Waxy towels? Fabric softeners are to blame. After repeated use, it starts to leave a waxy film on terry cloth, creating a slippery feel and decreasing absorbency. So skip the softener the next time you wash your towels and use baking soda instead. Just add 1/2 cup into the washing machine before you add the liners. The baking agent will neutralize the pH level of the water and help dissolve any residue. Plus, it naturally softens the fibers of the fabric. Your towels will be soft and fluffy without spending too much on fabric softeners.