Keeping your white towels clean and bright doesn’t have to be a chore. Follow our guide to learn how to wash white towels – it’s very easy!
Step 1: Wash with other white towels
To keep your towels white, wash them with only other white towels and laundry. Do not put them in the wash with colored towels or clothes.
Step 2: Use Hot Water
The towels should be washed in hot water. Use half a capful of detergent, and do not use fabric softener. Fabric softener adds a waxy buildup that prevents towels from absorbing water. It may even deteriorate the towel fibers over time.
Step 3: Shake Them Out
Before putting your white towels in the dryer, shake them out. This will fluff the fabric – making them more absorbent and soft.
Step 4: Place them in the dryer
Place the towels in the dryer. Do not use dryer sheets, as they reduce the towels’ ability to absorb water. To puff up the towels, throw a few tennis balls into the dryer with them.
Step 5: Wash them every few days
To keep your towels fresh, wash your towels every few days.
How to Get Your Towels White Again
If you notice that your white towels are getting discolored, add in an ounce of non-chlorine bleach to the wash. Pour the bleach in the bleach dispenser. Do not bleach your towels every wash. Bleach should only be used every few washes.
If your towels’ cleaning instructions indicate that you cannot use bleach, use baking soda or white vinegar instead. Add ½ cup of baking soda or ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to your washing machine, along with the laundry detergent. Make sure to add the white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser. This will allow it to slowly dispense throughout the final wash cycle. The baking soda can be sprinkled over the towels once it is in the wash.
How to Remove Stains
It’s inevitable that your white towels will stain. Learn how to remove different types of stains below:
If you get makeup on your white towels, spray a pretreating cleaner on the stain before it goes into the wash. Putting it through the wash without this pretreatment may cause the stain to set.
Have post-workout sweat on your white towels? Cover the stains in a prewash stain remover, then launder it with a fabric-safe bleach in hot water.
Whether you nick yourself shaving or cut your finger while cooking, you may occasionally get blood on your white towels. If this happens, soak the towel in cold water (not hot, as that will set the stain), then launder it in the washing machine. If the bloodstain is dried, soak it with an enzyme-based stain remover, then launder it like normal.
Drinks (Wine, Coffee, Tea, Soda)
Soak the stain in cold water then pretreat it with a stain remover. Launder it with fabric-safe bleach.
How to Remove Odors
If your towels smell like mildew, pour a ½ cup of baking soda or ½ cup of white distilled vinegar in with your towels and detergent. Make sure to add the white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser. The baking soda can be sprinkled over the towels once it is in the wash.
How to Soften Towels
If you want to make your towels softer, add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to the final rinse cycle.
White distilled vinegar is hypoallergenic, environmentally friendly, it won’t hurt your septic tank.