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How Do You Refresh Towels?

When you buy towels for your business — whether you own a gym, salon or hotel — you want the right ones for the job. Selecting the best material for your towels plays a critical role in ensuring they serve their purpose — keeping your customers dry, clean and comfortable.

Terry cloth and microfiber are two common materials used to make towels. But what are they? Do they have any differences that make one a better choice than another in certain situations? Should you seek out terry cloth or microfiber towels? We answer all your questions in this guide.

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Use the Vinegar and Baking Soda Method to Refresh Your Towels

Vinegar and baking soda are two of the most common household cleaners. Who knew they worked for towels too? Because vinegar contains acetic acid, it dissolves all sorts of grime and mineral deposits on your towels. Baking soda is alkaline, which helps to neutralize odors.

To recharge your towels, be sure to:

  • Wash your towels with 1 cup of white vinegar and hot water. Stay away from any fabric softeners or detergents.
  • Wash towels a second time with 1/2 cup baking soda and hot water.
  • To dry your towels, don't be afraid to use the hottest setting on your dryer. Afterward, hang them outside for that lovely fresh smell.
  • If the "off" smell is still on your towel, run through this method again. Use two cups of vinegar this time and let the towels soak in the hot water and vinegar bath for a few hours. Repeat steps two and three, and voilà.

Why the Baking Soda and Vinegar Method?

Both vinegar and baking soda can strip the residue from your towels. Vinegar can also act as a fabric softener. It's essential to stay away from fabric softener because it can coat the fibers of your towels with chemical oils — this prevents them from ever getting truly clean.

Also, when trying the vinegar and baking soda method, do not mix the vinegar and baking soda in the same load. The two substances will cause a chemical reaction that will make your machine overflow with foam.

How Often Should You Refresh Your Towels With Baking Soda and Vinegar?

Now that you have your low-cost, high-impact method to refresh all your towels, you'll want to make sure you're doing it regularly. But how often should you reach for baking soda and vinegar? The answer depends on your usage.

To start, you might want to toss all your newest towels directly into the washing machine before their first use. Run them through a cycle alone with baking soda and vinegar. Then, dry them with a dryer sheet or dryer ball to encourage maximum fluffiness and prevent any kind of shedding. By starting your towels off with this type of freshening up "bath," you can rid them of any type of residual odors.

What if your towels have never been refreshed? Go through your linen closet and wash them in vinegar and baking soda in batches. That way, all the towels that you have at your fingertips will be fresh and ready to go.

From that point, you'll probably want to toss your most-used towels into a baking soda and vinegar rinse at least once every four to six weeks. You can vary the frequency depending upon how often you use your towels and put them through regular laundering. 

For instance, if you have a few towels that you rotate, the towels will probably start to absorb unwanted fragrances after a few weeks. Running them through a vinegar-baking soda cycle helps them release any smells and cuts down on build-up along the fibers.

On the other hand, if you have towels that you only display and use during holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentine's Day or Christmas, you can give them a refresh before you put them out — and maybe another one before you put them back in their storage area.

Tips to Keep Your Towels Fresh

The above method is only the first step to refreshing your towels. The next steps involve maintenance and are relatively simple. To keep your towels smelling great, follow these tips:

  • Hang up your towel to dry immediately after drying off after a bath or shower.
  • Check to see if your towels are 100 percent dry before folding them and stashing them in your closet. Even the tiniest amount of moisture can cause towels to smell sour.
  • Measure out only the amount of detergent you need. Even trace amounts of excess detergent can make your towels smell sour.
  • Steer clear of fabric softener when drying towels in a machine dryer. Residue from the fabric softener will make your towels less absorbent. Pro tip: Add white vinegar to the rinse cycle. It will act as a natural fabric softener.
  • Wash all towels before using them for the first time. Most towels have finishes like silicone that prevent them from absorbing moisture. The coating makes them appear extra-fluffy when you buy them. Washing the towels removes these finishes and permits higher levels of absorbancy.
  • Wash your towels often (we suggest every three to four days). Wash colored towels with warm water and color-safe bleach. For white towels, use nonchlorine bleach if needed and hot water. Always wash white towels with other white items to avoid discoloration over time.
  • Wash towels separately from clothes for sanitary reasons. Plus, damp towels dry slower than clothes.
  • Shake out your towels immediately after removing them from the washer. Doing this will fluff the terry loops that aid absorbency and prevent towels from contorting into a ball in the dryer.
  • Keep the iron just for your clothes — ironing towels can reduce their ability to absorb moisture.

Shop at Towel Super Center Today

At Towel Super Center, you can shop wholesale towels with ease. You can order towels in bulk for your gym, spa, salon or business, or browse our selection of towels for the exact size, color, function or style that fits your preferences. We offer everything from wholesale towels and bath towels to hand towels and washcloth towels. Contact us today or call us with any questions and we'll be happy to assist you.

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