How to Wash Turkish Towels

Turkish towels hanging on bathroom towel rack.
Turkish towels are some of the most luxurious towels around today. Made from Turkish cotton, Turkish towels are one of the few types of towels that get even softer and fluffier the more you wash them. Sounds like a dream come true, right?

The one downside of Turkish towels is that they do require specialized care to keep them at their best. Luckily cleaning and caring for your towels is pretty straightforward. These tips from Molly Maid will show you how to wash Turkish towels and keep them in optimum condition.

How to Wash Your Turkish Towel the First Time

  1. Soak your Turkish towels before first use While your Turkish Towels will be soft on arrival, you can soak them before first use to make the long fibers open up and make the towel extra absorbent. Soak your towels in cold water for at least 12 hours. We recommend soaking your towel in your bathtub for best results. To do this, simply, fill your tub with cold water and place your towel inside to soak, make sure there’s a good level of water inside so your towel gets a proper soaking.
  2. After your towel has soaked, wring it out and hang it to dry Hang drying Turkish towels will help them stay soft, pliable, and absorbent. It’s also better for the environment.

How to Wash a Turkish Towel

After you’ve soaked/dried your towel and enjoyed its softness, it’s time to wash it. To keep your towel as fresh as possible, we recommend washing your Turkish towel in cold or medium temperature water.

To do this:

  • Machine wash the towel using a cold, gentle cycle.
  • Don’t use any bleach or fabric softener while washing your towel.
  • Dry the towel on low heat or hang to dry.

Pro Tip: Adding Vinegar to Your Washer

It may seem counter-intuitive, but too much detergent can be troublesome for everyday laundry and specialty fabrics like Turkish cotton. To prevent the build-up of detergent in your washer and on your fabrics, you can occasionally add vinegar to your washer.

How to Add Vinegar to the Laundry

  1. Once a month, measure one cup of white vinegar and add it to the detergent compartment before starting a load of wash.
  2. Wash your towels as normal.

The vinegar will help brighten, soften and kill odors in your laundry.

Caring for Your Turkish Towels

Alongside washing and drying your towels, we recommend ironing your towels regularly. This will help to smooth out any unwanted creases or wrinkles in the towels.

Over time, you may notice the occasional thread coming loose on your towels. If this happens, simply cut off the thread that’s affected. Because of how the fabric is woven, the towel won’t unravel if a thread gets caught.

By following these steps, your Turkish towels will stay soft and fresh for as long as you use them!

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