Tips on Towels
Abby Stone
Jun 13, 2008
These Micro-Cotton Towels by Suite Collection at Bed Bath and Beyond come in great colours and stay soft and fluffy thru many washings. We love the generously sized bath sheet.
Summertime is when we usually think about buying new towels. But how to find ones that are the fluffiest and the softest? Some helpful tips we discovered while surfing Good Housekeeping plus some ideas on what to do with your old towels, after the jump...
  • Don't judge a towel by its in-store softness. Most manufacturers add softeners to the finish so towels will feel nice and velvety in the store. After a few washings, you may end up with a rougher towel than you had bargained for.
  • For enduring coziness, check the tag for 100% combed cotton. Cotton fibers naturally attract water, and can hold almost 25 times its weight in the liquid. Combed cotton ensures that the shorter threads have been removed, keeping the towel strong and preventing pilling.
  • Inspect the stitch for thick, tightly packed loops. The denser the loops, the more absorbent your towel will be. If you can see the base of the towel, it's bunk.
  • Don't just twiddle the towel on the shelf — pick it up! A high-quality towel will feel heavier than it looks, proving that it's packing more volume for absorbency.
  • Double-turned edges with double stitching are the key to durability. This reinforcement reduces fraying, which will give your towels a long, thirsty life.
And use your old ones:
  • As your beach blanket; roll another one up for a pillow.
  • To protect your legs from broiling after your car's been left for the afternoon in the hot sun
  • Tear them up into squares and use them for dusting or "swiffering" your home
  • Ronate them to your local animal shelter to be used as a pet bed
  • Roll them up and place them in a basket by the door to be used to wipe off feet dirty from sand and flip flops
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