If you hate the way that your chamois becomes as stiff as a board after drying, there is a way to fix that. Rags, gloves or anything made from chamois—you can get them soft again with olive oil.
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Tipking details the process:
To renew an old piece of chamois leather, soak it for 10 minutes in a bucket of warm water to which you've added 1 teaspoon olive oil. It is important to stir the water every few minutes.
A few drops of olive oil added to the water you are washing or rinsing chamois in will keep them soft and flexible, even after they dry.
Olive oil Chamois softener [Tipking]