How to deal with bath towels that shrink

Lee Lee
by Lee Lee
  7 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Nov 02, 2017

    I don't wash even my clothes in anything but cold water now lol, that's the best tip I have to keeping fabrics from shrinking, wash them in cold water and hang them to dry.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 02, 2017

    Wet them again with fabric softener in the water and stretch them.

  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Nov 02, 2017

    If your bath towels are cotton, they will most likely always shrink a bit after they are laundered. It is just the nature of the fabric. Most other fabrics will nto shrink quite as much, but will still usually shrink up a bit. This is a result of the "sizing" that companies put on fabrics to make them smooth and wrinkle free in the stores.....once it washes off, the fabric does not stay as smooth and flat.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Nov 02, 2017

    Cotton will usually shrink when new... wash them in hot water and dry in a hot dryer and they will shrink as far down as they are going to.... after that, launder as you wish and they should be okay and not shrink any more...

    just so you know.... using fabric softener on terry towels effects how they "wick " up moisture. Fabric softener and dryer sheets coat the fibers to stop static and this coating can prevent them from drying you or dishes,... they sort of slide around and not do anything. ...effectively.

    I do not dry my bath or kitchen towels with any kind of fabric treatment.

  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Nov 02, 2017

    You can buy towels that has synthectic fiber blended with cotton and more expensive towels shrink less, so I actually have two different types, the cheaper ones for one use and the more expensive ones that are more special

  • Nita Thompson Nita Thompson on Nov 02, 2017

    Buy better towels. Or don't use hot water

  • 27524803 27524803 on Nov 03, 2017

    The vinegar will work removes any soap residue, which gets stiff when dried.... it is not really the softener that makes things "soft" it is the heat of the dryer and the tumbling (in summer, I often hang dry my husband's t-shirts and jeans... then tumble them in the dryer on a refresh cycle to soften them up)