Learn the best ways to wash towels, as well tips for drying and folding towels like a pro. These easy care tips will help keep your towels softer and last longer.
Towels, face cloths, and bath mats are as much home fashion accessories as necessities. As with sheets, you can choose from the ever-popular classic white or an array of fashion colors, trims, and patterns. Fluffy white towels give a clean, spa-like feel to a master, guest, or shared family bath. White and ecru coordinate with virtually any bathroom color and have longevity. Colors tend to fade over time (so you might want to buy extras).
Because of its absorbency and strength, cotton is the fabric of choice for most bath towels. The manufacturing process and the choice of material affect towel absorbency. Although sheared towels are the most absorbent, they aren't necessarily the best for drying. Towels don't dry simply by absorbing moisture; the fiber loops also brush water off the body. Bottom line: The number of loops per square inch is the most important indicator of towel performance.
Good-quality bath towels can last for 10 years with proper care. Always check the label on your towels for particular care instructions before proceeding with washing and drying.