Recharge towels by washing them once with hot water and 1 cup vinegar, then a second time with hot water and cup baking soda. This strips the build up of detergent and fabric softener residue and leaves them fresh and able to absorb more water again.
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How to recharge your towels with just two ingredients you already have on hand!/ 1 cup baking soda to plain water in machine. Add 2 cups vinegar after machine fills up. Wash, then dry. No fabric softener.
Just throw in a cup of vinegar with hot water (don’t use any detergents or fabric softeners), then run the towels for the second time with cup baking soda and hot water (again, no detergent or fabric softener).
Over time, towels build up detergent and fabric softener, leaving them unable to absorb as much water and smelly. Recharge them by washing them once with hot water and vinegar, then a time with hot water and half cup baking soda. This strips the residue.