June 22, 2012
Cleaning rags are a part of my cleaning routine – it saves money on paper towels, is more environmentally friendly and if you use the right ones, you don’t leave lint behind when you are cleaning. But without the ‘proper’ care, they become a gross, smelly mess. So today, I’m going to do a little chit chat about the type I use, where I use them, and how I launder them.
Kitchen rags – I use these in lieu of the beloved paper towel – these are from Target – REstyle brand in the kitchen section. They are small ‘bar mop towels’. I have had the same 2 packages for a couple years. I love keeping them on the counter because they are handy and I can grab one instead of paper towels. (Want to read about my obsession and how I switched from paper to cloth?)
I use one or two a day for wiping down counters and the kitchen table, NOT for washing dishes. I hang the one I’m using that day from the faucet or under the kitchen sink on a hook until it’s dry (no musty/moldy smell) and then it goes to the laundry room to be washed with other kitchen towels (I wait until I have a week’s worth or so before washing them all). I wash kitchen towels and rags together – I don’t mix the rags up with other cleaning rags. It’s probably not necessary, but I don’t like them to be cross-contaminated (even though I am washing them). I wash them on the ‘sanitize’ cycle of my washing machine, occasionally splashing in some bleach with the laundry detergent, but you could also splash in a little white vinegar instead of the bleach.