It is a wonderful feeling to be able to wrap your face in a soft and fragrant towel. Unfortunately, aggressive detergents and very frequent washing can harden the fibers and over time you no longer have that pleasant feeling of softness.

In washing machine washes usually used a very simple supermarket fabric softener. But not everyone knows that fabric softeners consist of chemicals that form a kind of film. This film only gives the feeling of softness, which will be temporary. Without forgetting that industrial detergents pollute the environment around us. However, there are some natural remedies that help us soften towels without problems even without fabric softener! Let’s find out together!


The most famous and popular home remedy of grandmother for house cleaning can only be him: vinegar! Whether white or apple, it is an inexpensive and readily available product. It has many properties: it is a natural anti-lime, it disinfects and also has a softening function! Let’s also not forget that it is one of the most suitable household products to eliminate bad odors, even in the washing machine. You may wonder how you can use it to have soft and fragrant towels. In reality, a few spoonfuls in the special compartment of the washing machine would be enough to notice the difference! In addition, the vinegar revives the colors so your towels really look like new when they are dyed!


If your towels are rough, they need a softening and somewhat “relaxing” treatment. You got it right! We are talking about chamomile! This natural remedy is very often used by us to promote sweet nights and has a calming effect. But few know that it is very useful to soften towels in a very natural way. It is necessary to boil quart of water and infuse 1 bag of chamomile, which we use for herbal teas. After it is ready and completely cooled, pour it directly into the basin of water and soak the clean but rough towels. Let them soak for about fifteen minutes, squeeze them and do not spread them directly in the sun. They will be soft and enveloping!


There are some really hard towels that don’t seem to want to soften. But we have the solution for you! If the towels seem to scratch your face every time you wash them, take a bowl of water and put a nice spoonful of baking soda in it . You need to soak everything for a whole night and then spread it out after you squeeze it. Baking soda softens the fibers and eliminates bad odors!


Never forget that salt is an inexpensive and versatile agent for super soft towels even without fabric softener. Salt balances the hardness of the water, which is often chalky and therefore responsible for hardening towels. You can add a little salt to each wash to balance the water and make your towels much softer!

Salt, baking soda and vinegar

You can combine different natural remedies to get a winning mixture and have very soft towels even without fabric softener. You will always need the famous basin of warm water in which you can pour a glass of vinegar, 2 ounces of fine salt and 1 ounce of bicarbonate. You will find that a reaction occurs in which the bicarbonate balances the properties of the vinegar. Soak the towels and let them soak for a while. Once you have them well dried, there is a little trick that you can follow.

To “lift” the fibers of the sponge and return a soft appearance to our towel many people run a soft brush over the fabric, restoring the function of the fibers and revitalizing them. This makes them look like new towels! Of course, these natural remedies are great for softening rough towels, but we have many more tips for you, even for the washing machine!

Tips in the washing machine!

  • Wash them separately

It may seem trivial, but a few small precautions to take when washing in the washing machine can make a difference when we wash towels. The ideal would be to wash them separately and separate the white ones from the colored ones . In this way we do not take any risk.

  • Do not load the washing machine too much

When washing in the washing machine we must take into account the load to be washed. Very often, out of haste or boredom, we tend to fill the whole basket, but there is nothing more wrong! Because even if you use an ecological fabric softener and do not do it yourself, there is a greater chance that the clothes will remain stiff or even wrinkled. Charge in the right place, without overdoing it.

  • Use the right temperature

Not everyone knows that there is the right temperature to guarantee softness to our towels. Of course, they also need to be disinfected thanks to the high temperatures. But to have an ideal approach when washing in the washing machine, we must prefer a wash of 140 °F for white towels and 100 °F for colored towels. For colored and dark clothes, you cannot discolor your towels with this temperature.

  • Do not use too much detergent

We recommend the use of natural or ecological and environmentally friendly products. In addition, the correct amount of detergent must be used to maintain the softness of the towels. In fact, detergent residues together with lime are one of the causes of rough towels and not optimal laundry. So even if you use ready-made detergent or fabric softener, it takes very little to notice an improvement.

  • Use tennis balls

Tennis balls, like aluminum balls, are one of the alternative ways to soften clothes without detergent. In fact, thanks to the mechanical action of the basket in contact with the towels, tennis balls have an electrostatic effect that inflates them and makes them much softer. So, it can be a good alternative if you do not have one or more of the indicated means. Remember that it can be very useful to use the dryer, which stimulates the famous swelling of the fibers of the towels and makes them very soft even without fabric softener!


Of course, we remember to always follow the washing label to use the most appropriate method.