How To Stop New Towels From Moulting

Updated on June 23, 2015

How to Stop Towels from Shedding Fluff

I generally like to write about new ways of looking at life, usually on topics of spirituality or belief. But sometimes it’s the everyday challenges that trip me up. Like when you buy some new bath towels and find that, no matter what you do, you can’t seem to stop them from shedding little bits of towel everywhere.

I am reliably informed that this phenomenon is called moulting. Some people feel better when they have been unwell and someone gives a label to their illness, but telling my towels they had Excessive Moulting Syndrome didn’t do anything to help the situation.

I had bought a set of new towels in a rather jolly, almost fluorescent, turquoise colour. Each time I used them I got bits of turquoise towel fluff all over me. This was especially annoying when I hadn’t shaved for a day or two, and the stubble on my face would act like velcro, trapping all the fuzz on my face.

After washing the towels several times without success, I reluctantly decided it was time to venture online in search of answers. Here's what I found out.

Cures for Towel Fluff: Shaving and Lint Brushes?

I soon found out that I was not alone. Many others before me had experienced similar problems with new towels. I trawled through several pages of Google search results and read every suggestion ranging from shaving the towels (yes, really) to buying new ones that don’t moult (yeah, thanks for that). Eventually I found someone saying that a lint brush could cure the towel's moulting. Since I already had such a brush, I thought I’d give it a go.

I dusted down the ironing board (this was the first time the ironing board had seen the light of day in the past 5 years) and set about stroking my beloved towels with the lint remover. Sure enough plenty of bits of towel stuck to the brush so I thought it was working. Afterwards I washed the towels again and when they were dry I put them through their paces. Failure. Complete abject failure. They were no better than before.

Now on the verge of throwing the darn towels into the bin I turned once more in desperation to the beloved World Wide Web. Somebody somewhere must know what to do, surely?

When new towels stick to you like cotton candy, old towels can seem very comforting.
When new towels stick to you like cotton candy, old towels can seem very comforting.

How to De-Fluff New Towels

After a lot of reading I found that two suggestions were being repeated more than the others. One was to wash the towels with a cup of white vinegar (I didn’t fancy that) and the other was to wash them with half a cup of baking soda or bicarbonate of soda. I had some of that so I thought I’d give it a go. I washed the towels on a hot wash (about 60 degrees Celsius) with the usual detergent plus half a cup of baking soda. The instructions said it was best to dissolve the baking soda in water before adding it to the machine to stop the soda from congealing inside the machine, which I duly did.

An hour later I hung the towels out to dry. Next time I used them I was astonished to find that my troubles were over. My towels were healed. Hallelujah! No more turquoise fluff on my beard!

So was it the baking soda or simply just the hot wash? Some people say the key to resolving problems is to let go of our attachment to solving them. Having pretty much given up on the towels before they went into the wash, maybe that was the real reason? I'm inclined to go with the baking soda.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • profile image

        Cindy 

        4 months ago

        Baking soda did not work for me

      • profile image

        Jerry Martz 

        7 months ago

        Time heals everything. This problem will go away itself as you keep washing these towels (or you will get used to it, so it won't be a problem anymore).

      • profile image

        gary 

        9 months ago

        I tried the above and I hate to tell you but it does not work, I washed my towels several times as advised above and I was not successful, just wasted my time and a lot of water

      • profile image

        Maheyez 

        10 months ago

        Thank you. I was about to cry over my brand new jargon steal of Turkish towels.

      • profile image

        Terri 

        11 months ago

        This is ridiculous. Should not have to do this to new towels!

      • profile image

        Michelle 

        15 months ago

        Thank you so much!! I can't wait to try this. I bought nice fluffy purple towels and after the shower look like the purple people eater!! Ughhhh!

      • The Key Maker profile imageAUTHOR

        Rob Butler 

        17 months ago from Pembrokeshire, UK

        I think it's one of those occasions when you have to laugh or you'd cry! Good luck Kay.

      • profile image

        kay 

        17 months ago

        i love how funny you made such an annoying issue.

        will definitely try this out.

        thanks

      • The Key Maker profile imageAUTHOR

        Rob Butler 

        20 months ago from Pembrokeshire, UK

        Half a cup, once only should be fine :-)

      • profile image

        Joanie 

        20 months ago

        How much baking soda do you need to use with a load of towels? Do you have to use baking soda every time you wash those certain towels that moult? Or is this a one and done deal?

      • The Key Maker profile imageAUTHOR

        Rob Butler 

        20 months ago from Pembrokeshire, UK

        Praying is always an option if all else fails :-)

      • The Key Maker profile imageAUTHOR

        Rob Butler 

        20 months ago from Pembrokeshire, UK

        Epsom Salts sound like a good idea. I'd be interested to know if it worked.

