Guide to Caring for Beach Towels

How to care for beach towels

The summer holidays are here, and at this time there is a lot to wash. First, because you have to wash all those clothes that you have stored since the fall, you’ll want to start your trip with freshly laundered clothes, and this includes beach towels and even home towels.

To revive the towels after a season in storage. It is recommended that you wash them with a hot water cycle and add a quarter cup of white vinegar. Then wash them on a second cycle, adding detergent and a quarter cup of baking soda. Then, take them to the dryer.

And second, you have to wash everything when you return from your beach days. You have to remove some stains that may have happened and leave all your clothes as they were before starting your trip. This guide will help you with tips and tricks on how to wash beach towels and remove any type of stains, all these recommendations you can use this summer that is beginning.

Ideally, wash the towel after each use, because it can be impregnated with salt or if you use it in the pool from the smell of chlorine, it is best to attack these odors in time. Washing them immediately after using them is essential if they have been stained.
If you cannot wash them every day because you are in a hotel and do not have access to the laundry, you should leave them hanging to dry well after each use. This way, you will avoid bad smells.

First tips for washing beach towels

Most beach towels are made from soft, absorbent cotton, which means they are easier to care for. And they can be machine washed with regular detergents that you’ll find in the supermarket. However, you should always remember to read and follow the washing instructions that are on the product.

The cotton towels generally must be washed with hot water. So when you take your clothes to the washing machine, set this feature in the cycle to get better cleaning. Usually, hot water will not damage the material of the towels, of course, if they are made of quality cotton.

Once again we tell you, read the washing label on your beach towel because perhaps some do not allow the use of hot water because they are not 100% cotton.

Beach towels are generally very colorful, but that doesn’t mean they will fade if you wash them in hot water. In general, they are made to come into contact with water very often. As for the shades, what we recommend is that you wash the light and dark colors separately.

Remove sand from the beach towel.

When the beach towel is filled with sand, it is no longer so comfortable to use. Also, you don’t want so many amounts of sand in your washing machine, which is not made to handle this problem and could be damaged. Therefore, you must know how to remove the sand from the cloth.

What you should do when you leave the beach is make sure you shake the towel well and hard, before putting it in your bag or purse. You want to hear the towel ring when you shake it, and this ensures that you are getting rid of as much sand as possible.

Once at home, vacuum the beach towel, using either a handheld or large vacuum. This way you can remove all the sand that has stuck to the cloth.

The last thing you can do is fill a large plastic container with warm water, add a little soap, and soak it. Any sand on the material should come off the fabric and stay at the bottom of the container. Then, you can wash your towel normally, as we will mention later.

How to remove stains from your beach towel

Aside from sand, anything else can accidentally splash and stain your beach towel, like ice cream, mud, food, and even blood (it’s easy to cut yourself on a rock on the beach). Knowing how to treat these common summer stains will help you keep your towels in good condition. Although, always remember to read the label with the washing instructions for your cloth, and take into account that it is faster to remove stains when they are fresh.

Remove the most common stains.

  • Ice Cream and Chocolate: Remove as much ice cream and chocolate as possible from the towel. Do a pre-treatment for the stain with a stain remover that you can find in the store or if you do not have use liquid detergent. Scrub with water repeatedly until the stain is removed. But if the stain has dried up or is harder to remove, soak the towel in soapy water for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Mud: Wait until the mud has dried, then scrape off as much mud as you can. Add liquid detergent to the entire stain and scrub the affected area. You can use an old toothbrush to scrub until the stain has been removed.
  • Blood: soak in cold water and pre-treat with a special stain remover or liquid detergent, and scrub gently until the bloodstain is removed from the towel. If the stain is difficult to remove, use hydrogen peroxide.
  • Make-up base: pre-treat it with liquid soap and then wash it off with hot water.
  • Lawn: soak in a mixture of your regular detergent and water. And then, normal washing follows.
  • Juice, coffee or tea: clean the affected area with distilled vinegar, Then wash as usual.

Once you’ve treated the stains, wash your custom summer towel by following these steps.

How to wash beach towels

You already know how to remove stains and sand from towels. Now is the time to put them in the washing machine and finish the process of washing your beach towels.

As we already mentioned, the first thing you should do is separate the towels into two piles, the dark ones and the light ones, to do the washing separately. Also, check the washing instructions on the label to make sure you are doing the process the right way, as recommended by the manufacturer.

Unless otherwise stated on the label, wash beach towels in hot water, with a cold water rinse. This point is important because it will help eliminate any type of bacteria that may have caught the towel on the beach.

Always use a good quality detergent to ensure that the washing process finishes well. And that bacteria, bad smells and any remaining dirt that remains on the towels are eliminated.

If your towels become stiff after washing, try not to use so much detergent, especially if you use fabric softener. Or you can add 1/4 cup of vinegar or baking soda to the wash (the vinegar smell dissipates in the rinse cycle).

In general, avoid using fabric softener when you wash your normal beach or home towels, as this gradually takes away the absorption capacity.

After the end of the summer you want to store the towels, it is recommended that you carry out the washing process that we mentioned at the beginning of the post. That includes two cycles, one with vinegar and one with detergent and bicarbonate. Then dry the towels well. And then store them where you usually do, which should be a dry, odor-free place.

With this guide to caring for beach towels, you can remove any stains or bad odors they have, and you can continue using them for the summer months, then save them for the following year.