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Domestic Issues
« on: July 01, 2017, 06:28:52 PM »
We've had food, we've had dentists, and so on.
Time for tips on things about the house!

My question:
Most of my towels are now quite hard, not soft and fluffy, even when I use fabric softner and stuff...
I googled, and everywhere I read that the solution is to wash them in white vinegar - but... won't that make them smell really horridly? Is it a special kind of vinegar, or is it really what we use in food? :o

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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2017, 07:03:43 PM »
Vinegar has a lot of domestic uses beyond salad dressings - it's an effective deodorizer, anti-microbial (if you eat in questionable restaurants or in Arabian settings - eat the pickles!), germicide, fungicide, and all around-cure-all for many minor issues ranging from crotch-rot to ear infections. I think most advice is to replace your detergent with vinegar, which is a half-cup or so? Anyway, it should all rinse out. If you take the advice to mix it with baking soda, the bicarbonate of the baking soda reacts to form carbonic acid, which decomposes into carbon dioxide and water, which have no scent at all.
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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2017, 07:15:31 PM »
Thanks!
Now to buy those 2, then... :D
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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2017, 08:17:54 PM »
My wife says she's tried washing the towels in vinegar. I asked her if it worked. Her response, "Who knows?"

At the least, it didn't hurt the towels so you might as well give it a try.

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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2017, 09:25:14 PM »
My wife says she's tried washing the towels in vinegar. I asked her if it worked. Her response, "Who knows?"

At the least, it didn't hurt the towels so you might as well give it a try.
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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2017, 09:41:49 PM »
My brother swears by this vinegar trick also.
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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2017, 01:35:06 AM »
ls are now quite hard, not soft and fluffy, even when I use fabric softner and stuff...
I googled, and everywhere I read that the solution is to wash them in white vinegar - but... won't that make them smell really horridly? Is it a special kind of vinegar, or is it really what we use in food? :o

(help, Lady Ty ;))
This made me laugh, I am not the fount of all cleaning knowledge SB, I absolutely hate it and only manage any with audio book on my ipod. Then get extra cross vacuuming because I can't hear audiobook. lAlways dreamed of having a housekeeper ;D

I am now doing an experiment especially for you as I have some several scratchy old towels to hand as it is school holidays and Tygrands invade on and off, specially after playing NRL or similar mudbath stuff.

There is so much conflicting advice online but it does centre around vinegar and/or bicarb, but many suggestions contradict others. The main cause of hard towels seems to be a build up of detergent and softener over time, so when we thought we were doing the right thing, we may have been causing the problem.

One thing I did learn long ago is that whatever quantity of detergent/ softener etc etc manufacturers suggest you can halve it and get a perfectly clean result. They are selling you their product, aren't they? ;)

Secondly the vinegar to use is definitely white vinegar, you can probably buy it in 1 litre or 2 litre size somewhere like Sainsburys? Do they  still exist ? Any supermarket.

I put bicarb over plughole of all sinks and wash basins every few weeks and pour on some vinegar and it keeps them clear and clean, and a huge fizzy eruption happens so definitely a good chemical event going on.

If you can line dry outdoors and just finish  off in dryer that is also good as the dryer fluffs up but out doors helps freshness.

I am doing a one off, double wash, strip clean process today using first bicarb in very hot wash then vinegar in very hot rinse and will report later. 8)

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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2017, 07:24:50 AM »
The question is why do you want your towels to be soft when it is much better for your skin and blood circulation if they are hard? ;)
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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2017, 08:50:52 AM »
The question is why do you want your towels to be soft when it is much better for your skin and blood circulation if they are hard? ;)

OK Mr Spartan xiagan. You and @ScarletBea can discuss that one. I deserve every possible pampering luxury I can beg, borrow or steal nowadays, so no support from me. I expect soft towels, satin sheets and feather-down duvets . ;D ;D ;D

SB I am happy to report that today's experiment did make a difference. Maybe not mind blowing, and the towels will never be as new, but comparing the treated towels to similar untreated ones there is a definite improvement in softness and maybe if I continue to wash like this it will get even better. .

I used no detergent or softener at all, and the towels were moderately dirty so I did a pre-wash, just hot water, then half a cup of bicarb into the main hot wash, let the cycle run through, but put half a cup white vinegar into the final rinse through the softener liquid dispenser. My washer is a front loader, to save water,  so I can't easily interrupt and add things or change the temperatures as I go along. 

If the towels were really bad I would probably have to use some detergent and leave it out other times. Also recommend always using liquid detergents rather than powder.

I cannot believe I am writing this on a Fantasy Forum, sounding like the worst afternoon TV from the 50's, but hope it helps.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2017, 10:14:19 AM »
Oh yay! Result!
Thank you SO much ;D
Yeah, it was a big assumption of me, linking food with cleaning, when I actually have 2 very close examples that the 2 don't go hand in hand: my sister's great at cooking, doesn't really care much about cleaning; I'm good at cleaning stuff, but kinda hopeless in the kitchen ::)

The question is why do you want your towels to be soft when it is much better for your skin and blood circulation if they are hard? ;)
I exfoliate regularly, thank you, I don't want it every day :P ;D
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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2017, 11:50:52 AM »
Okay, Bea is excused. :)

The question is why do you want your towels to be soft when it is much better for your skin and blood circulation if they are hard? ;)

OK Mr Spartan xiagan. You and @ScarletBea can discuss that one. I deserve every possible pampering luxury I can beg, borrow or steal nowadays, so no support from me. I expect soft towels, satin sheets and feather-down duvets . ;D ;D ;D
Are you saying that you don't take cold showers in the morning?!?  :o
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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2017, 12:11:53 PM »
Now you sound like my dad!!!
(I believe he takes cold showers between May and October, hehe)

Note to self: do not give nice comfy things to xiagan, ever 8)

If you can line dry outdoors and just finish  off in dryer that is also good as the dryer fluffs up but out doors helps freshness.
I forgot to say that drying outdoors isn't an option for me, but I do put them in a chair or horse-drier in front of an open window (if the weather's nice).
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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2017, 01:44:39 PM »
I end my showers with about 30 seconds of the coldest water. I take deep breaths and stay calm. It results in a nice endorphin rush that clears my mind and freshens me up.

Then I dry off with rough towels because I can't be bothered to care about domestic stuff and I don't mind either way.
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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2017, 10:24:08 AM »
I think the solution is to sneak into fancy hotels and steal some new towels every couple of months.

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Re: Domestic Issues
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2017, 10:27:05 AM »
1. Donate the things you want washed to a second hand store.
2. They have it dry cleaned before they sell it.
3. Buy back your own stuff. Cheaper than actual dry cleaning.
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