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The unusual washing trick that keeps your towels fluffy and super soft

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 04/12/2018 Isabella Sullivan
a woman wearing a white shirt: The proper way to wash and dry your towels has been revealed. And we've been washing our towels wrong this whole time... Read more cleaning hacks at Prima.co.uk © Jamie Grill - Getty Images The proper way to wash and dry your towels has been revealed. And we've been washing our towels wrong this whole time... Read more cleaning hacks at Prima.co.uk

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Washing towels is just something that we have to do, but very little thought goes into it.

After a while, we expect towels to go stiff, rough and a bit thready, but there is a way to keep your towels in perfect condition. 

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Luxury towel specialist Sheridan has revealed its tips for having the softest and freshest towels around, and it includes how you actually wash and dry them. 

One way to keep towels in the fluffiest possible condition is by washing your towels with eucalyptus-based washing detergent

a close up of a towel: Close-Up Of Towels On Bed © Nicole Peacock / EyeEm - Getty Images Close-Up Of Towels On Bed Not only does it smell divine, eucalyptus will protect the fibres of the towels, and keep the colours bright, looking newer and fresher for longer.

When the wash is done, it is best to dry towels outside (on the rare occasion of nice weather) and in the shade. When the towels are almost dry, put them through the tumble dryer for a few minutes to maximise their softness. 

In the tumble dryer, dry towels on a medium-to-warm setting, and make sure they are bone dry before putting them away - eliminating any chance of damp or bad smells.

Other tips shared by the towel specialists include not overcrowding the washing machine, so the towels have plenty of water around them to soak and wash.

While 40 degrees is the optimal temperature to wash towels, running them through a 40 to 60-degree wash occasionally will remove built up oils and bacteria, without inflicting too much damage.

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