In daily use in the kitchen, dishcloths get dirty very easily, as they are constantly exposed to stubborn stains from grease, tomatoes, wine, chocolate and other difficult-to-remove ingredients. Remember that an ordinary dish towel is a very fertile breeding ground for germs and bacteria. If you don’t disinfect it regularly, contamination is inevitable. To protect your health from these microorganisms, hygiene must be impeccable. Discover the most suitable solutions for a flawless cleaning.
How do you wash your kitchen rags?
A wet, stained or worn tea towel can cause you a lot of trouble. Unfortunately, most people neglect to clean it. However, since it is essential for wiping dishes, it is important to always take good care of it to avoid the proliferation of bacteria. Here are some tried and true tips for properly washing and sanitizing your kitchen towels.
This classic detergent, which our grandmothers particularly liked, will be very useful to clean your tea towels. If you decide to use the liquid version, put some of it in a basin of lukewarm water and let the cloths soak for at least 20 minutes. Then go to the sink and wash them in the machine with a special detergent. The stains will disappear completely! If you prefer the solid version, crush the soap into flakes and let them dissolve in hot water. Then proceed as you did with the liquid soap. Your dish towels will be clean, soft to the touch, and as a bonus, they’ll smell great!
With baking soda
This is a product that should always have a place in your pantry. Not only it is useful for your culinary preparations, but it also has a track record of stain-removing properties that make it easier to clean various surfaces and elements throughout your home. This specialist in stubborn stains will help you get rid of them in no time. As a bonus, the baking soda will brighten the fabric and neutralize the bad odors that stick to dish towels.
Here’s how: In a bowl, mix some baking soda with hot water until you get a homogeneous and creamy paste. Then rub the tea towel for a while to remove the stains. If you notice an unpleasant odor, do not hesitate to soak your tea towels in a bowl of hot water and baking soda. Let them soak for a good half hour before rinsing. Then proceed with your usual machine wash.
With white vinegar
Just like baking soda, white vinegar should never be missing from your kitchen. Thanks to its acidity, it’s great for removing stains and disinfecting the hardest to clean containers. Your dish towels are overgrown with grease stains and smell strongly of oil or fish? Don’t worry, vinegar will get rid of it quickly and effectively.
Here’s how: In a bowl, carefully mix hot water and white vinegar in equal parts. Soak the dish towels in it for at least half an hour. Then rinse them and go to the usual machine wash. Once the cycle is complete, they will be perfectly disinfected and deodorized!
Wash your rags with the pot trick
Now let’s move on to a tried-and-true method you can use from time to time to thoroughly disinfect all your dishcloths and rags. Here are the steps to follow:
- First, take a large pot and fill it with hot water. It must occupy 2/3 of its volume.
- Put it on the stove and immerse all the dirty rags in it.
- Next, pour a cup of white vinegar, some dishwashing liquid and a cup of baking soda into the pan.
- Boil for about 5-8 minutes. Remember to stir the dishcloths frequently.
- Then remove the dish towels and wring them out thoroughly.
- When they have cooled a bit in the sink, scrub them vigorously.
- Finally, put them in the drum of the washing machine and run the appropriate program.
After such treatment, your tea towels will be like new. No more traces of unsightly stains, bacteria or unpleasant odors. Here they are again, ready for use!
Good to know: If cleaning is important, it’s also a good idea to change your dish towels regularly, especially if they’re really worn out. But of course, washing them often and taking proper care of them will help them last a long time. Also, do not hesitate to replace them from time to time with paper towels: they absorb moisture very well and can be a useful alternative to rags.