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How to Wash Towels

Healthy skin is vital to our well-being, so the next time you step out of the bath or shower, make sure that you give your body the drying treatment that it deserves with a nice, soft towel! Understanding not only how to wash towels, but how to keep towels soft and luxurious is, therefore of great importance and shouldn’t be saved as a treat or indulgence. Here we answer some everyday questions to help you show your appreciation to the everyday towel.

How often should you wash your towels?

Every time you dry your body with a towel, you brush off dead skin cells, even after washing. Hardly a pleasant thought and, what’s worse, these cells collect in the fibres of your towel and breed germs in the moisture. It is, therefore, advised that you wash towels once a week, or after every three to five uses. Hang up your towel to dry after every wash, being careful to avoid bunching so that it can dry out properly.

What’s the best way to wash towels?

The best way in which to wash towels is on a high heat (we recommend 60 degrees Celsius) using a quality laundry detergent like OMO Auto Liquid. Always remove towels from the machine as soon as the cycle has finished in order to prevent mildew. Tumble drying on a high heat will help to keep your towels soft, but if you don’t have a tumble dryer, hang your towels outside to dry in the sun.

Both methods will help sanitise your towels further but a tumble dryer can actually kill more germs than the wash itself. Alternating between the two (tumble drying for 20 minutes before hanging on a clothesline) will help to protect the fibres of your towel and produce the best results. Once your towel is completely dry, carefully fold and store in a cupboard or drawer.

What’s the best way in which to wash white towels?

You can wash your white towels as you would any other towel – but, in order to prevent any discolouration or colour bleeding, wash your white towels separately from towels of other colours. You can also use cleaning products like oxygen bleach or other laundry products specifically suited to cleaning white clothing and items - just be sure tofollow the directions on the label.

What’s the best way in which to wash new towels?

It’s a good idea to wash new towels before you use them at home in order to ensure they are clean and soft.

Can you wash towels with clothes?

Even the softest of towels are made from pretty sturdy stuff, so it’s important that you don’t treat them in the same way as you would your clothes. Towels could damage the fibres of more delicate clothing items, so it’s best to wash towels separately or with heavy items like jeans or trousers.