Kitchen dishcloths are always made of durable fabric for one simple reason which is that they are all the time soiled and blackened. However, this does not detract from the fact that when we wash them we would like to put them in the drawer clean, the thing is not easy and in the end, either we keep dishcloths full of stains or we throw them away.
Before we get to these solutions, let’s look at a few tricks to make them white again.
If our dishcloths are really in bad shape, have stains scattered everywhere, and have a color that is anything but white, we need to treat them using our grandmothers’ tricks.
Let’s fill a pot with water and put inside it a couple of handfuls of Marseille soap flakes, when it starts to boil, we add a glass of vinegar and below we immerse the tea towels, let it boil for about twenty minutes, then turn off the heat and let it cool, at which point we rinse everything, the result will surprise us.
Another equally valid remedy always involves the use of boiling water, which we will have to put in a basin inside and then we will insert a couple of handfuls of Marseille soap, two tablespoons of dish detergent and some sodium percarbonate, for the dosage of this we follow the instructions on the package according to the amount of clothes to be bleached. Let them soak until the water has cooled, then wring out the dishcloths and put them in the washing machine without rinsing, starting a wash without detergent at medium temperature.
Once we have our dishcloths clean again, to keep them that way we make a habit of putting a tablespoon of baking soda or sodium carbonate (we will find it on the market under the name of laundry soda, absolutely not to be confused with caustic soda!!!) in the washing machine basket each time we wash.
If our dishcloths have only specific stains, it will be good to treat them as soon as possible and with the right remedy, let’s see some for the most common ones.
Oil stains, or grease stains in general, should be treated as soon as possible by immediately blotting with a sheet of paper towels, then apply baking soda or cornstarch, let it dry so that the powder absorbs the substance, then do the washing machine wash.
Dampening dishcloths: Coffee
For this type of dirt, we make a batter of water and baking soda and put it on top of the stain, leaving it until we wash the dishcloth.
Wine stains really need to be treated immediately because its pigments will otherwise become irreparably fixed in the fabric. We apply salt, when this has colored, add soda water and scrub until we see the halo disappear as well.