What is a Turkish Towel

How to Care for Turkish Towels

how to care for turkish towels - roomfortuesday.comBetween my bathroom reveal and this popular roundup, I’ve been getting more questions than usual in regards to turkish towels. How to take care of them? What to do before using them? How to wash / dry them? Are they actually absorbent and soft? I’m answering all of the questions and putting the myths to rest in this post! Click through for my tried and true guide to using turkish towels in your home. 

how to care for turkish towels - roomfortuesday.comObviously I love turkish towels because they add pattern, texture, and a worldly luxury to my kitchen and bath. In addition to their beautiful aesthetic, houseguests always comment on how soft and absorbent they are. Don’t be fooled by their lightweight appearance. There was no bigger skeptic than Emmett. When I replaced our regular plush towels in our Ohio bathroom with turkish towels, he was the first to question them. It only took one shower for him to convert… and that’s saying something because he’s a really picky guy.

how to care for turkish towels - roomfortuesday.comThis instagram image I posted a few years ago spawned lots of questions about soaking turkish towels, and three years later I’m finally sharing my method. Here’s how I take care of my towels to keep them in tip top, ultra soft condition.

1.)    S O A K    T H E M

Before the first use, you’ll want to soak your towels for 12 hours (or overnight) in cold water. This ensures they’ll retain maximum absorbency and softness.

how to care for turkish towels - roomfortuesday.comHow and why is this necessary? In short, it allows the cotton fibers to bloom and expand. What does that mean? Super soft towels that instantly soak up water.

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2.)    H A N G    T H E M    T O    D R Y

After your towels soak in a cool bath for 12 hours, wring them and hang them to air dry. It’s important they air dry for the first time rather than going directly into the dryer.

how to care for turkish towels - roomfortuesday.comIf you’re wondering if you’ll have to repeat this process throughout the towel’s lifetime, the answer is no. You only need to do this once- prior to their first use. So if you’re thinking these require a lot of maintenance, that’s totally not the case.

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3.)    D A I L Y    U S E

Obviously you’ll use the towels often or on the daily, and they’ll need cleaned like any other bath towel. Check out the list below for what to do and what to avoid…

How to Care for Turkish Towels on a Daily BasisDO:

  • Machine wash on cold with similar colors.
  • Tumble dry on low / medium heat for maximum softness.
  • From time to time (I do this once a month), add a cup of vinegar to the wash… it will kill bacteria, remove any soap residue, and acts as a natural fabric softener for your towels.


  • Use bleach.
  • Use fabric softener. Although it’s a bit counterintuitive, fabric softener will make your towels less absorbent. Use vinegar instead.

how to care for turkish towels - roomfortuesday.comThe more you use the towels, the softer they become- like a favorite shirt of pair of jeans. Give them time and take good care of them, and they’ll basically last forever! You can find the exact towels from my bathroom here and here. You can also shop my favorites in the slider below. If anyone has questions, shoot me a note in the comment section!