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How to Make Towels More Absorbent

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By pixie

My Laundry Question

I have shop towels that are used to clean up flour on a regular basis. I just can't get them clean. When the towels are freshly washed and dried (no softener on towels, ever!) they will not absorb water. period. I''ve tried hot soaking, bleach. HELP!

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Top-loading washer. Regular detergent. Hot water. Cold water. Warm water. Regular dryer. This is home equipment, not something commercial, which I've also tried. We use these towels in our food production process.

Lessons Learned

  • Tried every temperature and soap combination. Would baking soda help?

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

100% cotton

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Some towels, due to the way they are woven, just aren't as absorbent as others. Often, it takes many washing to break down the fibers so they have more fiber ends to absorb water.

For your use, fill a washer with hot water and add 2 cups of white distilled vinegar. Allow the towels to soak several hours and then run through the cycle (add detergent if they are soiled when the soaking begins). Add 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar to the rinse water.

Use the vinegar in the final rinse each time you wash the towels. The bleach will not aid absorbency - use it only to remove stains.

Good luck!

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