This can depend on the type of absorbent. Absorbent pillows, for example, are made to absorb large amounts of liquid. Absorbent pads, meanwhile, are made for managing smaller spills. Synthetic absorbents, such as those made of polypropylene, can absorb liquid up to 70 times their weight. Natural organic and inorganic absorbents, meanwhile, are able to absorb lessliquid vis-a-vis their weight.