What You Should Know About Your Towels

HGTV Magazine enlisted the experts to let you in on the secrets to keeping your towels feeling plush.

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Photo by: Ben Goldstein/Studio D

Ben Goldstein/Studio D

If your towels could talk, here's what they'd say:

I felt softer in the store-sorry

Brand-new towels often have a coating left on their fibers from the manufacturing process. That extra-silky feeling fades after a few washes-don't blame your washing machine or detergent.

I'm comfier in the hall closet

A bathroom gets steamy. Towels kept there have a tough time staying completely dry, which can give them a musty odor, so it's best to store them elsewhere.

Fluff me up with vinegar

If your towels feel scratchy, put half a cup of white vinegar in your washer's fabric softener dispenser. It will remove any extra detergent that latched onto the towel and open up the fibers, making them feel softer. You can also mix the vinegar with a few drops of colorless essential oil to make towels smell nice.

I thin with age

Towels lose cotton with every wash-you can see it in the amount of lint you clear from the dryer. After two or three years, they'll lose their plush feel, so it may be time to replace them.

Hold the fabric softener, please

Using fabric softener or dryer sheets with towels is like putting too much conditioner in your hair. The extra coating keeps the towels from absorbing water, so it takes you longer to dry off. Stick to detergent only.

Watch how you wipe your toothpaste

Whitening toothpastes, facial cleansers, and other beauty products can contain ingredients that may leave light spots on towels, just like bleach. Rinse your face thoroughly before reaching for a towel.

Meet the experts: Linda Cobb, author of talking dirty with the Queen of Clean; Ingrid Johnson, professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and coauthor of J.J. Pizzuto's Fabric Science; Mary Zeitler, consumer scientist at the Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science

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