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Try a little vinegar + baking soda instead.
Fabric softeners contain silicon that makes towels water repellent, so they won’t get as good a wash.
Try pouring one cup of white vinegar to your load every six weeks or so.
You can also mix half a cup of baking soda with your normal amount of detergent, to loosen up fibres and clean off any chemicals or grime.
When you raise the water temperature just a bit (around body temperature is best), detergent will dissolve much better, leaving your towels virtually residue-free.
Having too many towels in your washer at once means there won’t be enough room to rinse out all the dirt and detergent.
Overloading the dryer is also bad news; without enough air to properly fluff the fabric, you’ll wind up with stiff, matted towels.
Stick to about two or three bath towels at a time, along with hand towels and washcloths.
Another way to reduce the threat of residue is to cut back on the detergent you pour in.
Most detergents will get your towels just as clean with less than the recommended amount, but won’t leave your towels hard after washing.
Throwing a few unused tennis balls or dryer balls into the dryer helps remove lumps while softening and fluffing your towels.
Think of it as a well-deserved massage for your hard-working towels.
Tumble drying might seem like a good idea, but too much heat can damage the integrity of cotton, making your towels hard.
Try a lower setting, or alternate between air drying and tumble drying.
If you prefer line drying, shake the towels out afterwards to fluff them up, or throw them in the dryer on a cool setting for additional softness.