05/10/2010

How to Make Your Towels Super-Absorbent

Posted in Green Cleaning, housekeeping tips, How To tagged , , , , at 7:01 pm by cleaningproz

A few months back I bought the most beautiful thick, fluffy terry towels for our guest bathroom. Now I knew that the dark color would mean they didn’t absorb as well as white or pastel, but what the heck, they wouldn’t be used that much anyway.

But with the advent of our Remodeling Project (from hell!!) my husband and I started using the guest bathroom shower and the new towels.  They were terrible!  Like wiping your body with a squeegee!

So I did a little research and found that  manufacturers now add a super fabric softener to their towels so they appear fluffier and more appealing to us dumb consumers. But this same fabric softener drastically reduces the absorbency of the towels!  Hmmm.  I thought that’s why we have towels: to absorb water!!  Well, it is what it is.  But there’s an easy, green solution:

Wash your new towels in hot water, and then add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse. I can’t tell you what a difference that makes!! It’s fabulous.  This works to a lesser degree on older towels as well.

It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Comments, anyone?

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5 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the tip. But is the towel going to smell sour after putting some vinegar?? :)

  2. adam said,

    I am very impressed with Clean Sweep’s blog. As an owner of a professional cleaning company http://www.full-service-janitorial.com it’s rare that I come across a blog in my industry that’s really informative and useful…keep up the good work!

    A Sornoff
    DBM Professional Janitorial Services

  3. Francis Tan said,

    Thanks for the tips on how to improve the absorbility of the towels by rinsing them with white vinegar. It is more eco-friendly and it works.

  4. Great tips!!! …keep up the good work! V


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