We all have them, the old tea towels that are worn out, faded or stained, that we don't care to use anymore and that we would never put out when company is coming over.
Over the years, I've accumulated my share of them too and I've found lots of uses for the retirees. They're practical and save me money too. Unless I use them as a rag for a particularly dirty job and throw it out, I wash them again and again. Many people use them for making crafts but I'm not inclined, so I'll skip the possible crafting uses.
Besides crafting or sewing projects, what do you use your old tea towels for?
Source: Always looking at uses for things
I use a large one to cover freshly washed dishes.
I keep some in a hanging basket so they are handy to use as cleaning rags.
Some of my small appliances are on an open shelf and they are covered with a tea towel.
What wonderful ideas! So practical and thrifty, handy and sanitary, too. I don't like all that plastic in the kitchen, either. My only added comment, as a retired Home Economics Professor, would be to say, add a little bleach (1/4 to 1/3 cup), to the washing machine and wash them in hot water and detergent. The FDA (Food & Drug Admin.) did research on the germ content of fabrics washed in hot water & detergent and dried in the dryer. They were amazed at the number of germs that remained. So, that's why bleach, detergent and hot water are recommended for washing fabrics, especially any fabric that comes into contact with food.
Simple. I use them for hand towels in the kitchen.
I enjoy seeing how other people use old items. These are great uses, some of which I had not thought about. We don't like to use paper towels either, so I cut some towels in smaller sections for small jobs. I keep some upstairs and down - all within easy reach. I recently commented to hubby about how much money we had saved by using cloths (rags) instead of paper towels over a number of years. I keep a basket on the kitchen counter of small white cloths that I wash again and again. Those are for "clean" wipes and the colored or discolored towels are for the "dirty" jobs.
I cut them into smaller pieces, depending on their original size, hem them, and make napkins out of them. We never waste money on paper napkins and there is always room for them in the wash.
Buy 8-10 plastic stick-on holders for hanging dish towels. Buy the same amount of dish towels. Put stick-ons above the window where you would like the curtain. Put the dish towels on the holders.
Stick-ons stick immediately! So make sure it is where you want it before you stick it. I got these at the Dollar Tree. You can also grab one to use in an emergency situation. I buy extras to match for kitchen use. I also change the towels to a orange, red and yellow stripe for a different color look. I get lots of compliments.
I'm lovin' it! Very nice picture and kitchen. What a good idea Fran, thanks!
What a cool idea,
I am going to be sharin this one with peeps that are moving in to there first homes,
Thank you for sharing it with us
Very creative. I applaud you!
that is so neat, thanx for the pic.
That is so clever! Really attractive colors. I love it!
What a great idea! I am going to try this. Thanx for sharing.
I needed some inexpensive, but thoughtful gifts for a number of people who have been helping me with my small business this year. I was able to pick up packs of Christmas towels and matching hot pads for $5. Each pack makes two angels and you have an oven mitt left over. Makes a nice teacher gift for a lady.
Time To Make: About 10 minutes.
Level Of Difficulty: Easy enough for a grade schooler.
By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA
Editor's Note: Although these are made in Christmas patterns, these could be made with other styles of towels and hot pads for anytime of year.
RE The Editor's Note: I absolutely agree! I sent this in during the Christmas holidays, but was thinking how cute it would be for bridal showers. You could use them as prizes for games. Make them in the wedding colors, of course! You can use wash cloths and hand towels. Use the wash cloths for the arms and the wings. Cindy
I made a couple of these a few years ago for my mom and my secret sister, they still have them displayed in there kitchens and love them.
I love this idea! I always need towels and think this would be a great gift to give or receive. Can't wait for Mother's Day now that I have the idea!
what can i say that hasn't been said..........?
i love them
Another thoughtful and cheap gift is a few scratchie tickets. They are as little as $1 each and you never know your (well, your client's) luck!
Dish or kitchen towels are cute and inexpensive. Add their versatility and they become a very popular item to have around the house. The next time you spy a pack of them on the clearance rack or in the discount store, stock up and create some interesting uses for these inexpensive beauties.
Instead of tossing the worn out dish towel, I fold it in fourths making a small place mat size rectangle. I stitch the edges with my sewing machine to keep it together.
Over the years I have accumulated many terry dish towels. My uses for them: coasters, napkins, bibs, doilies, covers for arms of chairs, cleaning rags, dust rags, pot holders/trivets, place mats.