How to keep your towels white

by Janine, Sep 2020

White towels are sophisticated, luxurious… and a real pain to keep white! Not only are they prone to stains, but they also tend to develop a dingy, grey look after too many washes. However, there are some tried and tested methods in order to maintain your towels brightness wash after wash, and keep them raising the standards of your bathroom!

Detergent with bleach helps keep white towels bright

Using a mixture of bleach and water with detergent to soak your towels first, before rinsing out and putting them through a regular was should remove any make-up stains etc from white towels!

The unsung hero: white wine vinegar

Putting a single cup of white vinegar in your wash with detergent is great for cutting through the claggy residue that detergent can leave behind. 

The sunshine is your friend

A traditional method for keeping towels white is to hang them in the sun! The sun bleaches the towels a bit and keeps them white, not to mention smelling great.

When life gives you lemons…

Mix 1/2 cup lemon juice (or sliced lemons) with one gallon of very hot water. Soak the towels in the solution. You could soak overnight and then wash as usual the next day, for bright white towels!

You get what you pay for

Cheap laundry detergent can make your towels look dingy by damaging the colours and fibers after just a few washes. 

The Takeaway

Keeping white towels bright and fresh can seem like a big job that takes time and effort, but there may be an easier option…

Mumsnet users swear by Vanish! Soaking your white towels in vanish powder overnight (using around 4 scoops) seems to be the recommended method. 

The Experts Say

Vanish themselves suggest avoiding tumble drying your towels:

“Putting towels in the tumble dryer damages them and causes them to absorb water less easily. Hang them out to dry to keep them looking and feeling like new for longer, then you won’t have to replace them so often!”

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