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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Let's talk towels.


I know, I know.  How lame does that sound?  I've been off-line for a week and this is the best I can do?  Well, yes it is.

My definition of the 'perfect' bath towel was always a vision of large fluffiness.  No pastels, please.  For it to be extra perfect, it should be straight out of the dryer, a warm, soft wrap that would make you want to cocoon on the tile floor and curl up in bliss.

My definition has changed.  As I have traveled along on my journey to simplify my life, one of the luxuries jettisoned was my dryer.  I had a perfectly serviceable dryer that I picked up on Freecycle, and it served me well for a good eight years.  Heaven knows how old it was to begin with.  I vowed, however, that once it died, I would not replace it.  From then on, drying clothes - towels included - was done on the laundry line, weather permitting, or on the drying rack.  This brought the state of my bath towels to...sandpapery-ness.  I did all the suggested things - white vinegar in the rinse water, snapping them pre-and après drying.  They were still crispy.  I don't have many overnight guests but the ones I've had have issued deep, long-suffering sighs upon seeing their clean-but-crispy bath towels attractively arranged in the guest room.  I've saved more water that way....snort.

What to do?  Turkish towels! 


I heard about them through a blog post I stumbled upon and decided to give one a try.  Once I got over the tassel-thing (I am not a fan of tassels), plus the fact that they don't instantly blot up moisture, I decided they were the towels for me.  They are cotton, dry quickly, tend away from crunchiness, and come in a vast array of jazzy patterns (although the one I purchased was decidedly not jazzy).  No more crunchy towels.  Of course, they are a little on the Spartan side, but what do you expect from someone who's best childhood memory was cannonballing her nekkid little butt off a big, flat rock into the icy cold waters of a Northern Ontario lake at o'dark thirty?  BGPs, people!  BGPs!

Have any of you tried Turkish towels?  Opinions?




10 comments:

  1. i love drying my towels outside and like it when they are sandpaperish! sort of like a loofah towel. it's all in how you view these things!

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    1. That is exactly my viewpoint! Reminds me of those Finnish saunas I took with my college roommate in the UP - heat up and roll in the snow. Very invigorating!

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  2. I've been without a dryer for 2 years. I hate dryers--you're a slave to the bell. If you don't get the stuff out--wrinkly ugliness.
    I love line drying. I don't mind the towels one bit. Hubby , on the other hand........well, let's just say he's NOT pleased, but he humors me. He's a keeper!

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  3. Ix-nay on line-dried towels for me. Sheets, absolutely! Can't you give up something else instead, i.e. electric can opener, microwave oven, dehumidifier (those hanging Damp-Rid gizmos work amazingly well!), crock pot, curling iron, etc? Do you really like the faux-loofah feeling? I don't think I could convince myself.

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  4. Well they sound lovely and no I have not. "cold waters of a Northern Ontario lake at o'dark thirty" grabbed my attention :) HUGS B

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  5. The Turkish towels sound great. You could always cut off the tassels? (I'm not a fan either).

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  6. I wouldn't know a Turkish towel if it came up and bit me. (Yes, I've probably lived in the woods too long.) And I'll just admit to this . . . even though I love, love, love hanging clothes out on a line (oh, the wonderful smells they emit when brought inside), each week I dry my load of towels in my gas fueled dryer. Just don't like drying off with a sheet of limp sandpaper. (I realize you now think much less of me. Sigh.) ;o}

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  7. I love my rough towels. I could not go for slow blotting-I need that moisture off before it freezes on my bare bod. My bathroom is an ice box in the winter.

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  8. Turkish towels. Aren't they just normal bath towels but made with cotton from turkey? What makes them different? And my dryer is a must-have. and microwave, dish washer.... Take care!

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  9. I use a dryer and bought some Ikea bath "sheets" that are sort of dimpled, soft and don't shed a lot. No fade in one year! They're a little stiff if they dry naturally but not "crunchy" Here's a link- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00295403/

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