There’s no better feeling than checking into a fancy hotel and finding two soft, fluffy towels at the end of the bed or – better yet – bathrobes. But if you’ve ever tried to replicate spa-worthy towels at home then you’d know it can be pretty tricky to get right. The good news, however, is that you no longer have to wait for your next holiday to enjoy these luxuries.
One mum has shared her secret to fresh, fluffy towels at home, and it’s a lot easier than you might think. Mama_Mila shared her simple hack on video-sharing app TikTok, telling her followers that they can “say goodbye to stiff, crusty towels” for good.
“Level up your self-care routine with spa-worthy towels at home,” her post read. “This is the secret to getting fresh, fluffy towels at home.”
According to Mila, the trick starts with setting your washing machine temperature between 40C and 60C. Then, throw your towels in and add liquid detergent along with half a cup of plain white vinegar instead of fabric softener.
“Do the wash as normal, shake the towels and let them air dry … until nearly dry,” she wrote. “Then, tumble dry them for just a few minutes until they are completely dry. This will help with the softness and absorbency.”
Mila explained that the reason vinegar works so well as a substitute for fabric softener is that it “breaks down the residue from detergents, leaving the towels soft and fresh”.
The simple hack has prompted discussion as to what else you can wash with white vinegar instead of fabric softener; with many claiming that it has the same result for everything from sheets and towels to jeans and T-shirts.
“I never use fabric softener on my towels, I notice it ruins the original texture of the towels … but thank you for this tip!” one woman wrote.