Keep towels softer and fluffy for longer with 29p cupboard staple

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Jessica Hanley, founder of Piglet in Bed, has shared top tips that will help to keep towels “softer” and “last longer”. 

The expert explained: “Wash your new towels before you use them. Nearly all new towels are coated with softeners that are often used during the finishing process, which provides that extra fluffy look that you see at the store. 

“The coating can restrict the absorbency of your towels, so it’s best practice to wash them before your first use.”

Britons should also avoid using fabric softener when washing towels to avoid ruining the quality and colour of towels.

Jessica added: “Adding fabric softener coats the fibres with residue, which can hinder water absorption.

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“Instead, use wool dryer balls to help fluff fibres and speed up drying time.”

As well as using wool dryer balls, it is also recommended to wash towels using white vinegar.

White vinegar can help to strip the towels of odours as well as any residue which has built up from detergent and fabric softener.

It can be purchased from supermarkets for as little as 29p and can also be used when washing bedding and clothing.

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The expert said: “Also invest in high-quality towels to begin with.

“Opting for cotton terry towels made from high-quality materials such as cotton-poly blend or zero twist cotton gives you the best start for long-term freshness and softness.

“Zero twist means that the yarn didn’t have to be twisted in the production process, which is only possible with high-quality cotton fibres, making towels feel luxurious.

“Make sure to keep your clothes and towels separate when washing too. Washing towels with clothes can transfer a lot of bacteria between each item in the washing cycle.

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“Putting towels in their load allows towels to dry easier, as damp towels typically dry slower than clothes.

“Make sure you shake any excess water from your towels before placing them in the dryer, as this will help fluff the material and keep them absorbent.

“Avoid leaving wet towels to sit in the washer for a long period, as this can result in an unpleasant musty smell.”

When it comes to storing towels, the expert recommended folding them to help save space and ensure they stay in good shape.

Jessica noted: “Begin by holding the short end of the towel at chest height and then fold each edge across to meet the opposite side fold to achieve neatly overlapping thirds.

“Fold up the bottom third of the towel, then fold the top third down, and store with the outer folded edge of the towel facing out to make it easy to grab your towels off the shelf – and to keep your closet looking great.”

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