How to Fold Hand Towels

laundry room with hand towels folded


How To Fold Hand Towels


With spring only days away, we all have spring cleaning and organizing on our minds.

Today I thought I’d talk about such a small detail in our homes, and yet it can be so helpful to nail these little tasks down.

Talking about how to fold hand towels!

Keeping your home neat and organized means that you’ll always be able to find everything you need quickly and easily.

While it can be a huge pain to take steps to keep everything organized, there are a few quick and easy ways that you can make your home look as organized and put together as possible.

One of those strategies is storing things neatly.

Keeping your towels and other linens neatly folded and organized means that both you and any guests will be able to find everything needed without causing an avalanche of items to fall out of your linen closet or cabinet.

So how should you fold your towels properly?

These are some tips for how to store hand towels, bath towels, or any other type of towel you might own, and some step by step instructions for how to fold your towels perfectly every time.

How To Fold Hand Towels



Tip 1: Wash your towels first.

Before anything else, you’ll want to make sure that your towels are clean.

Make sure you wash your towels according to color.

White towels should be washed in hot water with detergent and non-chlorine bleach.

Colored towels should be washed in warm water with detergent.

If you’ve noticed a musty smell around your towels, you can wash them with baking soda first and then wash them in detergent.

I’ve got a few more thoughts on unpleasant musty smells in your washing machine which you can read about here.


folded handtowels in laundry room



Tip 2: Make sure your towels are completely dry.

That musty smell we mentioned above can happen if you fold and store your towels without making sure that they are completely dry.

Make sure that you check that your towels have dried all the way to their centers before you fold them.


folded hand towels with other towels on made bed



Tip 3: Choose a folding technique.

There are a couple of different ways that you can fold your towels properly.

While the cute little designs that cruise ships make with their towels are fun, they are not completely practical for day to day life!

You’ll want to choose one folding technique and be consistent. This is actually the key here.

This way you’ll be able to perfect your folding technique and you’ll be able to store all of your towels together without them looking inconsistent.


How To Fold Hand Towels


How to Fold a Towel

Whether you’re folding a bath towel or a hand towel, you’ll want the end result to be neat and symmetrical.

Rolled towels can be convenient for larger towels but they tend to be more difficult to keep neat long term.

A simple but effective way to fold your towels is to use the following steps:


Step One:

Lay the towel down on a flat surface. You’ll want to have the tag facing up.


How To Fold Hand Towels


Step Two:

Fold the left corner towel about two-thirds of the way across the short side.

Repeat with the bottom so the towel is folded from top to bottom.

Step 3:

Fold the other side of the towel over the first third of the towel, again, length-wise.

Your towel should now be long and skinny.

Step 4:

Fold the towel in half from bottom to top.

Step 5:

Now you’ll want to fold the towel in half from bottom to top again.

Note: if your towel is smaller, it might be easier to fold your towel in thirds for steps 4 and 5 rather than quarters.


And there you have it!


folded hand towels in blue and white bathroom


You should now have a perfectly folded towel that can be stacked neatly.

This technique can be used for towels of all sizes, and no matter how you store them, it’ll be easy to pull one from the pile.

If you’re at all curious about which towels we prefer here, be sure to check out this post for some great towel picks and prices.

Hope you found these tips and ideas helpful.

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