White Towels

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 1988

@pinotgrigio:  I agree with your Mom. Bleach won’t take out every stain. Dingy white towels would become garage/yardwork/camping towels in my house.

I would register for a different color.

Post # 4
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

In addition to bleach not taking out every stain, it’s really hard on the fabric and can quickly make it stiff and rough- just think about hotel towels. 

Post # 5
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@pinotgrigio:  I love white towels myself. Clean, crisp and classy!

My mom taught me to maintain whites by adding baking soda to the wash, i have found it to be great! Keeps whites white (not that dingy whitish color).

You can also try stripping your towels using the white vinegar method (search for it online). I did it once can’t remember all the details but it works.

There are ways! Laughing

Post # 6
507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We use all white towels and I have BRIGHT red dyed hair that runs until it’s been washed mayyyyybe 8 times. Oxyclean takes EVERYTHING out. I’ve never had a problem and my towels are still bright white. Yes, after a while you do need new ones, but that’s the same with any towel. I say go for it! 

Post # 7
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I tend to get makeup on my towel and I don’t use a brand new one every day, so white wouldn’t work for us.

Post # 8
11607 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Every white towel I’ve ever used has been scratchier or stiffer than the soft, plush colorful ones I have at home…

Post # 9
2150 posts
Buzzing bee

@pinotgrigio:  I have white towels. I’ve had them for a good 5 years. No stains. 

I bleach them about every other wash. And once a month I “strip” them by washing in hot water plus vinegar, then again in hot water plus baking soda.

I have designated “dirty” towels to use for drying off the dog, wiping his paws, etc. 

I also have a couple of old, colored towels that FI uses as he gets very dirty from work, and he would probably make my white towels dingy over time.

Get the white ones, but keep a couple of your old towels just in case!

Post # 10
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

We have super soft, plush white towels I bought at Target and I wouldn’t trade them for anything! i think colored towels tend to fade and look gross over time, and you can never restore them to their original color. On the other hand, white towels just need a little baking soda and they’re back to sparkly clean and white.

Post # 11
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We use all white towels (I got them for Christmas last year) and so far, they still look brand new! I do that stripping thing on Pinterest every now and then (use vinegar, then baking soda – no detergent) and that helps in addition to bleach during regular washes.

Post # 13
3538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I love my white towels! Every colored towel I own seems to have these odd discolorations in the color, as if they had bleach poured on one spot, but they’ve never been bleached.  Might just be a dye problem with the brand, no idea where they came from we got the colored towels as a gift. 

I usually always bleach my white towels and white clothes and every now and then I’ll add white vinegar and baking soda to the wash.  

Post # 14
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have the super lush white towels that Pottery Barn sells and after a year they are still a crisp white. I think white towels just look cleaner in a bathroom so its my preference. I’ve never had an issue with getting any stains out…

Post # 15
632 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@pinotgrigio:  I was in your situation – I ended up getting a cream color from Macy’s in their hotel collection.  No stains at all – and i wipe all my makeup on them everything it just comes out with a regular wash in hot water – no bleach needed.  White towels – lots of stains (I used to have white when i was on my own).

Post # 16
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We had white towels when I was a kid and I’ve had some for years with no issue.  Bleach when they look like they need it and strip them occasionally and they’ll be soft and fluffy and bright white.

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