One of life’s small pleasures is using luxury white cotton towels in the bath. The sumptuous feel of the softest fibers gently absorbing all the water from your skin as you step out of the bath is unmatched.

But the problem is keeping those luxury white cotton towels as white as possible when doing laundry. Everyone has unfortunately experienced their formerly pristine white towels turning a dingy gray from improper washing techniques.

But when you have invested in quality bath towels, it is important to take steps to keep them soft, white, and luxurious as long as possible. Below are some laundry tips that can help you with this goal.

Always Wash White Towels Separately

The best way to keep your white towels soft and bright is to only wash them with other white towels. Don’t mix them in with your family’s other laundry and never mix them in with colored towels in the wash cycle. 

Use Organic Laundry Detergent

The gentler the laundry detergent, the easier it will be on the soft fabric of your luxury white cotton towels. You also don’t want to overwash your bath towels. If the towels get hung up to air dry naturally between uses, they only need to be washed every after every three to five uses. 

Do Not Use Bleach

One of the quickest ways to break down the fabric of your towels is to use harsh chemicals like bleach to whiten them. Rather, use a natural bleach alternative like baking soda or white vinegar to keep them pristine.

Simply sprinkle the baking soda right into the washing machine along with your luxury white cotton towels. Adding a cupful of white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser will not only brighten your white towels but also keep them soft against your skin.

Wash White Bath Towels with Soft Water

Depending on where you live, this might not always be possible. But as the expert white towel makers at Maple & Moon recommend, “using softer water with fewer heavy metals extends the life of the towels and keeps them softer longer.”

What Temperature Water to Use?

If your towels have stains from make-up, blood, or something else, pre-treat them with a gentle stain remover and wash in cold water to avoid setting the stain. For hygienic reasons, when there are no stains, it is better to wash your luxury white cotton towels in hot water.

Dry Them On a Lower Setting

High heat can break down the delicate terry cloth fibers. Your luxury white cotton towels will last longer when dried on lower heat settings even if you have to run the dryer for a couple of cycles to get them completely dry.

To keep them fluffy, don’t use dryer sheets. Shake out the towels before placing them in the dryer and toss a couple of (clean) tennis balls in there to fluff them up.

Enjoy Your Soft, Luxurious Towels

With proper care, you can keep your luxury white cotton towels brighter, whiter, and softer longer for you and your family to enjoy.