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 keep a gallon size plastic ice cream bucket from Kroger's in my laundry area. I toss my yukky kitchen spill grabbers in it and when it is full I wash them as a small load.