Good-quality bath towels can last for 10 years with proper care.
Wash Before Use
Always wash and dry bath towels before using them for the first time. Most towels have silicone or other finishes that block absorbency. This coating gives them that extra-fluffy look and feel at the store. Washing the towels removes these finishes and permits maximum absorbency.
Use Detergent and Vinegar
To set colors, wash colored towels with similar colors in warm water for the first several washing. Vinegar helps set the colors and removes excess detergent residue.
Wash Towels Often
Stop guessing how often you should wash your towels, and get in the habit of washing your towels every three to four days. The best way to wash towels is with warm water and color-safe bleach (if needed) for colored towels. Use hot water and non-chlorine bleach (if needed) for white towels. White towels should be washed separately or with other white items to avoid subtle discoloration over time.
Dry Towels Carefully
Ensure that towels are dry when you remove them from the dryer, keeping in mind that clothes dry quicker than towels. Even slightly damp towels can quickly mildew.
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