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Questions About Waffle Weave Towels

How can I find out about new products?
We always announce new products via email, and on our Facebook page.  You can sign up for email , or like us on Facebook so you'll always be the first to know!

How much will the Waffle Weave Towels shrink?
Because they're 100% Cotton and woven in a flat weave that will form little "honeycombs" after washing, our towels are generously oversized to allow for shrinkage of between 12-15%.  

What's the difference between the Classic and Modern styles?
We get asked this question a lot! So we've put together a whole page dedicated to explaining the difference, click here to read more. 

How is Waffle Weave different from terry towels?
In a terry towel, the fabric is woven into loops that absorb water, and hold onto it, drawing it away from your body, and holding it in the towel. In a waffle weave towel, the fabric is woven into a very unique flat weave that will form small honeycombs after washing. These honeycombs draw the moisture away from your body, but because the weave itself is flat, the water evaporates much more quickly, and the towels dry much faster than terry.

What is real Waffle Weave?
Lots of times,  robes and towels are described as "waffle weave", but may be made of microfiber fabric, are just terry with a waffle pattern, or they're a soft, woven style of waffle weave.  They look like waffle weave, but lack the ability to shrink with washing, forming the little honeycombs that are the hallmark of real waffle weave. The honeycombs that form in real waffle weave towels are critical, because they offer vastly more surface area for water to evaporate from, which is why they dry so quickly.  Plus,  they trap little pockets of warm air next to your body.  Click here to read more. 

Is your cotton organic?
Our cotton is Natural Cotton, which is grown in Pakistan, from defoliant-free plants, and processed without dyes chemicals and only peroxide-bleach. Most mechanically-picked cotton is sprayed with defoliants just before picking to make the leaves wilt and drop for an easier harvest. True "Certified Organic" cotton must be grown in accordance with organic farming principles, and there are several stages that must be verified by a certifying authority. While our cotton is not Certified Organic, it is grown and processed using minimal chemicals. Our products are all Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified, an international certification of environmentally-responsible manufacturing processes.

What type of cotton fiber are the towels made of?
Our towels are made with long staple cotton so they don't fray as easily.

Some of my colored towels don't seem to match, why is that?
Our towels are made of 100% natural raw cotton so initially it varies in color significantly. Our dyes normally will cover the variance in color, but because we use eco-friendly processing (free of defoliants, dyes and synthetic chemicals) there may be slight color variations between towels. 

How can I make my towel as absorbent as possible?
Cotton fibers have a natural wax layer, which helps protect the cotton bolls from rain (read more from Barnhardt Cotton).  Because we minimize chemicals used in processing, occasionally there may be a bit of that wax remaining on the fibers, which make new towels less absorbent.  It's super easy to fix. Just add a cup of vinegar to your wash a couple of times.  Vinegar is also helpful for areas with hard water, which can also affect absorbency. 

Can I use a fabric softener to make my towels softer?  
I wouldn't.  Fabric softeners coat the cotton fibers, repelling water and making towels less absorbent. Most people really like the gentle exfoliation that comes with a waffle weave towel, but if you don't, just wait.  They will naturally get softer and friendlier over time as you wash and dry them.

Can you do monogramming?
We don't do monogramming but our sister site, WaffleWeave.com does.

I love my waffle weave towels! What else can I use them for?
  • Bath Towels (in either Classic Style or Modern Style) are the perfect size for yoga mats during hot yoga. Click here to read more.
  • Our Classic Hand Towel is a great hair drying towel - dry your hair naturally without heat which helps keep it healthy. 
  • Check out our Bright Ideas DIY projects by clicking here. We've put together step-by-step instructions for making various items like Hooded Towels, Tye-Dyed Blankets, etc.

Laundering Questions About Waffle Weave Towels

We've compiled several commonly asked laundering questions here for your convenience. We've also put together our list of Natural Laundry Tips

How do you recommend I wash my Waffle Weave Towels for the first time?

Waffle Weave Towels can be machine washed in warm water with 1/2 cup of vinegar to help the towels form the honeycombs and remove any waxes to help with absorbency.  For darker colored towels, help the colors "set" by adding 1 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup salt or 1/2 cup of baking soda to the first wash.  (We actually keep a big jar of baking soda with a scoop by the washing machine and add one every time we wash.  Baking Soda helps keep whites whiter, and helps colors stay bright, plus it keep clothes smelling sweet.  It's amazing.) Tumble dry on low heat, or line dry on your clothesline. You may see a bit of lint in the dryer with the first couple loads, but after that there is almost no lint at all.  We recommend not  using fabric softeners or dryer sheets which coat the towel and reduces absorbency. 

How can I get my white Waffle Weave Towels bright and white again without using harsh chemicals?
Dinginess can be caused by lots of things.  Hard water deposits, being washed with a darker item, using too much chlorine bleach (it can cause yellowing), or by minerals in your water.  Whatever the cause, dingy white towels are a bummer and take the joy out of using them.  But there are some simple, natural ways to lighten the whites and brighten them up again. Click here to read more.

Can I dry my Waffle Weave Towels on a clothesline?
Absolutely! Our towels are perfect for line drying and we love it because its eco-friendly, leaves a wonderful fresh smell to towels, and won't wear your towels out the way drying in a dryer can. Plus drying them in the sun can help to naturally whiten white towels. Click here to read more.

My towels seem stiff, how can I soften them?
Our towels do seem to get softer and nicer the more you wash them, but it can be frustrating to wait for it to soften up. So we recommend a simple, inexpensive solution: Add 1 cup of baking soda to the wash water instead of detergent, and then line dry the towels in the sun if possible. A quick tumble on a low heat afterwards should help soften the fabric further. Also, always use medium or low heat if you machine dry - high heat can cause the fibers to tighten up which makes the fabric stiffer.