When shopping for bath towels, most people want to find the largest towels possible. We want to be able to wrap ourselves in them after a shower and not fear something will be revealed, and luckily, nowadays we have that wish granted. Unlike towels which are small and can only cover the top part of your body, thanks to bath sheets you can entirely wrap yourself and enjoy staying warm after the shower without the need to dress immediately. And on top of that, they are really soft, and the main ‘culprit’ for this is cotton of course. Now, before showing you how to make these incredible bath sheet towels even softer and more absorbing, let’s learn a thing or two more about them.
What Are Bath Sheets?
A bath sheet is a large type of towel that has a large surface area for drying off. Being large, this towel offers more coverage which makes it ideal for wrapping around your body, covering a large part of it.
What Size Are Bath Sheets?
Generally speaking, the actual bath sheet size is 90 x 160cm, however, this can range between different manufacturers. Just keep in mind that the only thing that could range is the sheet’s wideness. For instance, it’s not strange to find a soft bath sheet size of 78 and 79cm wide and 160cm long. If you happen to wonder ‘Which is bigger bath sheet vs beach towel?’, the true answer is bath sheets because the usual size of beach towels ranges from 76 x 152cm to 89 x 178cm.
How to Care for Them?
In order to make them softer and use them as long as possible, you should take good care of your bath sheets. So, the first thing to do is to wash your brand new towels. Ideally, you should always measure the amount of detergent you plan on using, whether it’s liquid or powder. This is paramount because too much detergent can impact the sheet’s overall absorbency and softness. On the other hand, you’ll waste more detergent in vain which is not affordable at all.
When it comes to choosing the right washing temperatures, a lot of us make the mistake of washing the towels and sheet towels at temperatures above 60 °C in order to kill bacteria. However, the extremely hot water and the excess use of detergent can damage the towels’ fibre and can shorten their lifespan which can result in reduced fluffiness and softness. The ideal water temperature for washing bath towels and sheets is cold/warm water because this will reduce the chances of shrinkage and colour fading. Another important thing to have in mind is washing the towels separately as rough fabrics and clothes details like zippers and clasps can cause premature pilling.
For those of you who want to feel the towels’ softness and fluffiness, it’s recommended to turn up the heat when drying. An even better and more cost-effective option is drying the towels in the dryer for 20 minutes into the needed cycle and then, hanging them out to dry. That way, you’ll preserve the sheets and towels softness, fluffiness and absorbency level while also enjoying its fresh scent.
The last but most important thing you should have in mind is to wash them regularly. Damp towels and sheets are the perfect nests for bacteria and fungi, so washing them at least once a week is fundamental. And make sure not to share towels with nobody, even with your partner in order to stay safe from infections, acne and other skin irritations.
How to Make Them More Absorbent?
The best way to ensure soft and fluffy towels and sheets is not to use fabric softeners when washing them. Although a lot of us use softeners in order to make laundry softer, the truth is that this product can only impede the towels’ absorbency. You should also avoid using a detergent that contains any built-in fabric softener.
In order to remove excess softener from your fabric, first, you need to wash them separately from the other laundry for the next two washes. The key is not to dry them in between and to add 1 cup of plain white vinegar to the rinse cycle. For those having a front loading washing machine, you can add the vinegar into the fabric softener compartment, and for those having a top loader washing machine, you should first dilute the vinegar in a small bucket of water.
On the second towel wash, you can add ½ cup of Bicarbonate of Soda to the rinse cycle by following the aforementioned directions. After you have washed your sheets and towels twice, you can tumble dry completely. And voila, you’ll have your towels completely soft and absorbent as in the beginning.
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