How can I get fluffy towels?

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how can I get my towels soft and fluffy? I wash with rain water and have tried fabric softened and vinegar, but am disappointed with the results.
Hope you can help, regards, Bren

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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Dec 12, 2017
    Try sticking a couple of tennis balls in the dryer with your towels to help get some fluff

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Dec 12, 2017
    Try sticking some tennis balls in the dryer with your towels to get some fluff

  • Ken Ken on Dec 12, 2017
    I agree on trying the tennis balls but maybe you just need fluffier towels.

    I have a variety of towels, no more than two of any kind or color. They all get treated the same in the wash and some are fluffy and luxurious while others are thin and somewhat stiff. I tend to like the thinner stiffer ones. Seem to dry better and feel good across my back.

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Dec 12, 2017
    Fabric softener will make the towels less absorbent.

  • Susan Bailey Susan Bailey on Dec 12, 2017
    do you wash with vinegar, or just put it in the rinse cycle? I found that if I wash with it, my towels get really fluffy! It also might be your water - if you have hard water, that might be doing it. you could try something like Calgon for the laundry.

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    • Bre24317985 Bre24317985 on Dec 12, 2017
      Thanks Susan, I have washed this morning using approx one third cup of vinegar with half dose of detergent and there certainly is an improvement
      Next time I'll up the vinegar. Thanks again, regards, Bren.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Dec 12, 2017
    How old are the towels? Have you been drying them in a high heat dryer? High heat is very hard on fibres, and will break them down over time. Try drying on medium, in a dryer that is not overloaded.
    How long do your towels sit wet before they are dried? and are they thoroughly dried, or do they sit in the dryer partly dried before turning on the dryer again? This can cause the weave of the fabric to "set" in a flattened position.
    Try putting the towels directly into the dryer immediately after washing, and dry to completion, with lots of tumbling, even on no-heat at the end of the cycle if your dryer has this feature, before taking them out to fold.

  • Susan Bailey Susan Bailey on Dec 13, 2017
    Vinegar itself is a cleansing agent - you don't need the detergent (although the manufacturers say you do)
    they smell cleaner too with just the vinegar

  • Kathymh51 Kathymh51 on Dec 14, 2017
    Try washing in Vinegar and Baking Soda