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Old 03-07-2006, 03:50 AM   #1
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I didn't know where to put this, but I'm sure someone will move it if I'm wrong. One serious hint to all new cooks is kitchen towels. Stacks of them. Preferably white, nothing cute, no terrycloth. Many of mine actually came from the automotive department of Wal-Mart or Target. But it is wonderful to have a stack of them ready to go. If you just finished meatballs, you wipe your hands and toss. If you spill some red wine while struggling to get that darned cork out, you wipe it up and toss. If your glasses get splattered with grease, you clean them and toss. Then once a week I soak them, wash them, and start all over again. It is less than one load of laundry (certain other cotton items that need that extra something go in with them), and it sure beats those cutesy ones. Having a clean cloth at my fingertips when I need it is a necessity, and something you don't hear much about.


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Old 03-07-2006, 06:08 AM   #2
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I certainly go along with having plenty of kitchen towels. I only use them one meal and then to the washer. For my really dirty cleaning of stove, sink nasty wipe ups, etc, I keep a stash of old bath towels cut into kitchen towel size pieces, avoiding heavy stains on my white towels. I wash them all with a bit of bleach. I also use a lot of paper towels.

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Old 03-07-2006, 07:22 AM   #3
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We have a ton pf then and use them constantly. I do not like the white ones that much though as they show all the stains. I prefer the darker colored ones. I always have one on a hook under the sink for drying clean stuff, and at least one on the counter to wipe up spills and dribbles and stuff like that. after a week (or less) the one on the counter goes in the wash and the one that was used for drying replaces it. Then a fresh one goes under the counter.
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:17 PM   #4
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I always have LOTS of towels out. By the stove... by the sink..
I throw them in the wash when ever I do a load of clothes.
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:24 PM   #5
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I have a drawer full of dish towels and dish cloths in the kitchen. They get washed separately in a load with bleach to clean and disinfect.

I try to get them at outlet stores or clearance centers to save a buck or two. I look for heavy duty towels that will last for a while.
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Old 03-07-2006, 03:43 PM   #6
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flour sack towels are the best. Buy them in your grocery store (for cheap) or at Wms Sonoma (less cheap).
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Old 03-07-2006, 04:13 PM   #7
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Estate sales quite often will have stacks and stacks of towels for next to nothing. I buy them to use on everthing from my kitchen to my car, my dog, and my patio furniture.
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Old 03-07-2006, 04:13 PM   #8
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I'm with you GB on stains in the white ones. I have hunter green, tan and cranberry colored towels in my kitchen.
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Old 03-07-2006, 05:12 PM   #9
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I like flour sack towels too, Mudbug. I also like to have some terry ones for draining the big bowls, pots and pans that I handwash. I have tons of them.

I also use a lot of Bounty paper towels for drying hands and assorted clean-up jobs. We buy them in giant packages of 12 rolls at Sams. When you use the paper towels, you have a germ free towel each time. After you dry your hands with it, you can use it to wipe up the stove or counter.
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:37 PM   #10
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I like the bar towels from Bed, Bath, Beyond 'cos they're really thirsty. They soak spills and water right up; on the negative side, they're white. But since I found their cheaper cousins at Target, will continue to use.


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