How to Soften Towels.
Everyone loves a soft, absorbent towel. But even after buying the most soft and plush towels, they can end up feeling scratchy & stiff after a few months? Why?
It has to do with how they’re washed (and dried). Every towel will get this way if body soil, oils, detergents, chemicals, and minerals are left in the fibers after washing. Most of the time, the softness can be brought back by following some easy steps:
- Increase the water temperature – warm or hot water will produce best results.
- Don’t overload your washer.
- Replace fabric softeners with distilled white vinegar – this will combat the residue that reduces absorbency
- Use wool dryer balls and a lower heat setting – this keeps towels fluffy.
Wash Sheets Weekly – Here’s Why.
Studies show that washing your sheets weekly can lead to better sleep. And if that isn’t enough. Here are three more reasons why:
- You shed thousands of skin cells when you sleep – and dust mites love to feed off dead skin.
- You sweat while sleeping – and body soils transfer to your sheets.
- You drool at night – when you’re sleeping your swallowing reflexes relax which can allow saliva to escape from your mouth.
There’s a lot more to washing your sheets than just having that comfy, clean bed feeling. You can reduce the build-up of dirt, skin, sweat & oils with weekly sheet washing.
Hot, Warm or Cold – Here’s What Settings to Select & Why.
Choosing the best water temperature for your laundry doesn’t have to be a mystery. Before you get started, CSC recommends to:
Read Garment Care Labels – this will give you the info you need to choose the best water temperature and right type of wash cycle.
Sort Dirty Laundry – after you’ve checked the labels, sort your laundry by color, fabric type and washing temperature.
Choose Cold Water if in Doubt – if a label is missing or unclear, wash clothes (especially if colored) in cold water. This will prevent any damage to fabric such as shrinking, fading or color bleeding.
Once ready, here are the wash settings CSC recommends.
- Best used for white cotton clothes, bed & kitchen linens, bath towels, soiled, stained or sweaty garments.
- Cleans heavy soils and stains, sanitizes linens
- Can fade colors or shrink if the wrong items
- Best used for man-made fabrics like nylon, polyester, spandex, rayon, fabric blends and lightly soiled clothes.
- Helps to dissolve detergents and offers more energy efficiency than hot water.
- Can fade some colors, does not sanitize, will not remove heavy soils and stains
- Best used for bright-colored clothes and delicate fabrics
- Most energy efficient and less likely to shrink or fade items
- Can be used on any fabric, but less efficient in removing stains
Did you know you could wash these kitchen items?
You know it’s best to wash your kitchen towels (for dishes and hands) daily, but did you know that these other kitchen items should also be washed regularly.
Silicone baking mats & molds – toss in with regular laundry and put small items in a mesh laundry bag. Make sure to air dry.
Oven mitts & hot pads – wash and dry along with your kitchen towels
Small Kitchen Rugs – be sure to shake out in advance of washing, wash separately, and dry on low heat.
Mop heads, sponges & rubber gloves – remove from handles and place in mesh laundry bag with a load of towels. Dry completely before storing.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Shared laundry rooms.
It’s always important to be a good neighbor, and that applies to sharing a community laundry room too. Here are some tips to ensure an enjoyable laundry experience for everyone.
Don’t forget to remove your laundry quickly – emptying machines helps others get started, and helps you avoid having your laundry handled by others. Your CSC laundry app alerts you when your laundry is done.
Do leave the laundry room the way you’d like to find it on your next visit – make sure to clean out the lint trap, throw away trash, and wipe down the washer if needed.
Don’t assume a broken machine has been reported – submit a service request directly from your laundry app by noting the location and machine number.
Do drop laundry pods into the washer with your clothes – not the detergent drawer. Otherwise, the degradable wrap doesn’t fully dissolve and can clog the detergent drawer for others.
Don’t forget to wash what’s in your closets.
It’s easy to forget to care for items we keep in our closets, but things like jackets, bags & sports gear need regular washing to keep them looking good. CSC recommends washing these items with the change of every season, or more often as needed.
Jackets: be sure to check washing & drying instructions beforehand.
Sports Gear: shin guards, knee pads, compression sleeves & yoga mats
Backpacks & Duffel Bags: fabric & vinyl ones can be tossed in the washer with a regular load of similar colored laundry
Soft-Sided Lunch Bags & Boxes: have potential to be contaminated with bacteria from the foods inside and need to be washed regularly.
Reusable Grocery Bags: especially those used for produce & meats should be washed after every use.
When was the last time you washed them?
Studies show that washing sheets weekly can lead to better sleep – and we all know there’s nothing better than crawling into bed with clean ones. But what about clean pillows, mattress pads, blankets & comforters – when was the last time you washed them.
Just a few tips before you get to washing.
- Feather or polyester-filled bed towels & mattress pads can be tossed in the washing machines – foam ones cannot.
- Make sure to give pillows, pads & comforters room to move, and don’t overfill the washer.
- Follow instructions on tags for heat or air drying.