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Topic: Crocheted Dish Towels -- Replacement for Paper Towels?  (Read 1790 times)
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« on: January 28, 2012 10:48:01 AM »

Hey All!

I've recently converted my Craftster lurking to an actual membership and I have a quick question for ya'll:
Does anyone use crocheted dish clothes as a replacement for paper towels?  I don't doubt that they make a great replacement for the cleaning/dishwashing aspects... but I eat a whole foods diet that's mostly fresh fruits and veggies and I really rock through the paper towels when I'm cooking and prepping my meals.  I'm hoping to replace paper towels almost completely (to both be green and save some green) -- would crocheted dish towels be a good replacement?  If so, is cotton the best yarn to use?

If not crochet, do you have any other suggestions?  I have some store bought dish towels I use for pots and pans, but they don't seem to dry veggies as well as paper towels.

Thanks in advance!
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2012 01:15:04 PM »

I'd like to help, but I'm having a hard time understanding. I never use paper towels during cooking/food prep unless it's to collect excess grease from some sort of frying activity. I've never bothered drying off my vegetables, because they either get cooked or chopped up for a salad that will later be drenched in dressing anyway... I'm sorry, the whole foods diet is beyond my sphere of knowledge Tongue

I can give some opinions based on my own kitchen putterings, though. For commercial dish towels, I've noticed that the most absorbent are a thick loose-woven cotton. The waffled kind tend to be useless. All of my crocheted kitchen thingies are also cotton, and work equally well for scrubbing and cleaning up spills, and I use them mostly for dish-washing and cleaning cooking/prep surfaces.

I don't remember where I heard/read this, but something in my brain is saying "linen dishtowels are superior to all else." I've never see linen at the fabric store at an affordable price, though. It may be I just never caught it on sale.

Was that helpful at all?

« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2012 10:01:13 AM »

I have only used them as dish cloths, so I can't say good they are for other uses.  I do know that you should stick to natural fibers, though.  They will dry completely and not hold onto moisture.  Acrylics can mold if simply left to dry.  Yuck!

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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2012 01:55:24 PM »

I have only used them as dish cloths, so I can't say good they are for other uses.  I do know that you should stick to natural fibers, though.  They will dry completely and not hold onto moisture.  Acrylics can mold if simply left to dry.  Yuck!

Eww, good to know!  I read somewhere that acrylics make better dish scrubbies, but I'm not going to risk the molding!

Thanks to both of you for the input!  I actually have some linen I used to make pillows, so I'll cut some for dish cloths.
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2012 07:20:21 PM »

Making dishcloths from T-shirt yarn might be a good substitute for paper towels, if you were using them to wipe down counters or the like.
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2012 10:49:16 PM »

I have some crocheted dishtowels and I can't imagine that a crocheted paper towel would work. What I have done is made "unpaper towels" by serging two pieces of flannel together. They work great for just about anything in the kitchen.
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