“When washing your towels, never overload the machine. The towels need plenty of room within the drum to breathe and circulate, allowing them to be rinsed and fluffed up properly,” she explains.
“If you try to stuff too many in, you’ll end up with a clumped together heap, with moisture pockets throughout, leading to scratchy, stiff towels.
“Make sure to wash your towels separately to your other laundry to avoid any colour or fibres transferring onto your beautiful pristine towels.”
Another hot tip from Lucy is to avoid silicone-based fabric softeners when putting you towels to wash. Why? Because repeated use of these sorts of softeners can lead to build up, and make your towels less absorbent in the long run – and no-one wants to be left dripping wet after a shower.
And while it may be tempting to boil your towels in a super-hot wash, this could be the very worst thing for them.
“Generally, wash your towels at 40 degrees as any higher can cause them to wear out too quickly,” Lucy says.
“However, to remove oils and bacteria that can build up over time, put them through a 60 degree wash occasionally. This routine will allow them to be perfectly hygienic without taking away from their quality and texture.”
Once they’ve been through the washing machine, shaking your towels can genuinely make all the difference to how soft they can be.
Lucy advises a brisk shake before they go into the drum, and a brisk shake after they’ve done a cycle.
“This will open up the fibres slightly, allowing the detergent to sink inside every pore and make them super clean,” she says.
“At the end of the drying cycle, or before hanging them outside if you are line drying, shake the towels a second time. The act of shaking will loosen the fibres of the fabric, making your towels super plush and fluffy.”
One golden rule for drying your towels is to always avoid putting it on the radiator. “This will lead to a rough finish, exactly what you are trying to avoid!”
“Instead, alternate between tumble drying and line drying. The best way to get super fluffy towels is tumble drying immediately after a wash, however overuse can make the fabric wear down over time.
“To combat the effect of the tumble dryer, line dry your towels occasionally. Not only does line drying leave your towels with a fresh natural scent, but the sunlight can also have a bleaching effect which is perfect if you have white towels. “The UV rays can even help kill bacteria!”” …
Well there you have it!
Out of interest how do you wash your towels, if you have any tips do please share them in the comments.