How can I keep my sheets and towels soft?

Real Mom Problem

“I was wondering if anyone has any tips, tricks, or secrets on how to have nice, fluffy, soft towels? Mine are so stiff and flat!”

by outgoingmomof2 outgoingmomof2

Quick Tips

  • 1. Add a cup of white vinegar to your washer during the rinse cycle
  • 2. Don't use too much fabric softener or dryer sheets which can cause a waxy buildup on your towels and make them less absorbent
  • 3. Toss a few dryer balls or tennis balls in your dryer with the sheets and towels

Real Mom Solutions

Everyone loves a fluffy towel when they hop out of the shower and silky sheets when they lie down to sleep. See how these moms make sure their linens are always soft!

Hannah Keeley Hannah Keeley

Our Expert Mom Says...

You can use fabric softener in the rinse cycle when you do laundry in order to soften the material, but you usually only need about half as much as you're probably using. Make sure you read the label and find out how much is required for one load. Most people use double or triple that amount without even realizing it, and it creates chemical buildup on the laundry.

Another great fabric softener is simple white vinegar (and it's super cheap, especially if you purchase it at bulk warehouse stores). Use about half a cup per load to soften your laundry. Don't worry about the smell; it comes out in the drying cycle. You can also add some essential oils to your bottle of vinegar and give it a good shake before adding it to the rinse cycle for an added scent.

Hannah Keeley is the producer and host of the national television series, "Hannah, Help Me!" She is also the author of "Hannah Keeley's Total Mom Makeover," founder of the mom website,, and the mother of seven rambunctious kids! Hannah has appeared on the "Today" show, "Fox and Friends", TLC, and has been a frequent guest on the "Rachael Ray Show". She has also been featured in "The Wall Street Journal," "Better Homes and Gardens," and "Real Simple" magazine.

The Moms of CafeMom Say...

  • arianna24

    Use vinegar instead of chemical fabric softener. Vinegar is a natural softener. Also, fabric softener prevents the towel from being absorbent because it leaves a coating over the fabric to make it soft.

  • northtexasmomma

    Vinegar is a natural and cheap softener. You can also dry the towels in the dryer with a tennis ball or two to make them soft.

  • woliung8153

    My sheets and towels are always soft and I always use fabric softener and Bounce dryer sheets.