We all have those seasonal towels passed down from prior generations with their love and warm memories. Most are for holidays like Christmas, Hanukah, and Thanksgiving... and some for everyday use.
As you can see, over time… the “smooth” or decorative side typically looks worn first. It’s the finished side typically with embroidery and some kind of a fabric trim at the bottom that becomes warn over time... leaving it looking a bit warn and tattered.
So while folding laundry, I discovered this little trick that takes less time than reading this post!
Estimated Time to Complete
5 seconds to 2 minutes…. depending on the towel
Level of Difficulty
Decorative towel similar to that shown in the image below.
The soft, loop-free side is often smoother (to shed water), lighter, less bulky and dries quicker. This soft side also makes a perfect canvas for patterns or embellishments. After all, if both sides of a towel were loopy, it would become waterlogged and heavy.
By contrast, the backside or loopy side of the towel not only is more absorbent but typically has little to no fabric embellishment. From this side, fabrics like a light terry allow a simplified version of the original design stitching to shows through. Thus, little to no to wear and tear over time.
This hack doesn't apply to ALL decorative towels. If absorbent towels are stained or torn, repurpose them and use for cleaning. Also not recommended if embroidery has additional fabric backing that cannot be removed thoroughly.
So give decorative kitchen and bathroom towels the second life you didn't know they had. And check out my other FREE Home DIY ideas.
In the meantime, get started and get going putting the fun back into functional stylish living… for FREE and in under an hour... I mean under 2 minutes!
Having Trouble Getting Started?
I used to feel the same way too. After all, who wants to put time into a project that may not work in their specific home? That's why I created this Quick DIY Check Prep (List) for getting you started on those projects that actually enhance your home. I use this when starting any home DIY endeavor... big or small.
Knowing the "whys" of your home projects not only helps you with the "hows" but keeps you focused on the DIY endeavors that will matter for you... saving you time and money.
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