Comments on: The Perfect Dishcloth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:32:18 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Melanie http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-829875 Melanie Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:02:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-829875 I always soften my washcloths and towels with vinegar. It is a natural fabric softener and works great. No waxy buildup from fabric softeners, no vinegar smell, but soft wash cloths and towels!! If you deal with static in your dryer loads during winter months, just ball up a piece up aluminum foil and place it in the dryer. The charge of the foil negates that charges in the clothes. Voila!! No static.

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By: Perry Como http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-758500 Perry Como Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:52:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-758500 A mysterious message coming from nowhere…

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By: M.E. http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-714239 M.E. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 15:55:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-714239 I ditched washcloths altogether. Washing them never really gets out all the grease. Imagine them in your wash machine. Do I want grease in my clothes or sock and perspiration water in my dishcloth? Now I buy a generic
Handi Wipe type of cloth, $.99 for 10 of them. I only use them one day, but before tossing I use it to wipe up a small portion of my kitchen floor. In a week my floor is completely wiped up. Good by mop.

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By: Carole Jones http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-458768 Carole Jones Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:13:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-458768 I don’t know if anyone has posted this or not. There are so many wonderful posts here. We owned a meat pie plant which is inspected daily by Federal Inspectors. They swab everything to make sure your cloths and surfaces are clean. We used a sponge to damped the tops of our meat pies. As we all know, sponges are known for harboring germs. At the end of each day, we simply rinsed the sponge and then put it in the microwave for two minutes. Then we set it on a wire rack to dry overnight. The sponge never got sour or germ. As I mentioned, they were evaluated daily. So, at home, I put my dish cloth in the top of the dishwasher with each batch. When the batch is done, I rinse the dish cloth again then put it in the microwave for two minutes. It will NEVER SOUR and it won’t wear out. Works for me and I have the proof that it works because of our meat pie plant experience.

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By: Kate http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-444279 Kate Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:01:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-444279 My favorite dishcloths were discovered on a trip to Biarritz, France 6 years ago – the tea towels from Jean Vier. I still have the original 2 I bought there and have ordered some others since then and had them shipped to the US. Though they are quite pricey with the exchange rate + shipping, they get used everyday and bring joy to an otherwise mundane task! They get softer and softer with each wash and have held up incredibly well (not to mention the fun color & designs). The Basque area is known for quality linen production and though I tried some others from different manufacturers, these are the best! And for Gabrielle and others lucky enough to be in France there are several Jean Vier outlet stores.
http://www.jean-vier.com/

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-443833 Raleigh-Elizabeth Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:43:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-443833 Yay Jillian! New dishcloths is such a fun thing (sorry, old dishcloths). A lot of other out-of-the-USA commenters suggested Norwex… Having never used them myself, I can’t attest to them, but they’re worth checking out!

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By: Jillian in Italy http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-443818 Jillian in Italy Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:14:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-443818 You have inspired me to replace all my dishcloths. Because I’m pretty sure a few of mine could get up and walk themselves out the door (I still own one that my Aunt Marge gave me for the 16th birthday). Seriously, my dishcloths all end up looking so grungy so quickly after buying them!

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By: Andrea sayer http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-443715 Andrea sayer Tue, 12 Mar 2013 03:08:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-443715 If you would be so kind to explain… What is a tea towel to be used for? They are so cute, but aren’t great for drying actual dishes. Insight??

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By: Amy http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-443278 Amy Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:30:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-443278 we are a paper towel free house, and now I am weeding out the dish cloths that I hate.
we still keep paper towels around for occassional use (hello, raw chicken!) but I made about 4 rolls of paper towels last over two years. So I basically describe us as paper-towel-free

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By: JenG http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-443090 JenG Sat, 09 Mar 2013 01:50:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-443090 I think I am letting them sit too long before washing. I’ll try spraying them right after the meal. I think that should do the trick. Thanks for the hints! Jen :)

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By: Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-443080 Elizabeth Fri, 08 Mar 2013 23:14:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-443080 I haven’t used paper towels in about 20 (!) years. I do have lots of high quality dish towels, as well as a stash of rags in a kitchen drawer. Each evening I throw them all in a mesh basket I keep under the sink. If they are really wet, they go straight into the clothes washer to get washed with whatever is coming. They rarely stink under the sink, because I use them only once to twice at the max. Once a week they all get washed in the normal cycle, or sanitary cycle if something yucky has happened and then back into the drawer. This way, I have at least one virtuous thing I can feel virtuous about! Offsets my mid size SUV? Maybe not! :)

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By: Nicole http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-443047 Nicole Fri, 08 Mar 2013 20:02:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-443047 I’ve stopped washing our dishtowels, tablecloths & napkins with other laundry – too many grease stains kept appearing on our clothes. I do a separate extra hot load of “kitchen wash” every week or so and always add some baking soda to the load – it really helps.

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By: Brigitte http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-443035 Brigitte Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:52:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-443035 Also, hanging in the sun to dry can work wonders, plus the smell can’t be beat.

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-443014 Raleigh-Elizabeth Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:32:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-443014 cononundrum? apparently i can’t spell. conundrum!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-443013 Raleigh-Elizabeth Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:32:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-443013 hrrrmm. that’s a cononundrum. i use white napkins and i have NO issues with mine. (apparently my secret is all free + clear, a little stain spray, and a hot wash?) because seriously, i don’t even blink when people schmear their chipotle-covered mouths on them. i know it’s fine.

BUT. the best way to spot treat white linens is with a little blue dawn dish soap (Classic – nothing funny) and some peroxide. you can spot-treat antique linens that way, too, and we’ve scrubbed and soaked the nicer, monogrammed linen ones that way after every holiday meal and had no issues. what kind of napkins are you using? hot water washes right away? cloth napkins do need to at least get stain-sprayed after the meal, no waiting around.

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By: JenG http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-443012 JenG Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:29:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-443012 I love this post! My problem is white white cotton napkins, they are never ever white after the first use. I’ve bleached, tried oxi-spray, vinegar and they are a dingy creamy colour, with old spaghetti stains! Is it the quality? Would linen fare better? I just want to have white napkins again :)

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-442969 Raleigh-Elizabeth Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:48:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-442969 Well that’s a clear win-win. Anything that is both practical AND pretty… swoon.

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By: g http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-442968 g Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:48:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-442968 Like Margaret above (of Slow Mama), I, too, just posted about the versatility of some everyday items–tea towels among them. Another funny thing is that the picture of my temporary, makeshift apron-out-of-a-tea-towel looks to be the exact same towel that Margaret used! (Hers was pressed and adorable–mine is more of a quick and lazy approach. Mine is not a designer-ly blog–though I enjoy observing and dreaming, I leave the designing to others http://desertgreengoddess.blogspot.sg/2013/02/pioneer-ingenuity-in-modern-world.html) We just moved from Utah to Singapore and we’re taking a more pared-down/make do with what you’ve got/get creative approach to daily living. The tea towel is definitely a versatile powerhouse!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-442967 Raleigh-Elizabeth Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:46:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-442967 I’ve never even heard of Norwex until now! I feel like such an out-of-the-know American! Thanks for the great tip – I’ll clearly have to try it out!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/the-perfect-dishcloth/comment-page-1/#comment-442965 Raleigh-Elizabeth Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:44:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=32033#comment-442965 I do iron mine! But I iron everything – sheets, jeans, napkins. I’m a bit of a presser. I find it really calming. I wonder if that makes a difference. How have your ikea dishcloths fared? It would be great to know they’re fantastic!

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