If you’re in any way environmentally conscious, you probably don’t use paper towels to clean your kitchen. I’m right there with you! I used to recycle old t-shirts by cutting them into cleaning towels, but have recently graduated to the finer things: kitchen towels. (Though, there are brands of paper towels that use recycled materials.)
Hopefully this list of a few favorites can help in your search to reduce your carbon footprint!
The Now Designs Ripple Towels are made from 100% Turkish Cotton. These extra large kitchen towels are extremely absorbent, and durable enough to tackle messes, big or small. Turkish cotton is softer and stronger than other kinds of cotton, so it’s comfortable and reliable.
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Now Design towels are 18 x 28 inches, making them useful for drying dishes, large spills, and protecting your countertops. The delightful towels come in many different colors, so you’re sure to find one you love.
Learn about the best dish drainer for air-drying your pots and pans.
Aunt Martha’s Flour Sack Dish Towels are another great option. They’re highly absorbent and durable. I got one about three years ago and it’s still goin’ strong! These dish towels are made using 130 premium threads, making them more suited to the rough work.
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They’re washed and pre-bleached to make them soft and ready to use straight away. Not to mention… super affordable. Aunt Martha must be doing something right!
Here are some useful tips for laundering your kitchen towels.
Keeble Outlets makes very professional dish towels at a reasonable price per dozen. They have a herringbone stitch, making them so durable you may never use all twelve.
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You might recognize these towels – they’re pretty common in most professional kitchens, and their brilliant white coloring is hard to miss (luckily, they’re machine washable and bleach safe).
Finally, the DII Soft Everyday Kitchen Basic Waffle Terry Towels are a beautifully designed towel, ideal for all kinds of jobs in the kitchen, especially drying dishes (they’re 15×26 inches, ie huge). The waffle print design is extremely absorbent due to the tiny, deep squares pressed in.
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DII towels come in varying colors for every kitchen.
Hope this article wasn’t too… dry
So remember your carbon footprint next time you tear off a paper towel… that’s a tree. But it could be a big, beautiful, reliable dish towel that looks super fancy and professional in your lovely kitchen.
Of course, you could just get a dishwasher to do the drying for you. See the best dishwasher for pots and pans. You might also like this article about which soaps are best for cleaning baby bottles.
For more advice and recommendations, why not check out this article on how to clean scorched stainless steel pots pans? There’s also this post on the best sponges for stainless steel cookware. And how to clean a cast iron tea pot.