      • profile image

        Adena 

        20 months ago

        I will definitely be trying this. I have washed them 3 times and they are still moulting so I'm going to pray that this works.

      • profile image

        Bobbie 

        20 months ago

        I was told to use a hand full of Epsomsalt on its own on a first wash circle. Just put them on the line and A lot of fluff came off. Hope it worked

      • The Key Maker profile imageAUTHOR

        Rob Butler 

        2 years ago from Pembrokeshire, UK

        Hi Nigel,

        Personally I wouldn't risk washing the towels at a temperature higher than it recommends on the label in case you damage them. As you can see from the comments, vinegar has worked for some people and the bicarb definitely worked for me, so they are probably safer bets for you if you want to de-fluff your towels.

        Rob

      • profile image

        Nigel 

        2 years ago

        Anyone just tried a boil wash?

      • profile image

        Sue 

        2 years ago

        Washing new towels in white vinegar works and there is no smell of vinegar once washed and dried.Its so easy just to pour 1 cup of white vinegar into washing machine and wash as normal then dry in clothes dryer.

      • profile image

        Jeanette 

        2 years ago

        I just recently had clothes that wreaked like a locker room I could barely stand to wear my clothes without feeling sick from the smell I think it comes from the water so I googled how to get rid of the stench and it said to wash with 1/2 cup of vinegar poured into the washer along with your detergent, the first time didn't work so I repeated the process and now the smell is gone and I've since did my personal laundry and it works great. I'm allergic to the smell of vinegar but there was no smell at all of vinegar when washed and dried, I think it's a result of leaving the clothes in the washer to long when there done and not drying immediately. I'm gonna try the same procedure on these new black towels to see if they stop mounting before I donate to charity as I hate to waste money .

      • UmiNoor profile image

        UmiNoor 

        2 years ago from Malaysia

        I can imagine how funny you must look with your stubbles full of lint. Anyway, I too have the same problem with my new towels. I will try to wash them with baking soda. I don't think I like them to smell like vinegar.

      • profile image

        WM 

        2 years ago

        This did not work at all for me.

      • The Key Maker profile imageAUTHOR

        Rob Butler 

        2 years ago from Pembrokeshire, UK

        Hi, I'm not sure as I have never tried it for anything except towels. It might depend on what material the clothes are made from. If you are going to try, it might be an idea to test the theory on something that is not too precious, in case there are any side-effects.

        Good luck

        Rob

      • profile image

        hy 

        2 years ago

        Hi do these work for clothes that moult too?

      • profile image

        Monique 

        2 years ago

        Thank you thank you! I am hardly the house cleaning wiz, and I had been trying to figure out for the life of me why towel fuzz got stuck to my skin.

        Now I know why and will following this tip!

      • The Key Maker profile imageAUTHOR

        Rob Butler 

        2 years ago from Pembrokeshire, UK

        Hi Annette,

        My experience has been that washing them with baking soda just once is usually enough to stop the lint from coming off new towels altogether, but sometimes it takes another couple of washes without baking soda before they completely stop moulting. Hope that helps.

        Rob

      • profile image

        Annette Kearney 

        2 years ago

        does the baking soda work to stop lint from coming off new bath towels when washing for the first few times.

      • profile image

        Nikki 

        3 years ago

        Ok, this didn't work :( I was hopeful.

      • profile image

        Nikki 

        3 years ago

        Oh, finally a sourion - will try the baking soda. thank you.

      • profile image

        lynda 

        3 years ago

        At last I typed my problem in and the answer can up first.

        I am continually finding turquoise fluff on the floor from my towels, which means when the floor is washed all the fluff goes into the grout.

        I must look to see if I have turquoise moult on myself. Thank you.

      • profile image

        Sandra 

        4 years ago

        Thanks for the helpful comments . will try the white vinegar/ baking soda. It would be nice if the companies or distributors making these towels would have the ideal solution on their products and with our washing dilemmas.

      • profile image

        Ashleigh 

        4 years ago

        If this is true you are a genius and thank you for sharing. Towels (expensive, thick, black fluffy ones, in the full ranges of sizes) are currently in the machine. Fingers, toes and everything else crossed this will work! I will even try the vinegar!

      • profile image

        Ravenna 

        4 years ago

        Thank you! I thought I was alone

      • profile image

        Sean 

        4 years ago

        i think this has worked, so thank you!

      • profile image

        Alyssa 

        4 years ago

        If this works for me, you are a God

      • profile image

        John 

        5 years ago

        Thank you.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, dengarden.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://dengarden.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)