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I use white terry car-washing towels for dish rags and dish towels. You can get eight of these for $3.50 at most dollar type stores.
By tami333 from Auburn, GA
My children have grown past the baby stage and I do not plan to have more babies. I had a ton of cloth diapers and burp cloths. Some of them where very nice and had embroidery on them. I needed some more hand towels in the kitchen to dry hands and dry dishes so I thought, "Why don't I use them?" I can also reminisce about my children when they were babies while I use them in another way.
My husband goes to visit other people's homes and finds their towels to be either rag like or thin. For years, at least once a month, he buys a medium sized towel when doing grocery shopping. They are never expensive because at a large store, they are between $4 -7 each. You do not miss the money because it is part of your grocery shopping and you will always have nice towels for your family and visitors.
By buying a medium towel, there is no necessity to buy large bath or sauna towels, because a med. towel can do everything or use two for a bath or shower and when you have to do laundry these towels wash and dry with less water and less air time, saving you money in two places and keeping up appearances.
Then he recycles the old towels to the rag bin thus not using a paper towel and saving money in a third place. It is good to have some fancy towel sets for important guests and special occasion that you put aside in your cupboard.
Source: His mother and common sense to listen to her.
By Carolyn from Chilliwack, BC
I have been hanging up my washcloths and small towels by their labels in the bathroom on a nail in the wall. I wanted to do something similar in my kitchen with the kitchen towels, but I had only an old cloth napkin available with no label. I inserted a paperclip in the border and hung it up with that. Please remove before washing, as the paperclips have a tendency to rust, but a paperclip is easy to take out.
By pamphyila from L.A., CA
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What causes towels to "bunch" along the decorative stitching near the hemlines. Can this be fixed? I have many towels in good condition except for the "bunching".
By Cyndi D. from NJ
Very likely the thread or stitching at the hemline has shrunk. I'll bet you dry them in the dryer. Over-drying causes this problem, too. Try stretching them back to shape when they are wet, then let them air dry.
Ditto OliveOyl. We usually line dry, but when needed we dry our towels on PermaPress setting, taking them out when still very slightly damp. All the lint you see in the dryer's filter trap is your clothes and towels being worn out. I know that towels can be scratchy when line dried, but as they are used they soften up again. Towels usually last me about 5 years.
That's right. It could also be that the trim is poly and the towel cotton which shrinks at a different rate, while the trim doesn't shrink at all, or vice versa?
It seems to be the difference between the better quality expensive towels, although a few of those do the same occasionally.
The mfgrs. know this will happen, and often put them on great bargain/sales. Only experience will teach you what to watch for. Added trimmings are unpredictable. The industry had a glut of it since no one sews much anymore and they used to add tirm to everything, like competition.
The trims were mostly imported until the sewing machines could make the trim for you instead. Now they feel they want consumers to pay for their bad quality trims and greed for profit. It's like buying a towel that stretches out of shape, as well. Both the sellers and the mfgrs know this will happen, but don't care if they can dump them onto the unsuspecting trusting public.