Keeping Your Tea Towels Fresh and Odor-less

February 14, 2013 Posted by admin

Tea towels are meant to be highly absorbent so they can dry dishes and kitchen counters effectively. Linen tea towels or linen kitchen towels are the most absorbent ones. The downside of the high absorbency is tea towels also tend to absorb odors from food or from being damp the long time. Using tea towels over and over exacerbates this problem. Moisture often causes tea towels to develop a sour smell. Oils from food can make your linen tea towels smell rancid. To avoid this problem one only need to change some habits around the kitchen and the way one washes these cotton or linen tea towels.

  • The first piece of advice 
is to hang those kitchen towels that are still clean but damp in a well-ventilated area immediately after use. You can re-use your tea towels a couple of times if you have used them only to dry clean dishes or your hands and the towels are relatively dry. The main thing here is that they have to become dry again quickly. Slow drying leads to an unpleasant odor. 

  • The second tip is to soak the greasy or bad-smelling cotton or linen tea towels in dish detergent and baking soda for some hours before washing. Use 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 drops of antibacterial dish soap; dissolve them in 0.5 liter of water per kitchen towel.

The third tip is to launder used tea towels in hot water and laundry detergent. Hang your linen kitchen towels (as well as those made from other natural fibers) outdoors in a direct sunlight to dry or dry them in the high heat of your dryer.

The main advice is to launder soiled tea towels as soon as possible, even if they are only a little dirty to avoid them developing a sour odor of uncleanliness.

In a warm environment, tea towels develop odor more quickly, so wash them even more frequently.


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