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Video:How to Make Bath Towels Softer and More Absorbent

with Jonathon E. Stewart

Traditional fabric softeners can not only be bad for your skin, but they can also leave your towels waxy and non-absorbent. Learn a new way to get your towels soft, fluffy, and able to do the job they were made for.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Bath Towels Softer and More Absorbent

Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com with today's 90 second quick tip. Fabric softener may not be the best way to actually soften your towels, and often times contains some pretty gnarly chemicals to boot. But take a look at these all-natural tips, and you just might find your towels softer and more absorbent. Check it out.

Fabric Softeners and Towels

Fabric softeners typically work by coating fabric fibers with a thin, chemical waxy coating that reverses the negative charge of the fibers, and reduces static cling. However, it also reduces the fibers' ability to absorb water, in addition to exposing your skin to a host of chemicals that can be harmful to your health. Fabric softeners nearly always contain fragrance as well, which not only masks the smell of all these chemicals, it tricks you into thinking your towels smell softer. Soft! Sneaky...

Wash and Dry the Towels

Start by washing your towels with a mild, natural detergent and rinse as usual. Run new and old towels alike through a second wash cycle, adding a half cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. When the load is finished, fluff towels immediately and put them in the dryer on medium heat. Remove when finished, and fluff once more before folding. Some people prefer to line-dry towels to give them a fresh outdoor scent, just be sure to fluff them them right out of the washer, and once again before folding.

Natural Dryer Sheets

There are also some all-natural dryer sheets out there if you just can't break the dryer sheet habit. Just know that simply washing and rinsing repeatedly will help to eliminate the chemical buildup from any previous exposure to chemical fabric softener - the grand irony here is that the more times you wash your towels without fabric softener, the softer they'll get.

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