It may seem strange that I am promoting white towels here on my blog, but if you go back and read one of my early posts on how towels changed my life, it won’t seem as bizarre.
Here’s the thing, with a family of five plus two dogs, and everyone showering almost everyday (sometimes the boys and dogs are just impossible), we seem to have towels everywhere. Not just bath towels either.
Bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, dish towels, towels we use for the counters and for dusting, and still more towels for sopping up water in the bathroom the bath rug didn’t absorb. Even though I have decluttered our towels significantly, I still have plenty and they are washed on a regular basis.
If washing towels so often isn’t bad enough, it’s worse to have to try and separate them out by various color schemes so they don’t bleed into each other in the wash. I think you see where I’m going with this. My towel struggle needed to get simpler.
It didn’t take me long after decluttering our towels to take it one step further, and replace them with white towels. Since then, I have also replaced our bath rugs and even our shower curtains with white ones. You obviously don’t have to choose white for your home, but I just like the clean crisp look of white, and it is always easy to find as it’s a standard color.
It is a huge time saver for us to be able to throw all of our towels, no matter the type into the washer at one time and have them come out nice and clean. With white, you could use bleach for those times when they may stain, or use vinegar instead for a natural clean. If you opt for bleach, make sure you purchase bleach-friendly towels so they stay white and don’t turn yellow.
Today, we own 12 bath towels (3 with the kids initials on them that get washed twice a week), 8 hand towels, 8 wash cloths and around 12 dish towels, all of which are white. Our bath rugs and our shower curtains are white as well. This change alone has simplified my life and made towel laundry so much easier to contain.
Check out these items for specifics on what we use in our house.
On the days that we clean the bathrooms, it’s a cinch to just take all of the towels, mats and curtains, throw them in the wash with some vinegar or bleach, and they all come out fresh and crisp white! Even if I am just putting in a load of dish towels, I can still grab towels from the laundry and throw those in too. I doubt I’ll ever go back to colors when it comes to towels, but this would work if you love color and stick to one solid color as well.