LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- You use them every day, so we understand why you want your towels to be soft, odor-free and, of course, absorbent. Here are five common towel problems and how to solve them.
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1. They Smell Musty - If your clean towels have a lingering odor, try washing them using the hottest water the towels can tolerate along with 1 to 2 cups of vinegar. Then wash them again with your regular laundry detergent.
2. They Don't Dry Well - Washing and drying towels five times or more may help increase absorbency. Laundering will remove some of the coating manufacturers put on their towels to make them feel soft in the store and some of the dye, both of which interfere with a towel's absorption.
3. They're Shedding Lint - Again, the solution is to wash them. Laundering a few times should remove those loose fibers.
4. They're Fading- If you want to keep your towels bright and colorful, put vinegar in with your detergent the first time you wash them. Then, dry them according to the manufacturer's instructions.
5. They Feel Like Sandpaper - No one wants their towel to double as a loofah. Dry your towels with a fabric softener sheet instead of using liquid fabric softener; liquid fabric softener can inhibit absorption.