My cream colour hand towels have quite large grubby areas in the part of the towel that is used to dry hands.
My suspicion is that it is excess hand soap as my daughter (has SEN) will often use too much soap and then dry her hands without rinsing them properly. I'm loathe to pick her up on this too much as sometimes she doesn't wash her hands under the tap at all...
I always wash at 60 or 95 degrees using bio powder, no fabric softener. Today I washed them in vinegar, then bicarb of soda. They still look grubby!!
Before anyone comments - cream colour towels pre-date my daughter if anyone wonders why we have an impractical colour . Still plenty of life left in them, if only I could get them looking clean.
We have just recently started using Milton Laundry detergent and I couldn't reccommend this enough! It's great on stains, and great where little ones are concerned too as it's also hypoallergenic May well be worth a try x
Broken, I have a similar issue with my teenaged DD wreaking havoc on all of my towels. Our issue isn’t soap it’s bloody make up . I spend a fortune on cleansers and whatnot to take it off and judging by the towels, she just wipes her face directly on them . Some good tips on here, though. Blardy kids.