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Softening Bath Towels
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Never, ever, ever, ever use Fabric Conditioner with towels, especially the expensive ones. As Consie says, the "conditioner" alters the make up of the molecules within the fibres (or, to be accurate, cover them up, if that makes sense). All it really does is make them smell nice.
Rinse very well and either let them dry naturally or, if you must, tumble dry. Cotton is naturally soft and fluffy so it stands to reason that the more natural you keep it, the nicer it will stay. Cleaners and conditioners work by attacking the molecules of dirt - and they can't do this selectivly (sp)
Okey dokey, one hippy idea coming up - don't use detergent as it kills everything in the water cycle and really isn't very ecofriendly, and is expensive when you add up the cost of washing too.
Look at the alternative clean system from Ecoballs - mineral filled balls that go in with the wash and need no powder, ever. Last for 1000 washes and will keep towels fluffy too - as above, never use conditioner and the min. of detergent anyway.
Also avialable - drier balls that have lots of tiny rubber fronds that lift the fabric.
Look at: http://www.ecozone.co.uk/index.php?cPath=22_100 and read the reviews.
Ecoballs system may look costly but just think how much powder you use and what the savings will be - and no boxes to carry round the car parks! You can get refills too now which make them even better value. Now go and hug a tree.
It will do, because you have altered the state of the cotton, and the Fabric conditioner, once you have used it, becomes a must. There is nothing wrong with the feel of the conditioner, or the smell, as long as you are happy that that is what you are getting, the feel and smell of the conditioner, not the feel and smell of the cotton. Think about Hair conditioner - it doesn't actually make your hair softer - the hair on your head is dead - it coats your hair with a coating that feels soft.
Nothing wrong with any of that- its good marketing - but leave your hair unwashed for a few months (if you dare) and you will have shiny soft hair as your body will find its own balance in terms of secretions from the skull.
Judie dear - as you say, only a couple of balls but look what they can get done!!
Read the testimonials and off to shop on the site. There are a few eco thingys that will help round the home, and OK, I'll be dead before the glaciers melt, but any effort will help.
The balls kill bacteria - thats what makes your clothes smelly - they won't leave a pungent fabric smell, don't harm the water system, can be refilled for half the price - inc. the rubber seals round them - and are dead cool to brag to your chums about as they carry yet more chemicals home with them.
They don't wash without detergent really - the cleaning action is from the spheres inside the ball contacines, and this creates an oxygenating process - oh, look, thats what the washing powder says it does!!
So come on, hug a tree now, cosy up to a whale and get your hands on the Ecoballs. The ball fluffers things also help as they basically lift fabric to make it all soft and nice to touch, so even more savings.
Oh and quick note re soft hair - don't rub the Ecoballs into your hair - use a rinse of either rose water - smells nice - or nettle tea, which as nettle has a lot of goodness like iron and vit c will strengthen the hair as well as leaving it shiny. Honest! V. old fashioned one, that.
Collect fresh nettle tops for the best effect, but a bag version will be good too. And in a comedy West Country accent :- 'Now then, my lover, get off my land!.....'
I was always told NO softner for towels I always tumble dry,and I use the blue and pink ball on the site recomended( in the tumbler). I got mine at the ideal home show, I was a sceptic but because I only dry using 'leccy I figured that a tenner was worth the risk. Suffice to say this was a good move as now the washer and dryer work in sync. a lot more than they used to. I do not have one wet lot in a basket ,some in the washer and a third in the dryer.So in a non scientific way I know that they cut down on the energy used.These balls were developed by someone who worked in the silk industry so they get between the layers of fabric allowing the free flow of air, so they are more efficient than the load turning around in a big wet ball. In fact I have two lots they are brill!
I tried to use a different brand of ionic wash ball and it was so small that it got caught in the clothes and whacked in the dryer it was banjaxed. So these big green numbers look ideal - will give them a go. The little one worked but I don't know why.
I was going to put something about letting the cats play with my balls but then though that was silly...
Incidentally, I think the Ecoballs are �35 for 1000 washes, so bodyswerve the Lakeland variety helliebobs and save even more!!. Refills are �15 or so.
Judiewudie - if you mean the SECC show April 5 - 9, see you there - I won't be on the stand selling balls, but another one. Do get some as they are dead good.