● Soak new towels in several gallons of water, along with a cup of ammonia, and leave overnight. Wash the next day with a cup of distilled vinegar and a cup of detergent.
● Fully dry the towels after the first few washings to collect the excess lint. Empty the lint trap after every load.
● Never use bleach. Bleach breaks down the cotton fibers, resulting in lint.
● Avoid washing old towels with new towels.
● Avoid washing window towels, detail towels and body towels together.
● Don’t use fabric softener.
● Use hot water for the first few washings. It will help to break in the towels more quickly. If hot water is not available, bring the towels to a Laundromat or commercial laundry where they can be washed for a minimum of 8 minutes with a water temperature greater than 168 degrees.
● Use fresh water each laundry load, because reusing water will retain lint.
● Darker colors take longer to break in then lighter colors or white.
● Add 1 cup of distilled vinegar once a week. The vinegar will help to remove musty damp smells, and wax build up from the towel.
● By increasing the alkalinity of the water, you can also help to open the fibers and diminish the sizing during the break-in period.