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22 March 2010 @ 01:37 pm
Most absorbent and non-shed dish towel  
What type of fabric makes the best absorbent and non-shed dish towel?

Right now my husband is being insanely wasteful and drying them with paper towels because he doesn't like the dish towels we already have. This drives me up the wall and leads us to spend 20-30$ on paper towels a week.
I've used a good absorbent dish towel that looked waffled and was slightly spongey in texture, but the owner did not know what it's made out of. I've had no luck trying to find a picture of it either.
Annequeenmaggie on March 22nd, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Some micro fiber clothes work spectacularly at absorbing without leaving lint behind.
If you want an all natural cloth, you'll want to look at linen, but you'll need to wash it several times to 'break it in" Old linen is the most absorbent....
¿Cachai?: Dali assensiontessibean on March 22nd, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
I like flour-sack towels, myself.

What in the world is going on with your post, though?!
e-liz-a-beth: laundrythepastperfect on March 22nd, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Ha, I looked at all these comments about dish towels, and thought, "Am I the only one who sees the weird Wikipedia search engine?!"

As far as towels go, we mostly use old calendar towels, which I believe were often made of linen. I echo queenmaggie's comment, though -- the older ones are generally the nicest to use.
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Daniellebiochemcrazy on March 22nd, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I have cotton dishtowels and I've never had lint problems. The two microfiber cloths I have don't absorb very well and they shed like crazy. I did get them for super cheap though, so perhaps better quality microfiber towels would do better.
Annequeenmaggie on March 22nd, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
depends: some microfiber towels are actually meant as dusters, and don't absorb well at all. It depends on the structure when they spun the fibers....
Jenjentwo on March 22nd, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I love flour sack towels. I got some online here:


They're pretty easy to find, I just happened to use that site because I needed to buy some in bulk for cleaning purposes, and their prices were cheaper than what I found locally.

I usually keep a flour sack towel handy just for drying dishes, and use my prettier (but less absorbent) dish towels for drying my hands after washing them.

Edited at 2010-03-22 06:48 pm (UTC)
mubmubeimmik on March 22nd, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
I like flour sack towels the best for drying dishes too!
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Annachevyanna on March 22nd, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
I use http://www.euroworeilly.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=117&osCsid=6ecd29c6f09c725040e783661e1dd600 for crystal wine glasses in my tasting room. Use no softener when laundering.
Erinscarletgestalt on March 22nd, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
plain, pre-fold cloth diapers
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on March 22nd, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
I really like the Twist bamboo kitchen cloths. They can be used as paper towels, dish cloths, or whatever, they're great at scrubbing things, they're reusable for a long time, and they're superabsorbent and don't leave fluff. (They're marketed as semi-disposable, but I keep mine for several weeks, and tehy go in the washer just fine.)
Caitlinsbcaitlin on March 22nd, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
I'm fascinated.... Do you know more about these?
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҉: Modest Mousefinefinemusic on March 22nd, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
well clearly you need the ShamWow, because in the commercials the pitch guy says "you're spending $500 a year on paper towels" and I always wondered *who* those people were. Turns out it was your husband!
iluvhistory on March 22nd, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
LOL he just read this and laughed, inside I am weeping. He's actually a huge fan of the ShamWow commercials. But yeah, seriously, I'm with you; I never knew how someone could be so wasteful of everything before I married him. I didn't even spend 20$ a MONTH on paper towels before.
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spaceprostitutespaceprostitute on March 22nd, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Apparently I'm the only person who doesn't dry their dishes with a towel and just has a dish rack where I let my dishes drip dry unless it's a pot or pan I need to use asap? When I had a sink with a divider, the dish rack when into the other side of my sink. Now that I just have one big sink, I put the dish rack on top of a clean folded towel on my counter. I guess I also think of air drying generally being more sanitary as well though that's not why I do it.

Otherwise, linen dish towels are traditional and proven to work.
the_living_end on March 22nd, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
this is what i do. frankly, i've got plenty to do. i don't need to do something that can be done on it's own.
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Kristygirlx512 on March 22nd, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
I find that towels get better with age, and skip the fabric softener, it just makes them repel moisture instead of absorb. Microfiber auto towels are also great, you might want to try those.
Baby Mama: Barney uhgreenfish on March 22nd, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
This. Don't ever use fabric softener on towels; it's the worst thing you can do to them.
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ninjolita on March 22nd, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
i echo the flour sack towel suggestions, although air drying on a rack is world's better.
Baby Mama: Are You Kidding Me?greenfish on March 22nd, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
That's freaking crazy!! I figure that I use way too many paper towels, and don't go through more than a few rolls a week. I definitely prefer paper towels to clean kitchen surfaces and appliances.

However, when I wash and dry dishes by hand, I use flour sack towels. They really do work well. If you're doing a full sink, you'll probably need a few of them to get through it, but then you can just hang them up to dry or pop them in the washer after a few uses. You should just be able to buy them at the grocery store in the kitchen tools aisle, or at any housewares-type store - Bed Bath & Beyond, Williams Sonoma, etc.
_sin_aesthetik_sin_aesthetik on March 23rd, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
Just trying to be helpful ... unless something has changed, I don't think Bed Bath & Beyond stocks these. I worked there for a while, and spent a lot of time cleaning up the towel and soft-kitchen sections, but definitely never saw anything like these.

Sad, though, because I do want to try them now!
Sarasara_k_s on March 22nd, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
$20-30 per week on paper towels??? How is that possible? The ones I buy are $1.69 for a single roll, so that would work out to 12-17 rolls per week -- about 2 rolls per day! How on earth do you use 2 rolls per day?
Caraxandara on March 22nd, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
tudorpot: mason jartudorpot on March 22nd, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
1. Dishwasher- far more energy and water efficient, also more sanitary

2. Airdry

3. Don't buy paper towels- if you need them for art things- buy the brown ones sold at Costco

I stopped buying paper towels for kitchen use a few years ago, don't miss them. I do buy them for painting - but they are the brown ones and never see the kitchen.

Dinidamedini on March 23rd, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Karyn: =( dog in the wagonkaryn_rocks on March 23rd, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
We bought two of these: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20075966
We only bought two because it was really a random purchase, but to me, they're the best dish towels I've ever used. Plus they're like, 50 cents a pop!

Kinda sucks though if you don't have an ikea near you, because you can't buy them online. I'm contemplating another trip to Tempe just to get more awesome dish towels, haha.
southernmystsouthernmyst on March 23rd, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
All these people who air dry must not do much cooking.

Anyways, thank you so much for asking this question! I have a problem finding any sort of kitchen towel that absorbs, even after multiple washes. I'd never heard of flour sack towels, shall have to see if I can find any.
iluvhistory on March 23rd, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Either that or they have way bigger kitchens than I do, all the counter space in my kitchen amounts to about the size of a crock pot plus maybe a small cup or two. My husband likes to air dry but it doesn't work when you stack dishes on top of one another so they can't get any air to try with.

It seems everyone's all over these flour sack towels, I wound up buying 10 from the kitchen supply link someone posted for 12$. That and I was making the mistake of washing my dish towels with stuff that need fabric softener.
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