Problem #1: They smell musty.
No one likes a stinky towel, especially after you've just taken a nice hot shower. 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 again with your regular laundry detergent. And always make sure you hang your towels so they can dry fully, post-use.
Problem #2: They don't dry well.
Believe it or not, this is a problem with newer towels. 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.
Problem #3: They're shedding lint on the bathroom and you.
Again, the solution is to wash them. Laundering a few times should remove those loose fibers.
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