TRAINING YOUR TOWELS
Untreated organic cotton is not naturally absorbent. The more an untreated organic towel is used, the better it will absorb and the softer it will become until eventually, it becomes the softest, most absorbent and fastest drying towel imaginable!
In the meantime, in order to "train" a towel to absorb, soak it prior to first use for 24 hours in cold water. Then wring out and hang or line dry. If hanging or line drying is inconvenient, use the spin cycle of a washer and then the dryer. Repeat this process one or two more times as necessary. If not, be patient and recognize that the towel will become more and more absorbent with every use and subsequent wash.
Soaking is an art, not a science. It's just water, time and patience. White and colorful towels usually need 2-3 soaks and a few washes before they are absorbent. Ecru, which is the natural color of cotton and more raw than colorful or white, towels usually need 3-4 soaks and a few washes before they become absorbent. If towels seem extra stubborn, hard water may be to blame; try adding 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the soak.
Just remember not to use fabric softener or bleach as both chemicals damage cotton fibers. Regular wash and cool-medium dry are ideal.
Saturate set-in stains with vinegar, then rub the spot with a paste made from equal parts vinegar and baking soda. If the stain persists, add a couple of tablespoons each of vinegar and laundry detergent to a bucket of water and soak the garment overnight. Then, rinse and wash.
Remember, never use bleach, powdered bleach or other type of chemical as it will damage the natural fibers of the towel.