Softer towels are nice! They start off that way but over time they begin to get rough and scratchy. That’s why I thought I’d share some tips for softer towels.

While Fabric Softner may be the first thing you would think of, using too much of it starts to dull the effect over time because it reduces the fibers of the material and decreases its absorbency and soft feel. Plus, why buy something when things around the home can yield better results. That being said, here are 7 Tips for Softer Towels:

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Less Towels

Wash less towels together. Not only is it better on the machine but it also allows them to properly wash and rinse. Plus, it will also help the methods mentioned below to work better.

Warm Water

Warmer water absorbs the detergent better which leaves less buildup on your towels.

Baking Soda

You can soften your towels with baking soda by mixing roughly half a cup of the stuff in with your detergent before running the washing machine.


Just toss your towels into the wash with a single cup of vinegar during the first cycle and let it run. The 2nd rinse cycle should get rid of the vinegar scent BUT if it is too much for you, just put the towels through another wash without the vinegar.

Air Dry

If it’s nice enough outside, you should opt to hang your clothes out on a clothesline outside. If you mixing this drying method with the vinegar washing method; it just might make your towels even softer with less of the vinegar smell!

Lemon Juice

Instead of using bleach on your white towels you should wash them with lemon juice instead. Bleach breaks down the towel fibers which makes them thin, scratchy and less absorbent.

Tennis Balls

Toss unused tennis balls in with your towels. The slight bouncing of the balls will knock out lumps and fluff your towels a slight bit (You’ll still have to do some fluffing but, hey; they just softened up your towels for you…). If you’re willing to spend a bit more, you can always go out and buy a couple of dryer balls.

Do you have anymore Tips for Softer Towels? I’d love to hear them, so please comment.