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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. 
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A Tea Towel: Some History

January 16, 2013 Posted by admin

A tea towel is a necessity in every kitchen – it is about the size of a hand towel and usually used for drying dishes, counters and wiping hands. Cotton and linen tea towels are quite different today from those in the beginning.

Tea towels as household linen have their origins in Victorian England. Linen tea towels played a role in traditional tea time ritual in English homes. But in contemporary world their use has diminished with the decline of the tea time ritual itself. Nowadays tea towels can be decorative wall hangings as well as just mundane utility cloths. (more…)