To @CakeyP: Re – Towels
Towels (and sheets… and other linens & upholstered items) in the store are NEVER what they’ll be in real life after they are laundered.
This is because if they are made of 100% cotton, they are technically “organic”. As such they are sprayed / coated with a product that makes them deter mould & mildew… and other such things in transit (including attracting bugs).
This is WHY one should always wash such items BEFORE using them (and also why you’ll find upholstered items come with those stupid… DO NOT REMOVE TAGS… to prove they are new & have been treated by a registered manufacturer US / Canadian Manufacturer. It is a HEALTH Requirement)
So if your Fiance is feeling Towels in a store, and saying they aren’t soft enough… it could be because he is comparing oranges to apples (towels at home which are nicely laundered = soft… and ones in the store that have been coated / sprayed = stiff)
My best suggestion…
1- Find out what “name brand” of Towels he likes… and find them again
(lol, this is my own proven method of finding a towel I like… I may buy a small hand-towel and see how it launders… then stick with the same brand name in the future)
2- OR go for quality Egyptian Cotton or Bamboo Towel. And make the decision on whether you are sheared or looped towel lovers… as the feel of those / absorbency will be slightly different
Hope this helps,
PS… Towels should be washed in Warm to Hot Water (the latter is best for White Towels… altho some may shrink*), with plenty of water & soap. And NOT with any other items in the load.. towels give off fibres (they are meant to) so they are the biggest culprits when it comes to pilling up other fabrics. Dry them on a warm temp, and fold them while still warm. Towels should be laundered every 7 to 10 days (at the most) because in addition to soaking up the water on you, they’ll also accummulate skin oils too. Towels well taken care of should last a minimum of 5 years.
Fabric Softener might make your towels more cozy… but it builds up on the towels, and stops the “shedding” process. So it will effect both the absorbency of the towel, as well as the life span overall.
* If you don’t like shrunken towels (what happens is “the band” puckers) then you can go with Warm Water and use Bleach (don’t recommend Javex) to keep them white. I find that Tide Vivid White (the white lid does a good job).
And when White linens get really bad (discolour) I wash them alone (no other colours) in Laundry Soap and a dab of DiDi 7… it is a Whitener and does an amazing job on stuff.