I never really bought into the ShamWow craze and even now, I own them and I use them but they aren't all that they are cracked up to be. Sure, if you have a spill or something that you need to clean up the towels will work better than a paper towel of a dishrag but they have their limitations. I use these when I clean out the pet igloos that the dogs have outside as well as the smaller ones that are inside that the guinea pigs and ferrets use. They do absorb a lot of the water that is left on them so they dry faster when I put them out in the sun but they are expensive. One of the things that kills absorbency on dishrags, cleaning towels and things like the ShamWow is laundry softener. When I wash my cleaning rags and towels I never use a liquid softener or a softener sheet because that prevents them from being as absorbent as they should be. The same thing goes for the ShamWow; I have heard people complain that after washing them a couple of times they weren't as absorbent and I asked them if they were using a laundry softener. When they said they were I told them that's where they went wrong. If you have noticed that happening just eliminate using a dryer sheet or liquid softener and within a couple of washes you should see them bounce back. Likewise, if possible, hang them to dry after putting them in the dryer for about five minutes. If I see these on sale (rare but it happens) I would get them for washing the SUV or washing down aluminum siding but for smaller jobs you are going to get the same result from using a paper towel or regular cleaning rag.