…I’m back to talk about washcloths, sponges, and towels.
Your passion is fabulous.
That last comment about is it a dog nosing in the dishcloths and are they really clean — I thought of answering, “No, it’s a skunk and they’re clean I think, but don’t smell very good.”
But instead of being snarky I will say, “They are as clean as they’ll ever be.”
We’re all about doing our best but not obsessing, right?
To answer a few burning questions:
Sponge people: On further consideration I will say that I view the sponge as a vehicle for carrying suds to the scrubber. I actually don’t think the sponge is all that useful. And it is hard to keep clean. But I always have one there. Don’t try to clean up the dough with the scrubber — you’ll have to throw it away right then and there.
Dishcloth people: It’s true. How would we clean a floury sticky counter, egg, or tomato sauce if we only had a sponge? That said, the dishcloth must look clean as well as be clean.
Oh, and always put the sponge or dishcloth back clean. In other words, don’t wipe up egg and then toss the thing in the sink. Use it, and rinse it out with hot water and soap, wringing well for the next use. You knew that, right?
I like the idea of color or type coding the linens, but unfortunately they are hard enough to find that I just take what I can get. If you have a better way, go for it!
Note to self: buy more dishcloths. Note to Colleen in the comments: Thanks for the alert on Fabric.com’s sale on washcloth and dishcloth fabric! Does anyone in my area want to share an order? They have free shipping over $35! Note to dog: Keep your nose out of my linens! You’re awfully cute, though…
Tossing the sponge in the trash? You be the judge. I trust you implicitly. If you don’t have a supply, you are probably not tossing soon enough. How do I bleach it? Small bowl with warm water, add a little bleach (not the other way around! Bleach splashes!), soak sponge, wipe white Formica counters and clean out sink. I do this maybe once every two weeks, incidentally.
I’m really not clean enough for the likes of you.
Dingy towels? Hotter water. Soaking. Bleach. Oxyclean. Try better detergent (sorry, I just don’t like cheap detergent (or smelly detergent — what’s up with making it smell like grape bubblegum?), and homemade soaps might leave scum, aka grayness. By the way, do you know that Fels Naptha has bleach in it? Yup, learned that the hard way…). But you can boost your good detergent with Borax or washing soda.
Rags: I really use rags mainly to dust. I do wipe the floor with them and wash down appliances with them. But when they are washed in the hot/bleach/soak towel washing, they are good to go for whatever.
Changing these things: Really, don’t obsess. Use your senses (common and otherwise) and change them when they are no longer clean! If a clean towel gets wet and you’ve hung it to dry (I use the oven door), it’s really fine for another round of cleanup, in my opinion. Smell the things often to know for sure.
But I’m not the best housekeeper in the world.
Two things you should invest in: Some sort of rack to dry dirty things on, and a hamper or laundry bag for the kitchen area. Don’t throw dirty things on the floor at the bottom of the stairs or in the corner!
Things don’t need to be sterile, so no, I won’t be boiling my towels! Although I do like the tip from MamaHen in the comments about ironing a few rags so that they can be used in a pinch for first aid. Many is the time I’ve wanted a clean rag for a gash.
Okay, does that cover it? Tomorrow I hope to post about all the crafty things I’ve done but couldn’t show you because of gift giving. And I’m excited to be back at my quilting! It’s going to be a fun year!