Possibly the unsung hero of your daily routine, your bathroom towels help you wash, wax and warm up to begin (or end) your day. Do you ever spare a thought for the care you give them in turn? Here are five ways to ensure healthy habits and a long life for your fluffy friends…
1. Random harsh chemicals
Whilst you may avoid using bleach close to your towel when doing the usual laundry duties, other products crossing its path might be producing those mysterious white spots on your favourite coloured towels, reports Ellen Warren at the Chicago Tribune. Avoid contact with products such as bleaching toothpaste and acne-preventing face washes and try to keep to a minimum contact with those ingredients you hear lorded for their cleaning and brightening properties – they might just be wrecking your cottons!
Similarly, your usual cleaning cloths shouldn’t be stored in the dirty laundry hamper together with your other items, as residue of household cleaning products may leave marks.
2. Hook stacking
If you hang more than one towel on the same hook, this is a definitely no no! By not allowing air circulation around each towel, mould and bacteria are prone to collecting in the folds of one another and multiplying, ready for redistribution all over your body (ugh!). Everyone needs their own hook or, better still a towel rail for optimal air flow.
3. Infrequent washing
Come on, how often do you really wash your bath towel? If you’re feeling chuffed and it’s once a week, think again. According to Meaghan Murphy of Good Housekeeping, it should washed be every three days and tumble dried on warm, or hung in direct sunlight to kill off any nasties.
4. Too much detergent
Turns out you can’t be too clean, however. Using excessive amounts of detergent when you wash your towels will shorten its life, says Apartment Therapy. To compound the problem, the detergent may also be underperforming as newer models of machines use less water and may be unable to break down the soap, leaving a residue on your towels.
5. Too much fabric softener
Fabric softener is designed to make your towels feel softer, but they do so by adding a coating of chemicals to make the fibres stand on end. Not everyone loves the effect on their skin however and it does reduce the ability of the fabric to absorb water – kind of waterproofing them, according to Choice, who suggest handmade solutions instead.
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