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Hard towels? This way they become fluffy again even without fabric softener

2024-02-27T18:13:18.684Z

Highlights: Hard towels? This way they become fluffy again even without fabric softener. Vinegar helps against limescale deposits, it can reduce laundry stiffness. Salt: Simply add a tablespoon of salt to the fabric softeners compartment of your washing machine and start the wash cycle. If you don't have a dryer in your house or would rather save electricity, you should dry your towels in the fresh air. A draft of fresh air also keeps the laundry constantly moving and prevents the towels from coming off the line.



As of: February 27, 2024, 7:00 p.m

By: Andrea Stettner

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If towels become hard and rough over time, this can have various causes.

But fortunately there are environmentally friendly solutions.

Wrapping yourself in a fluffy, soft towel after showering is something many people can only dream of.

In reality, there are often scratchy, rough towels in the closet.

But why is that?

And how do you get towels soft again if you don't want to use fabric softener for the sake of the environment?

Why do towels get hard?

Hard towels become cuddly soft again even without fabric softener.

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If towels become hard, there can be various reasons.

According to

Ökotest,

it is often due to water that is too hard: the lime it contains is deposited on the cotton fibers and stiffens them.

But too much detergent can also be to blame if the fibers become rough.

In this case, it not only helps to use less detergent, but also not to overload the washing machine.

This allows the detergent to be distributed better.

And even if it sounds contradictory: Even fabric softeners can be the reason why laundry becomes hard, because over time they leave a waxy layer on the fibers, as the

Utopia

portal informs.

Soft towels thanks to home remedies – for example vinegar

So that you don't have to go without cuddly soft towels, you can use natural fabric softeners that neither pollute the environment nor put a strain on your wallet:

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  • Vinegar:

    Since vinegar helps against limescale deposits, it can reduce laundry stiffness.

    To make towels soft again, soak the textiles in a mixture of vinegar and hot water (1:2 ratio) until the water is cold.

    Then wash as usual.

  • Salt:

    Simply add a tablespoon of salt to the fabric softener compartment of your washing machine and start the wash cycle.

    However, you should not use the salt with every wash to prevent damage to the machine.

  • Baking soda:

    Baking soda is also said to work wonders on hard towels.

    To do this, add about 60 grams of baking soda to the fabric softener compartment

Do your towels smell smelly after washing?

Home remedies and regular towel changes also help here.

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Allow towels to air dry

Movement ensures that textile fibers remain loose as they dry.

That's why owners of a tumble dryer usually always have soft towels in the closet.

If you don't have a dryer in your house or would rather save electricity, you should dry your towels in the fresh air.

A draft of fresh air also keeps the laundry constantly moving and prevents the towels from coming off the line.

Source: merkur

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