in hot water. On the other hand, for the general washing of coloured towels, wash them in warm water with detergent. 
  3. To soften your towels, you could opt to use fabric softener. However, try to minimise the use of fabric softener (add it to every third or fourth wash) as the waxy buildup from softeners could cause the fibres of your towels to deteriorate over time, reducing both their absorbency and lifespan. So if you're a fan of fluffy towels, try limiting the use of fabric softeners as much as possible! For a more natural alternative, add ¼ cup of white vinegar in replacement of fabric softener.
  4. Dealing with musty odors? Try washing your towels with ½ cup of baking soda before rewashing them with detergent.
  5. Once your towels have been washed, shake and place them into the dryer. Alternatively, take full advantage of Singapore's sunny and hot weather, and allow them to air dry on your drying rack! Afraid of Singapore's unpredictable weather? Try using a smart laundry system instead, which allows you to dry your clothes indoor. However, do take note to ensure that your towels are completely dry before you pack them away as even a hint of lingering moisture can lead to the development of an unpleasant odour. 

Washing of white towels 

White towels often require a little more care than coloured ones, given that they are naturally more prone to stains and discolouration. 

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How to whiten your white towels 

Over time, it's inevitable for your white towels to start getting discoloured and looking less white than they originally were when you first brought them home. If you notice that your white towels are getting discoloured, add in a small amount of non-chlorine bleach to the wash. However, avoid using bleach for every wash. Instead, reserve the use of bleach for every few washes, to avoid weakening your towels' fibres. 

If your towels’ cleaning instructions state that they are not bleach friendly, opt for more natural and gentle cleaning agents like baking soda or white vinegar instead. Add ½ cup of baking soda or ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to your washing machine, along with your regular laundry detergent, and allow your washing machine to work its magic. 

How to remove various stains from your white towels 

  • Makeup — If you get makeup on your white towels, spray a pre-wash treatment (e.g. stain remover) on the stain before throwing it into the washing machine. Skipping this step and directly putting it through the wash may cause the stain to set, making it more difficult to eliminate it. 
  • Perspiration Left behind some post-workout sweat stains on your white towels? Eliminate them with a pre-wash stain remover, before soaking it in some fabric-safe bleach and hot water.
  • Blood Whether you've accidentally cut yourself while shaving or cooking, it's normal to get the occasional blood stains on your white towels. If this happens, don't panic and throw your towel away! Simply soak it in some cold water (avoid hot water as this will cause the stain to set), before washing it in the washing machine. If you got to the stain too late and it's already dried up, soak it with an enzyme-based stain remover before washing it as per normal.
  • Drinks (e.g. wine, coffee, tea, soda) Soak the towel in cold water before pre-treating it with a stain remover. Afterwards, wash it in some fabric-safe bleach. 

DON'T(s) of washing your towels 

1. Don't go overboard with bleach.

It's great for getting stains out of white towels, but frequent use will break down fibers and shorten their lifespan.

2. Don't use too much detergent.

Launder towels after a few uses in warm water with mild soap. For a full load in a high-efficiency machine, add no more than two tablespoons of detergent. Any more might cause a buildup that limits absorbency.

3. Don't overload your washer with towels.

They're heavy and will take a toll on your machine, plus they might not wash and rinse properly if everything is packed in.

Drying 

Now that your towels are clean, you're almost at the finishing line of your laundry journey so you'd certainly not want to do anything at this point that will jeopardise your chances of enjoying clean, fresh and fluffy towels! Once your washing machine has completed its cleaning cycle, give your towels a good shake before moving them from the washer to your dryer, drying rack or smart laundry system. This step will help to fluff the terry loops that aid absorbency. Additionally, this will also aid in preventing them from twisting into a ball in the dryer, thus serving to shorten their drying time.

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Regardless of how you intend to dry your towels, ensure that they are completely dry before packing them away. Even the slightest bit of moisture can cause your towels to develop an odour or mildew. Additionally, you'd also want to avoid over-drying your towels as this can destroy the integrity of the individual cotton fibres, compromising your towel drying experience.

Last but not least, I'm sure quite a number of us are probably guilty of failing to take our laundry (towels included) out of the dryer immediately, once they're ready. Doing so could contribute to the development of unpleasant odours. Thus, when drying your towels in the dryer, take them out right away and give them a quick shake to keep them both fluffy and soft before folding and packing them away. 

The above are some of our tips on how you should really be taking care of your towels, for an enhanced towel drying experience and to extend their lifespan. For any other questions regarding our towels, feel free to reach out to our customer support team at wecare@hipvan.com or our live chat and we'll be more than happy to assist you!


References: 

  1. https://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/laundry-linens/linens/washing-and-caring-for-towels/
  2. https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/how-to-wash-towels

  3. https://www.wayfair.com/sca/ideas-and-advice/organization/cleaning-101-how-to-wash-white-towels-T119


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