My towels are like sandpaper, coming out of the dryer. I use fabric s

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My towels are like sandpaper out of the dryer. I use fabric softener. HELP.

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  • Lynne Forrestal Lynne Forrestal on Feb 18, 2018
    check into stripping towels by googling it. there are many ways, basically was towels in hot water in vinegar and water and no detergent, then rewash as normal, it will remove built up detergents and fabric softner.
  • Iris Iris on Feb 18, 2018
    Yup, they are like sandpaper: cuz you use fabric softener. The stuff does not work on towels. Use straight plain white vinegar instead of fabric softener; just a couple tbsp. Add it to the fabric softener dispenser or add to the rinse cycle by hand, depending on your washer.
    Vinegar is cheaper than fabric softener, does a better job on all fabrics, has more uses, and is better for the environment.
    You could try letting your current towels soak in water with a bit more vinegar. After a few washings, they will start to soften up as the residue of soap and fabric softener starts to dissolve.
    I have some towels that are very old & very soft. I thank vinegar.
  • Janet Janet on Feb 18, 2018
    Use white vinegar in the rinse cycle. Regular fabric softener use coats towels with a film that makes towels less absorbent. I stopped using it long ago and just use white vinegar. It also take out any mildew smells your towels may have picked up. I find the vinegar makes towels softer than fabric softener and it so much cheaper. I now use it on all my clothes also.
  • Both Iris and Janet are correct. Stop using fabric softener. I use a low suds, free and clear detergent, a couple heaping tablespoons of baking soda and white vinegar in the fabric softener cup. In the dryer I have 4 felted wool dryer balls. The dryer balls also shorten drying time a bit and no static. Saves money, better for the environment and your clothes will be cleaner and softer. Vinegar is cheap, I purchase at Costco, Sam's Club or restaurant supply for $2 a gallon, and same for the baking soda, a 13 pound bag is about $6 and lasts me about 6 months. I always have 2-4 gallons on hand, vinegar is handy for so many things!
  • Deb Beissel Deb Beissel on Feb 18, 2018
    Vinegar in the rinse cycle
  • Ellis Ellis on Feb 19, 2018
    If you have one of those energy efficient washers, your towels may not be getting rinsed enough--the rinse cycle on my machine only sprayed the items during the rinse cycle, it didn't immerse them.

    Use the vinegar idea to get the built up detergent out, and run them through a deep water cycle (on my machine it's bulky/bedding), no detergent.
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Feb 19, 2018
    Buy new towels - old towels washed in hard water will get stiff. JC Penney, Kohl's, and others have great cotton towels to buy, and get a water softener.
  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Feb 20, 2018
    Thanks to all my team members for their help. ebbjdl@gmail.co!
  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Feb 20, 2018
    Thank for the help I received from hometalk viewers. ebbjdl
  • Puf31413395 Puf31413395 on Feb 20, 2018
    Vinegar works wonderd
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