How to Make Towels More Absorbent

“Honey, I can’t believe it; those scammers robbed us! These towels don’t do anything!”

If you’ve been in that situation before, we’re right there with you, pal. Sometimes, towels may not work as intended, but there are a couple of tricks you can try to make them absorb the water efficiently.

We say there are tricks, but they’re more like instructions provided by the manufacturer, that for some reason, most people don’t care to read.

Making Towel More Absorbent

But that’s why we’re here, right? We’ll walk you through the process to help you when the towels aren’t absorbing water.

Tips To Making Your Towels More Absorbent

When you purchase a new towel, the first recommendation most brands and people give is to wash them before use. Doing this process takes care of issues like odor, and it can make them more absorbent as well. Some towels may require double washing.

Here’s how you do it.

Step 1: Preparation

Throw the towels in the washing machine. Keep it at a low number to prevent overloading the washer. Also, don’t put other items inside during this process. Remember that mixing colors might make them bleed.

If your new towels vary in light and dark colors, separate them first to avoid they get ruined.

Step 2: Beginning the First Cycle

Initiate the rinsing cycle using hot water filling the machine’s capacity. High-temperature goes through the towels easily, removing fabric softeners the brands use to make their items more appealing in the store. Make sure each towel is below the water level.

Step 3: Adding 240mL of White Vinegar

Now you’ll add white vinegar to the hot water, 240mL should be enough. This substance, combined with the water, fights off the fabric softeners aggressively. It also removes oil residue over the fabric, making them softer too.

Step 4: Finishing First Cycle and Starting a New One

Wait for the machine to complete the cycle. When it ends, there shouldn’t be any water left, and the items probably smell like vinegar. You’re doing good!

Keep the towels inside and start another washing cycle. Again, make sure the hot water fills up the washer, just like it did before.

Step 5: Adding 120G of Baking Soda

Now, instead of vinegar, you will be adding baking soda, with a small cup of 120 g. Remember the towels smelled like vinegar? Well, the baking soda and the vinegar will create a reaction that neutralizes the smell and removes the fabric softener that remains in the towel.

When the second cycle finishes, get the towels out and hang them to dry.

It may sound tempting, but don’t put the baking soda and the vinegar together during the same cycle. If you do, you will have more troubles than a non-absorbing towel.


Even though the towels may not seem to work when you first get them, trying this method could make them as absorbent as we initially thought they were.

Keep in mind that the reason why they don’t work in the first place is that brands use fabric softeners, which reduces the absorbency, but makes the towels fluffier, appealing to a bigger audience when they’re in the store.