Keeping White Towels Their Brightest

There are few things as delightful as a perfectly folded, stack of fluffy white towels. Whether fresh-out-of-the-dryer warm, or on display in the guest bathroom, it is a peaceful, calming sight. In fact, there are entire Pinterest boards dedicated to stacks of white towels, like this one. And, if that makes you smile, you’re not alone; at least eight thousand other people have strong enough feelings toward stacked-white-towels to follow along.

Keeping White Towels White

But, everything looks better on Pinterest. Which begs the question, “How do you keep white towels white?” (The same can go for sheets or shirts, as well.)

In general, adding bleach or OxyClean to each load of towels is a good way to keep them at their whitest and brightest, but occasionally, some extra treatment will be required.

For Deep Cleaning/ Spot Treatment

  1. Hydrogen peroxide should be used on any small, obvious stains. Dab the hydrogen peroxide on the stain, and allow it to sit for at least an hour prior to washing.
  2. Use ½ cup of baking soda in addition to your laundry detergent on your white towels. The combination of baking soda with detergent will help to lift the stains from the fabrics.
  3. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle of the wash. Vinegar will help brighten the whites, and it will also pull any mildew or other smells from the towels.
  4. Dry towels thoroughly. Obviously, any dampness will lead to mildew, so to keep them fresh and soft, you’ll want to ensure they’re extra dry.

*Reminder, do not mix bleach and vinegar in the same load of laundry. It can be easy to get over-ambitious when you’re on a cleaning frenzy, but the combination of bleach and vinegar creates a chlorine gas, which can cause breathing problems, coughing, and burning, watery eyes. To be safe, in a generally good idea not to mix bleach with anything other than your normal laundry detergent.

So, enjoy those beautiful, fluffy, amazing white towels. And, if you’re not ready for Pinterest level bathroom décor, use white and brightly colored towels for decorative pieces in a guest or half bathroom, and keep the regular-use towels stocked in the other bathrooms. Use the bright or white towels on occasion only and extend their life even longer.