How to Soften Stiff Washcloths and Towels

Nothing feels better than wrapping up in a soft, fluffy towel after your shower or bath. The softness of towels feels good against the skin as you dry yourself off or your child. Stiff washcloths and towels can feel like an assault against your skin, whether it's first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. Softening your towels and washcloths isn't difficult to do and can be achieved with supplies found around the home.

Soften your towels with supplies from home.
Wash towels after every three uses.

Wash your towels with regular laundry detergent. Before placing the towels in the wash machine, add 1 cup baking soda to the soapy water. Baking soda cleans and softens your towels.

Step 2

Add 1 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your wash machine. White vinegar is a natural replacement for fabric softener. It softens the fibers of your towels, as well as freshening them.

Step 3

Hold the end of your towels, one at a time, and shake each towel vigorously. Doing this fluffs the fibers, which contributes toward that soft, fluffy feeling.

Step 4

Place a fabric softener dryer sheet in the dryer with your towels. Dry your towels until completely dry.

Step 5

Shake each towel vigorously again, as you take them out of the dryer. Hang up for use or fold and put away in a dry location.