Pick your new favorite kitchen towels with these tips

If you’re someone who likes to roll up your sleeves and begin whipping up various mouthwatering meals, having good kitchen towels is important. After all, even when you’re a neat freak, the art of food preparation still involves a bit of mess-making. Right? (Even if you clean up afterward.)

Your hands get dirty, and rather than run to the sink to wash every time you cast about, voila — there’s the kitchen towel. Having more than one at the ready helps tremendously when it’s time to dry your hands, dry the dishes, wipe up messes, and wipe down the counter.

Finding the right set for your kitchen might seem like a task you’d rather roll your eyes at, considering the fact that in today’s world, you have many options from which to choose. However, in the following article, we’ll break down those choices for you. The next time you’re out buying for your kitchen, choosing a set of kitchen towels or organic kitchen towels that’s right for you will be easy peasy!

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Choose based on purpose

A few factors will help you determine the use to which you put your new kitchen towels. Consider the following:

  • Table towels: When you’re looking to wipe up spills, a table towel made of strong fibers may be what you need. Be sure to look for those that are a bit longer than your average kitchen towel.
  • Tea towels: These are sometimes used for decoration more than anything else. Unlike table towels, which are your kitchen towel sets’ workhorses, tea towels aren’t used much. Most often, they are made of linen. If you do use them, they are best for gently cleaning glass.
  • Dish towels: Similar to table towels, these are used as their name suggests, primarily for drying dishes. You should ensure that these are made from highly-absorbent materials.
  • Hand towels: If you need something to wipe your hands on, then towels made with pure cotton are the way to go. Not only do they have antibacterial qualities, but they also absorb moisture better than most.

Types of material

As noted above, kitchen towels are not all the same. They differ both in style and in the materials used to create them.

Hemp and bamboo towels

Bamboo can be a great choice if you’re looking for a kitchen towel that’s made with a material that has antibacterial qualities (as cotton does). Hemp is also a material that’s currently trending. Many people like these two materials because they’re environmentally-friendly.

Linen towels

Linen is a natural material that’s considered high-quality and flexible. You’ll find that many brands use linen in the tea and kitchen towels they sell. Linen towels are soft and absorbent and can become softer over time and with use.

With that said, linen doesn’t perform well the first few times it’s used. You have to wash it a few times before the fabric becomes as absorbent as it ideally should be. Moreover, it’s also expensive (more so than cotton). You can find kitchen towels that are made of pure linen and those that are mixed with cotton.

Cotton towels

Many people prefer kitchen towels made from cotton above all other materials. They last for a long time, they clean easily, and they’re imminently affordable. You’ll find cotton kitchen towels for sale, which are jacquard woven, plain, or printed.

Additionally, cotton kitchen towels are often made with various patterns and your choice of colors. They’re genuinely multipurpose.

Microfiber towels

Microfiber towels are made of synthetic materials, are not antibacterial per se, and aren’t recommended for handling food. Additionally, while they do dry objects, they don’t absorb the water into their own fibers. Instead, the water gets wicked into the grooves that are built into the towel’s surface.

Towels made with microfibers might be considered the least-recommended on this list.

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It’s about preference

The truth is, there are a wide variety of kitchen towels on the market. You can find them made of various materials, with any color you want, and with a dizzying array of patterns. You can make your purchase decision on factors such as their compatibility with your kitchen’s design or color scheme, their ability to absorb messes, their size, overall purpose, and fabric type. However, as with many purchase choices, it all comes down to your personal preference. Choose and enjoy!

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