If you have young children or teenagers who wear make-up, purchasing a bulk package of plain white washcloths can be very economical! I used to have nice, thick washcloths with pretty designs until I began to have kids. Then it seemed like whenever my kids needed to wash their faces or take a bath, they always seemed to grab the best washcloths. Even my husband seemed to gravitate towards them for the dirty job of wiping grubby little dirt (or food) stained hands and faces.
Pretty soon my nice washcloths were ugly and stained! It got even worse when my oldest (a girl) began to wear make-up, then we could add lipstick, mascara, and eye liner to the dirt, fruit punch stains, and even the occasional "boo-boo" blood and cake frosting! The final straw was when my oldest son decided to try the 'gothic-look' and added HIS black eye liner to the mix! And then they began to experiment with the hair dye...
I went to the store and bought a big 12 pack of white washcloths for the family bathroom. What remained of the nice stuff was kept in the master bathroom for me (or to be brought out for company). It didn't matter how dirty and stained they got, I could toss them in the washer with some bleach and get the stains out. When they got too grubby looking, they got sent to the rag box.
It's been 10 years since I started this habit and I am only on my 2nd pack of 12 white washcloths! Since we've added 5 grandkids to the mix, I'm sure we'll continue this practice for a few more years - as you can tell from my twin grandsons Riley and Rhaynan on their 2nd birthday! ;D
By lyonpridej from OK
I always buy those packets of washcloths at Dollar General Store. I also buy their hand and bath towels. They come in attractive colors but the biggest advantage I have found in buying inexpensive towels is they don't take forever in the dryer. This saves me time and maybe a penny or two in electricity.
I do the same, and keep a stack of them in the kitchen, they make awesome spill grabbers, as long as you rinse them out they don't get sour smelling. When they get too gross, into the rag bag!
And I love the pics of your adorable grandsons!
I used those or cheap decorative hand towels as everyday napkins when the kids were little.
Now I use a big basket of washcloths as use once hand towels. Cuts germs. Grab a washcloth dry hands drop in hamper. I wash towels every other day so I have about 24 of those cheap washcloths. No colds.
If mothers didn't learn tricks like this one early on, they'd either work themselves to death trying to keep up with everything, or they'd end up doing without a single thing left that was "nice". Those cheapie wash cloths double as dust cloths, and car washing rags (keeps men from grabbing your best dish towels). They save a lot of money when
compared to the cost of paper towels in the kitchen too.
And of course, those little white wash cloths do their most important work in the bath.
I keep the old worn-out towels for mopping up spills on the tile floors, and then into the wash they go.
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It is very unpleasant to go and wash your face with a stinky washcloth. I now purchase colorful bandannas to use in lieu of the traditional one. Even in humidity, they dry within a a few hours. Bonus, they are more pliable.
I imagine that individual family members could have their individual theme. The bandannas can be purchased for $1.00 or less.
By Chris A. from Potomac Falls, VA
Why would you re-use a wash cloth before it has been re-washed in the washing machine!!! Yuck. We have dozens and dozens of wash cloths and use it once. Then wring it out, drape it over the edge of the laundry basket so it can dry before putting it all the way in to the basket so as to avoid getting the other clothes damp and have them turn moldy.
There is a stack of fresh clean ones in the bathroom at all times. If I feel they are getting a bit worn out, I just get another bag of 10 from the dollar store for a buck.
As for the bandanas, they are great for keeping ones neck cool in summer. Just dampen, wave in the air for a moment, then lay it around your neck. It's freezing cold!. When it gets warm, just wave it in the air again. When it gets dry, just dampen it again. At the end of the day toss it in the laundry. It's sweaty and will smell.
A lot of people will reuse their wash cloth or towel two or three times, drying in between uses, before retiring it to be washed. A lot of people, especially those with disabilities will reuse them because they cannot afford "dozens and dozens" of anything, nor can they sometimes easily access a washer or dryer to wash them after one use. I don't think Chris A. from Potomac Falls, VA was posting to be critcized or be made to feel dirty - I think they were posting a legitimate, usable tip that many people might benefit from.
Oh my bad! Forgive my ignorance of not keeping multiple dozens of washcloths in my linen closet.
Actually Jron was spot on about one thing. Currently I do have a disability. I have had multiple surgeries on my left hip since January. I was viable before, working and very Mobil. For almost 7 months I have been reduced to using a walker. It is hopefully temporary for me, but I know I am not the only person living with some inconveniences.
My tip of using bandannas for wash cloths has helped me. I can wash my face with the bandanna, rinse it and it dries in no time.
I hoped that somebody else could benefit from a solution I have found helpful.
Sometimes one half just never knows how the other half lives - a fact I'm discovering more and more as time goes on.
I keep a spray bottle of white vinegar in the bathroom, so I can spritz a washcloth, rinse in hot water, and hang to dry for re-use.
Blessings for speedy health and healing.