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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 15th Mar 17, 10:03 AM
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    Fluffy towels
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    Fluffy towels 15th Mar 17 at 10:03 AM
    When I go to a hotel the towels are always soft and fluffy. When I was mine they are rough.

    How do I get them fluffy?
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    • Out, Vile Jelly
    • By Out, Vile Jelly 15th Mar 17, 10:08 AM
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    I think it might be the industrial size tumble dryers that commercial laundries use.

    Despite the ads, I've never found fabric softener made any kind of difference to my towels so stopped using it years ago.
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    • spirit
    • By spirit 15th Mar 17, 10:36 AM
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    Tumble dry them for 5 mins on cold setting (after drying outside)
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    • rach_k
    • By rach_k 15th Mar 17, 11:29 AM
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    You could try adding water softener. Calgon is the well-known (and very expensive) brand but I use much cheaper powdered versions from Tesco or Sainsbury's - they call it something like limescale removal powder. You just add it to the wash with detergent. We have quite hard water so it does make a big difference but I've also used it in soft water and it still leaves things noticeably softer so probably worth a go whatever the water type.

    I do find fabric softener helps too, but only a little bit of a brand that washes out nicely at the next wash, otherwise you get crusty old softener left in them which doesn't help and reduces their absorbency. I use Ecover.

    If you have a tumble dryer, after trying it to start or finish towels off, I think it works best to start them off in the dryer - it seems to fluff up the fibres before they get 'set' by drying. I don't find they fluff up anywhere near as much if you just use the dryer at the end.

    The other option is to look at the towels you have. Thin, poor quality towels may never go as fluffy as better ones. I don't think it's just about spending money though! The nicest ones I've had are ones from Tesco, the 'hygro' ones. I always start them in the dryer as that works best for them but even if completely air dried they still feel softer than other towels washed and dried in the same way.
    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 15th Mar 17, 1:33 PM
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    I've tried fabric conditioner and the towels are good quality. So it would seem my problem is in my total failure to tumble dry them. I've always just hung them over a drying rack. I'll try the tumble dry function next time I wash them and see if it makes any difference.
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 15th Mar 17, 1:33 PM
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    Rinsing properly, vinegar in the last rinse, dryer balls in the tumble dryer.
    • rach_k
    • By rach_k 15th Mar 17, 1:59 PM
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    I don't think you need to tumble dry them completely but it should definitely help if you can give them a quick blast in there. Starting them off for 15-20 minutes also helps them dry quicker when you hang them up as they're warmer to start
    • Pop Up Pirate
    • By Pop Up Pirate 15th Mar 17, 2:34 PM
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    Hotel towels are different to begin with as they are made to withstand vigorous use.
    Then they are washed with no washing powder (like you buy in the supermarkets) or conditioner, and are tumbled dried at high heat.
    Last edited by Pop Up Pirate; 15-03-2017 at 2:37 PM.
    • MrsLWW
    • By MrsLWW 16th Mar 17, 12:54 AM
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    I get mine fluffy by washing them (just with powder) and tumble drying. I find that if you use fabric softener it affected the absorbancy.
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    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 16th Mar 17, 8:14 AM
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    I don't know the answer, but I quite like a rough towel. I feel they dry you better and buff your skin.

    Generally they soften after one use in any case
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    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 16th Mar 17, 8:40 AM
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    Washing them at 60 degrees rather than 30 or 40 also seems to help. Perhaps it leaves less residue behind?
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 16th Mar 17, 11:07 AM
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    I don't know the answer, but I quite like a rough towel. I feel they dry you better and buff your skin.

    Generally they soften after one use in any case
    Originally posted by VJsmum
    Me too. I hesitated to say this before as it sounds a bit hair-shirtish and I am truly not a masochist, but I never feel really dry after using a soft, fluffy towel.

    Down with fluffy luxury!

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    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 16th Mar 17, 12:11 PM
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    Rough towels for me as well. I like a good rub down, makes my skin tingly and glowing.

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    • By coffeehound 16th Mar 17, 12:25 PM
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    I aim for a happy medium between self-flagellation rough and fluffy cotton wool soft
    • lillibet dripping
    • By lillibet dripping 16th Mar 17, 12:30 PM
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    I'm with the 'rough towel' brigade! I have just bought some new towels and they feel 'slimy'. How do I get them to rough up a bit?
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    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 16th Mar 17, 2:24 PM
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    I'm with the 'rough towel' brigade! I have just bought some new towels and they feel 'slimy'. How do I get them to rough up a bit?
    Originally posted by lillibet dripping
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