How to Keep Towels Soft: A Simple Guide


Learn how to keep towels soft, fluffy, and absorbent so you can achieve spa-style luxury at home.

Is there anything better than stepping out of a hot shower to a soft, fluffy towel? The right towel can make your everyday routine feel like an at-home spa. However, too often we are greeted with hard, crunchy towels that never quite feel like they did when you first purchased them. Are you ready to learn how to keep towels soft, fluffy, and absorbent? Read on for our simple guide to keeping towels soft!

How to Keep Towels Soft

Keeping towels soft may seem like a difficult feat, but it doesn't have to be complicated! We have four tips for how to keep towels fluffy, soft, and spa-level luxurious.

Start with a Good Towel

A good towel makes all the difference! There’s no need to get rid of your current towels, but when your towels are threadbare and ready to be recycled, we recommend investing in high quality towels. When purchasing a towel, look for a dense, fluffy towel made of high quality fibers, like cotton or bamboo. A higher quality towel will last longer and provide a cushier feel.

Don’t Overuse Detergent

Using too much laundry detergent is a common problem, particularly with those who use liquid detergent. A heavy pour can result in the detergent not fully washing away, leaving crunchy, hard towels. The easiest way to avoid this issue? Use Dropps Laundry Detergent Pods! Dropps pods are perfectly proportioned, taking the guesswork out of laundry. Hello, clean towels–goodbye, leftover detergent residue!

Use the Right Fabric Softener

Traditional fabric softener coats laundry with an icky, sticky coating. This coating may help fabrics feel softer at first, but the clogged fibers are far less absorbent–a big no-no for towels! Try Dropps Fabric Softener pods for extra softness. Our natural fabric softener pods are made up of tiny minerals that flow through the fabric, naturally softening towels without reducing their absorbency. Looking to really replicate that spa feeling? Try out Lavender Eucalyptus or Orange Blossom scented softeners to add a bit of aromatherapy to your routine.

Know Your Dryer Settings

There’s no need to turn the dryer heat all the way up! Try drying your towels on a medium setting to preserve the fabric while killing bacteria. Using high heat is a good way to sanitize a particularly soiled towel, but it can be harsh on fibers (and your electricity usage)! Don’t forget to add a Wool Dryer Ball to reduce drying time and add some extra chemical-free softness. You can even add a few drops of essential oils for an extra boost of scent! Once the dryer is done, don’t leave towels sitting in the machine. Take them out and shake them to fluff up the fibers to make sure they are as soft and fluffy as they can be!

Frequently Asked Questions

Have more burning questions about how to keep towels soft? We’ve got all the answers you need for how to make towels soft again.

Why are my towels so hard after washing?

The most common cause of hard towels? The products you’re using! Too much detergent and traditional fabric softeners can build up on towels, clogging the fibers and making them stiff and crunchy. Add a hot dryer cycle and you’ve got a recipe for crispy towels.

How do you soften hard towels? How do you make towels soft and fluffy again?

If your towels are hard from the build up of fabric softener and detergent, it’s time to remove that residue! Try washing your towels with white vinegar to strip away that icky sticky coating. Simply swap out your standard laundry detergent for one cup of vinegar and run a cycle with hot water. The vinegar will strip away the detergent and fabric softener residue, leaving you with softer and more absorbent towels. To prevent this problem from occurring in the future, try using pre measured detergent pods and mineral based fabric softener pods instead of traditional fabric softeners or dryer sheets.

How do hotels get their towels so soft?

Hotel towels are soft, fluffy, and inviting. Luckily, it’s easy to achieve this at home. Hotels don’t have any special secrets–they simply use good towels and wash them correctly. A hotel laundry is sure not to overuse detergent, and to avoid traditional fabric softeners. One tip of the hotel trade is to use vinegar as a fabric softener replacement, adding one cup to the load along with your laundry detergent. The vinegar helps eliminate odors and brightens white towels. You likely already have vinegar in your pantry, so go ahead and try it out!