'Amazing' hack for softening hard towels - and you only need one household item

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Towels are great when they're new and soft, but over time they can become tough and scratchy from over washing.

While the first port of call might be to bin these stiff towels and replace them, there is a simple way to restore them to to their former glory - with one item you likely already have in your kitchen cupboard.

Through regular use, old towels lose their softness as it gathers up soap residue, body oils, fabric softeners and other substances. Fans of popular cleaning influencer Mrs Hinch say this problem can be solved with a method to make crusty towels feel “brand new” with just one wash.

On the Facebook group, ‘Mrs Hitch’s Cleaning Hacks’ one frustrated user recently asked: “How do people wash and dry towels to keep them soft and fluffy?” It turns out the solution is simple white vinegar thrown in with your laundry, reports the Express.

One user said: “Use white vinegar instead of fabric conditioner. Gives fluffy, soft towels.” Another person said: “White vinegar instead of conditioner! Really makes your towels fluffy again.”

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Someone else commented: “I use white vinegar in the rinse cycle. It takes out any residue left in your towels and fluffs them up. If you use this method you’ll have no more crunchy towels. It's amazing and the cheapest product I’ve found to restore them.”

Vinegar contains acetic aid, which naturally breaks down and dissolves any residue in your towels but it is very effective at getting rid of fabric softener buildup as they tend to be alkaline.

The acidic nature of vinegar helps balance the pH of the fabric which also leaves them feeling incredibly soft and also removes odours. All you have to do is place any hardened towels in the washing machine and put on a normal wash, but use white vinegar in the detergent drawer instead of fabric softener.

Make sure to run a hot water laundry cycle as the heat helps open up the fibres to help the vinegar penetrate. Once the wash is done take them out of the washing machine and place them in the dryer on a low to medium heat setting.

If your towels still feel hard, you can run a second laundry cycle and add baking soda to the detergent drawer, which should remove any remaining residue. Your towels will be soft and fluffy once again, making them much more comfortable and absorbent when using them.

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