The ONE kitchen towel fabric to NEVER BUY & 3 you will LOVE!

Did you know that knowing the fabric content of your kitchen towel matters?   A few months ago I got a couple affordable, but cute kitchen towels that I was excited to use.  However, when I started to use them in the kitchen, they were honestly terrible.  My family would try to wipe up a spill or dry a dish and the water just smeared around.  My husband finally just told me I should throw them out.  I totally agreed.  I just didn’t get why a kitchen towel wouldn’t do kitchen work!

Since then, I’ve learned a little more about kitchen towel fabrics and that they are not all created equal.  There are generally three fabrics you will find in good kitchen towels, terry cloth, cotton and linen.   Before purchasing a towel for your kitchen. Learn a little more about the fabric so you get the kind that is right for your need.

Terry Cloth:  Terry cloth is a very absorbent cotton fabric.  It’s made of protruding loops that help to absorb water (think bath towel fabric).  It tends to be soft and plush, but with that comes the con of lint.  Terry cloth towels are great for washing dishes and wiping up spills, but definitely aren’t great for any kind of food contact because they tend to shed.  Due to the bumpy nature of terry cloth towels, they also lend themselves to be better suited to solid colors then intricate designs.  


Linen:  Linen has soft fibers that make it great for polishing delicate dishes without risking damaging or leaving lint.  Linen is durable, absorbs instantly and dries quickly.  It also has great microbial properties making it the best choice for food contact.  Many tea towels are made from linen.  With all these perks, linen tends to be consistently much pricier than other kitchen towel options. 


Cotton:  Tightly woven cotton is arguably the best affordable fabric for kitchen towels and the most common because it is absorbent, durable and leaves behind very little lint.  Cotton also is great for withstanding hundreds of wash cycles, becoming even softer, but remaining durable.  That makes it great for cleaning up spills, drying dishes and being in contact when serving or preparing food.  It’s also durable and tolerates heat well, making it great for handling warm pots and pans.  


So, what fabric were the kitchen towels I had that were terrible made from?  Polyester!  Polyester is durable and very wrinkle resistant and is highly stain resistant.  However, it isn’t absorbent or soft.  Take my suggestion and leave the polyester behind… this is one kitchen towel fabric you should never buy.  When it comes to kitchen towels, choose one of the more common, durable and absorbent quality fabrics mentioned above.  You will thank yourself! 

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1 comment

  • Hello Candace, I read your article about material for towels and I was very impressed with the style and content.
    I have needed to update my linen closet for far too long and now I feel confident that I can finally make intelligent choices and get this project finished.
    Thank you for your help.
    Best regards, Martha,❤️


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