how to wash new towels to make them absorbent

How to Wash New Towels to Make them Absorbent

New towels are super soft, which is great but not that effective when it comes to drying! This is because the manufacturers use a lot of fabric softener and treat the towels with a silicone finish, reducing absorbency. 

Thankfully, it’s not too difficult to make your towel more absorbent, just follow the simple steps below.

Step One: Carefully Load the Washing Machine

putting towels in washing machine

Load your washing machine with your new towels. Ensure not to overload the machine – aim for no more than a half full drum. Also remember to separate light colours from dark if needed. 


Step Two: Choose the Correct Cycle

wash new towels at 60 degrees temp

Now it’s time to wash the towels. No need for any detergent or fabric softener at the moment—just hot water. 

Set your machine to a 60-degree wash (your towels will only need to be washed at 40 degrees in future cycles) and start a rinse cycle. 

This will allow the water to remove the fabric softener that is currently preventing your towels from doing their job!


Step Three: Add White Vinegar

add white vinegar to hot wash cycle

Once your washer has filled with hot water, add 1 cup of white vinegar into the mix. This will aid the hot water in removing the fabric softener.


Step Four: Wait for the Cycle to Finish

Complete the wash cycle. Don’t take your towels out to dry once the cycle is finished – you’re not done yet!

towel wash cycle


Step Five: Repeat

Using the same settings as before, start a new wash cycle.


Step Six: Add Bicarbonate of Soda

add bicarbonate of soda in washing new towels

This time, once the towels are fully submerged in the water, add half a cup of bicarbonate of soda (as opposed to white vinegar). 

WARNING! Do not try to create a shortcut and mix vinegar and bicarbonate of soda in the same wash, there will be a chemical reaction between the two, which will create a large amount of foam and even more cleaning up for you to do! 

Now, simply wait for your washing machine cycle to finish.


Step Seven: Let Towels Dry

drying towels

Almost done! Now all that’s left is to dry your towels. Any option is fine, so choose whichever you prefer between the tumble dryer, hanging on a clothes horse, or using a clothesline outside—it’s up to you! 

Seven very simple steps towards a functioning set of towels! Enjoy!