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Posted: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

Fabric softener lessens effectiveness of towels

Published in: Home & Garden

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Q. How do you find towels that actually absorb water? I have purchased every price range and nothing works.

Using fabric softener in the washer or dryer can inhibit absorption, so consider discontinuing its use.

The most absorbent towels are likely to be cotton, terry-cloth woven towels. The terry loops act as sponges. The more loops there are, the more surface area for absorbing water. Some cotton towels are made with finer yarns, such as Egyptian cotton, which will weave into more loops and make you feel drier. Some manufacturers also use two-ply yarn to increase thickness and absorbency.

Avoid velour towels.

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