Happy Friday everyone! Today I'm going to share a quick tip for how to get those old, crunchy towels soft and absorbent again!
After we moved to Boise, I began noticing a problem. My kitchen towels weren't absorbing anything! At first I thought I was crazy, because wasn't I using the same towels I had been using forever? They'd always worked before!
I asked Hilary what was going on, and apparently hard water is really common here.
I'd never had to deal with hard water before! Our bath towels I wasn't so worried about, but our kitchen towels need to actually absorb liquid! It was to the point where when I would put my towels under the faucet water would just bead up and roll away. Ridiculous.
I decided to put my towels through towel detox in order to make them soft and absorbent again. This is my one ingredient I used:
Well, two really. I guess the water in my washing machine counts, right?
I set my washer to the hottest setting possible. I added vinegar to the rinse cycle and to the wash itself. Then I washed my (already clean) towels.
And then I did it again...six more times.
After all the research I've done, I learned that the two things you can do to combat hard water making your towels scratchy and stiff are:
1) Do not use commercial detergents. They do not contain actual soap, but instead detergents that can build up over time. I already make my own laundry soap, (and so does Hilary) I wasn't too worried about this part.
2) Do not use dryer sheets in with your towels in the dryer. Dryer sheets also contain chemicals that can build up after the towels are clean!
So I dried my towels with no dryer sheet, and pulled them out. Then immediatly ran to the faucet to check their absorbency.
Success! It actually absorbed some water! I can actually clean up a liquid mess in my house again, woo hoo!
Now they weren't perfect, they definitely need some more work. But next time I have enough dirty towels to do another load I'll simply repeat the process. Over time, they should keep improving.
There you have it! Vinegar to the rescue again. I already use it to rinse my dishes, as a rinse agent in the laundry, in my all purpose cleaner, my shower cleaner...is there anything vinegar can't do?