Did you know that there’s a right way and a wrong way to choose bathroom towels? More to the point, did you know what makes a towel great for the bathroom?
Most of us don’t give towels much thought … until we find ourselves using them. But if you’re standing in front of the towel aisle at your local bath store, it’s hard to choose one brand over another. They all look and feel soft and fluffy!
Well, here’s what you need to know.
Your goal in the end is to take home towels that are soft, fluffy, and absorbent. Towels that don’t measure up in terms of one or all of those tests either won’t last or won’t do the job they’ve been created to do. Sure, you’ll step out of your steam shower feeling warm and comfortable. But, you still want to wrap yourself in something cozy, right?
Remember this: the towels will feel much softer in the store than at home after a few washes. Many towel manufacturers apply a coating to their towels to ensure that they look and feel great through the shipping process and as they sit on store shelves. Your goal is to buy towels that will continue to feel great after that coating has been washed off. Look for towels that are made from rayon or Egyptian cotton. These are typically the softest towels available.
Choose towels that are as thick and heavy as you can find. These have multiple layers woven together. The extra thickness enhances the softness, and makes the towel much more absorbent. The key though is to avoid using fabric softener when washing towels. The softener coats the fabric making it less absorbent.
Let’s stay with the theme of thick, cotton or rayon towels. Not only are these towels softer and more absorbent, they will last much longer as well. There’s no shame in hanging on to towels for 5, 10, or more years … as long as they continue to look and function their best.