You can make hard towels 'fluffy and soft' again with one kitchen staple

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Towels can become hard and scratchy over time due to harsh washing, but there's a simple household item that can restore their softness. The reason towels lose their softness is often a build-up of soap residue, body oils, and fabric particles, which can occur from overloading the washing machine or using too much fabric softener.

Sophie Hinchliffe, better known as 'Mrs Hinch' and hailed as Britain's cleaning sensation, has fans who've shared an easy method to make old towels feel "brand new" with just one wash. In the Facebook group 'Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips', a member sought advice on how to keep towels soft and fluffy, leading to a revelation about the use of white vinegar.

One group member advised: "Use white vinegar instead of fabric conditioner. Gives fluffy, soft towels," reports the Express. Another suggested: "White vinegar instead of conditioner! Really makes your towels fluffy again."

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A third added: "I use white 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."

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Vinegar, with its acetic acid content, naturally breaks down and dissolves any residue in your towels, proving particularly effective at eliminating alkaline fabric softener build-up. The acidic properties of vinegar help balance the pH of the fabric, leaving them feeling incredibly soft and odour-free.

It's crucial to run a hot water laundry cycle as the heat aids in opening up the fibres for the vinegar to penetrate effectively. Once the wash is complete, remove them from 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 restored to their soft and fluffy state, enhancing their comfort and absorbency when using them.