Front loader = stiff towels?
I'm hoping that someone here has already tackled my stiff towel problem and will have some advice. I have a Bosch Nexxt 500 washer and matching dryer. I use Charlie's Soap powder, and have not been using any fabric softener. Most of my towels are white, so I am adding sodium percarbonate to most washes.
Anyway, my towels are really stiff and scratchy. I have three different brands of towels, and none of them feel good anymore. The worst, by far, are some microfiber towels I bought. My daughter has the same towels, and hers still feel soft, but she has a TL and she uses Bounce in the dryer. The other two brands of towels are both Egyptian cotton, and while they aren't as bad as the microfiber, they aren't winning any prizes for silky softness either.
Suggestions, anyone? I do wash my towels in hot water - could it be too hot? I do wonder if I have "fried" the microfiber towels, as they are sort of clumpy looking. Should I lower the spin speed of the washer? Dry on lower heat? Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.