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Old 01/21/11, 04:56 PM
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stiff towels from hanging to dry

Anyone know of a way to prevent the stiffness in towels from hang drying. Perhaps a different type of fabric that works well and is soft after hang drying. Thanks.

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You might try getting used to air-dried towels. I love my stiff towels! In fact I don't use my dryer anymore at all, just drying racks. Those stiff towels that haven't been coated with chemicals feel so good to rub against my skin and they soak the water right up. Towels from a dryer with fabric softener seem to slide right over your skin without picking up the water.

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i'm with Gramma on this one. I LOVE a good scratchy towel! I used to have a line where we used to live, but there's not a good place to have one here. Between the smell and how good the towel felt-heaven!

But if you want to soften them up, put a little vinegar in the rinse and then give them a good snap before and after you hang them up.

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i'm with Gramma on this one. I LOVE a good scratchy towel! I used to have a line where we used to live, but there's not a good place to have one here. Between the smell and how good the towel felt-heaven!

But if you want to soften them up, put a little vinegar in the rinse and then give them a good snap before and after you hang them up.
Ok I have so been meaning to ask this....I have read several post to use vinegar in the rinse cycle...HMMMMMM Doesn't your clothes smell like it then???? That would so gross me out! I really don't want to smell sour all day.
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Vinegar done in the wash cycle will help and no smell at all... I also LOVE the stiff towels..and oh my --SHEETS.. crisp, fresh and stiff... OH I can't wait until it's a tiny bit warmer so my stuff can go on the line all the time..

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Old 01/22/11, 11:48 PM
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Thanks for the replies

Ok I'll try the snapping and vinegar. The reason I ask is because infants and childrens skin doesn't do as well with stiff crunchy towels. I can't image drying a newborn with that stiff towel. Anyone else use other fabrics besides traditional cotton towels?

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Old 01/23/11, 08:33 AM
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I had some of those infant hooded towels that were made out of a jersey/terry sort of weave. They dried less crunchy than regular towels.

The vinegar really does help, though.

But I often save up a washer load of large linens (queen sheets mostly) that are too big for me to line dry. I dry indoors in my basement. Then I do a load every week or two of things that I intend to dry in the dryer. I figure that cutting down to one load every week or two from 4-6 loads a week in the dryer is still a big improvement.

But, once the warmer weather is here, I'd like to get an outdoor clothesline set up so I can do sheets and towels outside.

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Old 01/23/11, 11:57 AM
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If you do have an electric dryer you can pop them in to finish them up just before they are fully dry and they will be fluffy...
But personally I'm in the stiff towels being good camp too.

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This Gramma LOVES the line dried STIFF towels, too!

But I do keep 2 or 3 soft ones (dried in the dryer) for the wee bitty grandbabies~~~

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I have heard that if you cut down on the amount of laundry detergent you use that they won't be as stiff. The recommended amount is not neccessary to get them clean. I haven't dried on a line in years though, so not sure if it's true or not. My SIL does though and she's the one that told me.

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It is all in how well the soap gets rinsed out. The Vinegar will break the tinsel strength on the oil in the soap and they will be far softer. More than one clear water rinse may be required. Also, tweak back the amount of soap you are useing. Good luck!!

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Old 01/24/11, 08:09 AM
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First of all reduce the amount of soap you use in your machine. It helps.
When I get my towels out of my washing machine I shake them hard and then hang them, and then snap them as mentioned above before I fold them. I use no softener. I too like towels dried like this, they dry your body better than soft towels somehow!

All our clothes are a little 'harder' than dryer clothes, but you really get used to it.

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i'm with Gramma on this one. I LOVE a good scratchy towel! I used to have a line where we used to live, but there's not a good place to have one here. Between the smell and how good the towel felt-heaven!

But if you want to soften them up, put a little vinegar in the rinse and then give them a good snap before and after you hang them up.
What does the snapping do? I too love line dried clothes and towels.
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Old 01/25/11, 11:19 AM
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it loosens all the fibers and makes it softer. Less starchy.

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it loosens all the fibers and makes it softer. Less starchy.
Thanks after I postedd I figured it was something like that
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I use vinegar in the rinse cycle, and our clothes are NOT sour smelling!! I use about ½ cup, and it's a large-tub washer. They just smell clean and fresh, not like vinegar at all.

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I'm in the stiff line-dried towel camp also. I use 1/2 cup vinegar in the rinse and you do not smell the vinegar. I also give those wet towels a good snap as I am hanging them. I just love drying off with a rough towel. It is very invigorating.

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Ok... I'll be the one to admit it! While I love line drying clothes and I agree that they smell so god and fresh when I use vinegar instead of fabric softener, I HATE cruchy towels!!! I also HATE lint on my clothing!!!

So, I do throw each load of clothes in the dryer for 5 minutes or so to soften them up and to remove lint.

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I bought micro fiber bath towels from Bed Bath and Beyond and love them. They are never stiff, always soft and dry in a very short time.

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I may have to get some of those micro fiber towels for dh, he HATES the crunchy towels too! I happen to like them myself, but rarely hang them because dh always fusses about them being hard. The kids could care less.

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Back in the 1800's, people loved stiff towels. They were considered to be an exfoliator.

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I love line drying clothes but don't love crunchy towels! I do finish them up in the dryer for a few minutes.

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I love line drying clothes but don't love crunchy towels! I do finish them up in the dryer for a few minutes.
I finish them up in the dryer too. I don't mind stiff hand towels or washcloths, but the line dried bath towels are a bit too rough.
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You might try washing them on a higher temperature but don't put detergent in the machine. I think you will be surprised how much soap is still in the towels. Hope this works

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Old 07/30/13, 09:12 PM
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I love rough line dryed towels. You get a brisk rubdown with them and they are so absorbent. I sometimes use vinegar in the rinse and once dry there is no vinegar smell.

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We have towels with bamboo in them, once you use them they soften up quickly. Our all cotton towels stay stiff and scratchy forever. I don't really care, especially in the summer when I don't need the towel to keep warm drying off! But DH complains about the scratchy towels, I ignore him

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Line drying is my preference too. I use my own recipe for detergent and its only two tbsp per load. That seems to make the difference though, because they are a bit stiff but not too bad.

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Ok... I'll be the one to admit it! While I love line drying clothes and I agree that they smell so god and fresh when I use vinegar instead of fabric softener, I HATE cruchy towels!!! I also HATE lint on my clothing!!!

So, I do throw each load of clothes in the dryer for 5 minutes or so to soften them up and to remove lint.

I will stand in solidarity with my fellow martian and say I absolutely hate stiff clothes and towels and lint. I will even go one step further and say that I also don't like the smell of line dried items (we have cattle - our air isn't always "fresh"). But I am tucking away these tips for that "just in case" file. You never know when the dryer might break down...
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I think the line dried towels dry you sooooo much better--- don't leave you feeling 1/2 wet, but if you pop them in the dryer with a fabric softener sheet for 5 minutes of so it should soften them up for you. I also reuse out towels more then once before I wah ( your clean when you get out of the shower) and I think the line dried towels stay fresh smelling a lot longer. If I only have time to hang just a few loads out my 1st 2 choices is towels and jeans.

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