We have a rotation schedule based on wear/fraying.
The "good" towels go in the full bath down stairs and after 2-3 years of constant washing start to fray around the edges.
When the fraying gets to an objectionable point, they are moved to the upstairs half-bath and new towels are purchased for the downstairs bath.
The towels from the upstairs bath are moved to the rag-bag in the garage. Terrycloth bath towels are excellent rags for everything from wiping greasy hands and parts to buffing out wax. (Not the same one, obviously...) I also place them over the ground steel tables on my table saw and bandsaw, as well as using them to cover other shop equipment. This keeps dust and moisture from condensation from building up and causing rust.
I haven't bought shop rags in years.
Posts: 9293 | Location: Downeast Maine | Registered: March 10, 2010
Just began replacing a set that was about 5 years old. It's just me so the old set of 4 wash cloth/hand towel/bath towel didn't see a ton of use but they were getting pretty beat up in the wash. New ones are from Walmart and are made in the US, which is nice to see.
Posts: 1792 | Location: New Hampshire | Registered: February 25, 2007
I have a couple of monogrammed bath towels that were my wife's before we got married 27 years ago. I use them as bath mats when she isn't around to say something about how ratty looking our bath mat is.
Posts: 20387 | Location: Young American Teen Club | Registered: January 30, 2007
Being a bachelor, I have one bath towel that I wash once a week. But if I forget it I don't sweat it. After all, I was clean when I dried myself off with it, having just stepped out of the shower, right? So it doesn't actually get dirty, just damp. When it starts to get crusty or stiff, then I'll wash it. How old it is, I forgot a long time ago.
Posts: 18921 | Location: Johnson City/Elizabethton, TN | Registered: April 28, 2012
The last set I bought was a little before my last deployment to Afghanistan in '09-'10.
Horrible bath towels, for quite some time, initially. They were perpetually exuding fuzz. Even after going through the haji laundry at a couple of out lying FOBs, they still kicked out some fuzz. However, after this long fuzz phase had passed, they became the best, most durable and functional bath towels I've ever owned.
I use them to this day.
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Posts: 6592 | Location: Georgia | Registered: February 19, 2005
I have several really high quality towels at least 9 years old (the person who bought them died 9 years ago). Still look great, do the job, and don't leave fibers on my face.
My employer moves me every couple years and my last few moves have been very long distance: Texas to Alaska, Alaska to Calgary, and Calgary to Texas. I usually save money by camping out at my new place until my stuff arrives which means buying towels. No matter the amount of money spent, the towels have all shed fibers all over my face.
As far as towels not absorbing water, Sigforum solved that for me 5+ years ago. Fabric softener was essentially making my towels waterproof, and someone posted about replacing fabric softener with vinegar. My clothes are soft, there is zero vinegar scent, and my towels actually absorb water. The bonus is that it's dirt cheap too as the cost of a gallon of vinegar is way less than a gallon of fabric softener.
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Posts: 14225 | Location: N. Houston, TX | Registered: November 14, 2005