About 20 years ago I bought my first set of "cooking towels". They've held up really very well - through lots of hot water, bleach, cooking and love. A couple of months ago I decided it was time to freshen things up and get some new cooking towels and went on the hunt and discovered "bar mops". Perfect. However, replacing the old ones would not be an easy find - after literally months of Amazoning , Utopia "Kitchen Bar Mop Towels" finally says, "here I am". Everything's perfect - the only thing that's missing is a blue strip. That's okay, I can live without that. I am one happy camper. These towels are just perfect. Handy size, super absorbent, and they are so soft and fluffy. I washed them in the hottest water I could with good old Tide powder [no softener] and chlorine bleach, tumbled dry on normal - there was very minimal, if no shrinkage (hooray!). They came out of the dryer so fluffy and soft - and remember, I said no fabric softener and I used plain old Tide powder, no fancy-dancy this or that with perfumes and poofy poopola that they add to so many laundry soap these days. [Can you tell I'm thrilled here?] I have purchased quite few other Utopia products on Amazon (sheets, pillow, pillow cases and such,) so I really shouldn't be surprised] I just wish I had thought to go to them first!!! When the towels first arrive don't be fooled, they appear a bit flat - don't worry, they'll fluff up fine if you follow the directions, no fabric softener. There was no offensive odor and I have an extremely keen sense of smell. There are quite a few dangling threads, these are ends from the sewing process and an occasional pulled thread, I suggest you go through and clip them all off before you launder the towels. All-in-all, these are a bit more expensive than some of the bar mop towels out there but if you want fluffy, soft, absorbent terry cloth these are your bet. I have purchased several different bar mop towels that were less expensive, but returned them because they just didn't fit the bill. These towels did, I'll be keeping these and possibly buying a 2nd set. Thanks Utopia.