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Saving Money on Towels

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 Tammie from Auburn, GA

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June 10, 2013

My children have grown past the baby stage and I had a ton of cloth diapers and burp cloths. Some of them were very nice and had embroidery on them.

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I needed some more hand towels in the kitchen to dry hands and dry dishes so I thought, "Why don't I use them?"

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February 23, 2012

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.

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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.

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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".

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By Cyndi Dann from NJ

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August 19, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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August 23, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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August 23, 20090 found this helpful

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?

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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.

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