How to remove fluff from new bath towels

Updated February 21, 2017

A new, fluffy bath towel can look inviting. Drying off with it, however, can be a messy experience. The loose lint from the towel gets all over you, your hair and the bathroom. It is always a good idea to wash a new towel before you use it for the first time, but you may wind up picking towel fluff out of the rest of your wardrobe. To avoid new towel fluff problems altogether, remove the fluff before the first wash.

Vacuum up excess lint from the towel with the hose-end attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Spread the towel out flat on a table and weigh down the edges with books or other heavy items to prevent the hose from soaking up the towel. Run the hose over the surface while making full contact with the mouth of the nozzle. If you don't have a vacuum with a hose attachment, a lint roller will work in a pinch, but you will have to refresh the adhesive sheet many times.

Wash the new towel alone in the washing machine in cold water with no detergent or one-quarter of the manufacturer-recommended amount if you feel the towel is dirty from the store. Select the shortest wash cycle available on your machine.

Tumble-dry the towel. Be sure to clean the lint trap before the drying cycle starts. If you are drying a few towels, empty the lint trap three-quarters of the way through the cycle.

Vacuum or lint roll the towel once more before using or folding it.


Excess fuzz on a new towel is a sign of quality. Never use fabric softener on a towel. It will reduce absorbency.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum with hose-end attachment
  • Lint roller
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
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Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.