Washing new items
I just washed a new cotton/linen tea towel and it has a strange hessian-like oily smell. I haven't bought anything made of linen in ages and I've been trying to remember if new linen ever smelled like that. Is it normal, and if so is there any way I can hasten the removal of the smell?
Any other tips for washing new items in general? It seems they use more chemicals than they used to and one wash is rarely enough.