Modeled after the thin woven cotton sacks that were used to pack grains and flour before being reused as towels, flour sack towels can be used just about anywhere around your home for polishing silverware and glasses, dusting and even cleaning windows.
Commonly referred to as flour sack dish towels, they are mostly used to dry dishes. What makes them so special compared to other commonly used household towels? Well, there are a number of differences. Flour sack dish towels are:
Significantly larger and longer than your standard kitchen towel, they range anywhere from 20 x 30 inches to 36 x 36 inches. Having more fabric to work with makes cleaning and drying tasks easier.
When you wipe a counter or window with a standard towel, it typically leaves lint behind, but not so when using flour sack kitchen towels. That means no pieces of fuzz on plates, cups, furniture or windows.
Drying dishes with kitchen flour sack towels is faster because the thin yarn and looser weave make them extra absorbent. Their absorbency makes them ideal for drying wet hands quickly, air drying delicate salad greens and preserving the freshness of herbs and vegetables, replacing paper towels.
The fine weave also allows the towel to act as a pseudo cheesecloth or strainer; broths and sauces can be strained through flour sack towels to clarify them.
The more these towels are used and washed, the softer they become. After a few years of use, you and your guests will be astonished at how soft they are.
Charming and attractive
Their length gives them a lovely draped look on any hook, and while commonly mistaken to be plain and white, you can easily find colored flour sack towels at places like our own Mary’s Kitchen Flour Sack Towels. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with sticking with white flour towels if that’s your thing, but stains show less on colored towels and if you plan on having them around for a while, more color can’t be a bad thing.
Used for jazzing up home décor or bringing some flair to the dinner table, these towels are hard not to notice.
Don’t let the name fool you, flour sack dish towels are used for more than just drying dishes or hands while running around a busy kitchen. They are an all-purpose item.
For flour sack towels that are kitchen specific, look no further than the flour sack tea towel.