The Secret to Softer, Odor Free Towels

If I could only share one sentence on the secret to softer, odor free towels it would be this…never use fabric softener. Unfortunately it doesn’t matter if you opt for dryer sheets or liquid fabric softeners, they both tend to add more damage than good over time. And if I could give the easiest breakdown of why not, I would give the nail polish scenario. Most of my ladies that get their nails done will understand this more.

Too Much Residue

The keyword here is going to be residue. Imagine going to get your nails done at the salon and you add a top layer protective coat. Then, on the next routine appointment, you add another top layer protective coat but ask them not to remove the polish that is already on your nails. It looks shiny but is not removing the last polish that was applied. By adding this shiny top coat polish over and over again without removing the coating from the last polish, it just looks good on the outside but tends to show some lumpy signs over time. This is what happens when we add fabric softeners to our loads.

What Does Fabric Softener Really Do Over Time to Towels

Towels are washed with soaps and then we add a fabric softener which lays a coating/residue on the fabric fibers to make them softer . These softeners block the fibers ability to stay soft and air out, causing them to have a more scratchy feeling over time.

The Secret to Softer, Odor Free Towels

So, how do you remove the residue from the towels? What is the secret to softer, odor free towels? It’s actually a simple method that I recommend doing every three months to towels, even if you don’t use a fabric softener. Even our use of detergents can build up over time on our towels. So this simple method will strip the towels of the residue so that the fibers can stay clear of additives to absorb and air out more efficiently.

Take one cup of Cleaning Vinegar and place it in the liquid dispenser compartments on the washing machine ensuring each spin setting will release vinegar instead of soap to remove the residue. Be sure to apply an extra rinse cycle at the end. Cleaning Vinegar is stronger than regular vinegar and this is the key.

Now you have stripped your towels as much as you can of all the additives of residue that have built up over the months. They are now ready for a routine wash cycle.

Pro Penny Tip: Less is more. Did you know you only need about two tablespoons of detergent for each normal load? I know they have lines that tell us how much to use, but have you ever thought that this may be to cause you to buy more, rather than use less?

Hard Water in Austin and Surrounding Areas

At Penny’s Personal Touch Services we clean homes in Austin, Georgetown, and surrounding areas and we clean many homes with many different water types. We understand that everyone wants fresh smelling home surfaces but we also understand that everything you spray or apply needs to be removed or it will cause a haze and build up. Providing Austin cleaning services to so many different types of homes has helped us understand what certain surfaces need and don’t need more than the average home owner.

Georgetown, Texas has some of the hardest water and a lot of our clients swear by using fabric softeners. We’ve also noticed that they seem to rebuy towels often, due to the fabric softened towels becoming “scratchy”. They automatically assume it’s from the hard water but it’s a combination of hard water and fabric softeners. The specialized Cleaning Vinegar has 6 % acetic acid that will neutralize odors and dissolve softener residues when used in the steps we recommended above.

Penny’s Personal Touch Pro Tip

Placing a dispenser for your Cleaning Vinegar next to your laundry soap, with easy access is a visual reminder to add a cup in with the load to keep the towel fabric fibers fresh and feeling great.