How to launder or clean towels.

Washing towels is not rocket science, but there are ways to keep them cleaner, softer, fresher and extend their life.

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Bath towels are made in a couple of different fibers, cotton, cotton/poly and linen to name a few. We think 100% cotton is the best choice in bath towels. Cotton/poly towels don't absorb as well as an all-natural fiber.

  • Depending on environment and use, towels should be laundered every 3 to 4 days.

  • Some people wash their towels after each use.

  • Terry bath towels are a sponge that soak up debris left on your skin after bathing, specifically, body oil and dead skin cells.

When your towels are damp and not in a location where they can quickly dry, mildew begins to grow. 

Mildew, thrives in humid summer weather, especially in houses that are closed or tight.

  • The ideal temperature for mildew to grow is between 75 F and 85 F – a damp bathroom is a perfect environment for mildew to thrive.

On to laundering towels.

  • You will want to wash new towels before use. Most towels contain starch, which is used to stiffen fiber, so faster weaving can be achieved.

  • Always separate light from dark towels.

Many popular detergents (i.e. Tide and Cheer) use brighteners in their formulations.

  • The brighteners touted on their packaging labels are frequently bleach derivatives.  Bleach fades colors and is hard on cotton fibers. 

Many big name detergents contain bleach

  *Cheer - sodium percarbonate - oxygen bleach, * Tide - disodium diaminostibene disulfonate - brightener 

  • Consider a mild detergent such as Ivory, Dreft or better yet, Le Blanc Linen Wash, which is sold on our website here.

Leblanc linen wash is the best detergent for your bed linens

  • When washing towels, use warm or cold water. Start your wash, add your detergent, allow the washer to fill at least half way before adding your towels. This practice should be considered with all laundry.

  • Concentrated detergents may discolor towels. 

    • If you have darker color towels, with their first wash; set the color by putting ½ to 1 cup of white vinegar in the wash. Consider adding vinegar to your wash every 6 to 8 weeks. Not to fear, your towels will not smell like vinegar, if properly rinsed. 
    •  Generally, bath towels do not get extremely dirty, consider using ½ to ¾ the amount of laundry detergent you would normally use in a wash.
    • If your towels are becoming dingy looking or if they have a musty odor, add ½ cup of baking soda. You may want to add baking soda to your wash every few months.
      • Never use fabric softener or dryer sheets with towels. Softeners, often contain silicone. They will make your towel feel softer, however, the silicone will coat the cotton fiber, making the towel less absorbent.
    • When drying your towels, use a low to medium heat. Tumbling of the towels in the drier makes them softer than line drying. If you do line dry them, do so on a breezy day, so the towels are slightly agitated in the wind.
      • Do not over dry terry towels, high heat will damage the delicate cotton fibers. If your towels have a woven band, you may find that this band can shrink at a different rate than the terry part of the towels. Over drying exacerbates the band shrinkage. 
      • Do not let them sit in the drier once dry as the residual heat of the drier can also damage them.
      • Once dry, fold on a flat surface.
      • If you notice a snag or pulled loop, you can cut it off, it should not unravel the towel.

Vero Linens offers you some of the finest bed linens in the world, and we also offer some of the finest terry bath towels. Our towels are produced by Christy. Christy has been producing some of the finest Cotton terry towels since 1850. Soft and absorbent. 

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