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How to Make Flour Sack Tea Towels More Absorbent

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For generations, homes all over the globe have enjoyed using flour sack tea towels for daily household tasks. Nowadays these towels are utilized in a variety of ways, but hold a nostalgic history that will never be forgotten. 

100% organic cotton flour sacks tea towels became prominently popular during the great depression. Housewives utilized the cloth from flour sacks for a variety of things, including pillows, curtains, clothing, and towels. Flour sack tea towels are very absorbent and provide a lint-free experience. However, they must be cared for efficiently. The below article will guide you on how to make your tea towels more absorbent, enabling you to get the most out of them for years to come!

How to Wash Flour Sack Tea Towels to Increase Absorbency

Our flour sack tea towels bear a lot of benefits, but one of the most popular is the fact that they can be machine washed and dried. This allows for easy maintenance as well as allowing your tea towel to get the proper care it needs to be super absorbent. Flour sack is a naturally thirsty material, which is the reason why it is used in a variety of kitchen and cleaning tasks. In fact, some people choose to use flour sack tea towels to dry their hair, and you will even find them used often in a spa type setting!

Don’t Use Fabric Softenerpile of flour sack towels

Let's face it, no one believes that a towel can ever be as good as when it is first purchased. This simply is not true. If you care for your tea towels they will provide you with years of use. In fact, you will want to wash your towel before you use it to make it more absorbent. Follow our handy tips below:

★ Unpack your towels and free them from any tags that may be on them.

★ Unfold them and place them in the washing machine.

Do not use any fabric softener including dry sheets, as this will hinder the towels ability to absorb the liquid.

★ Machine dry and use.

Fabric softener can hinder absorbency, as it can leave behind a residue. Many people prefer to use white vinegar in the place of fabric softeners, the method of which is explained below in our ‘Baking Soda Boost’ section below.

Baking Soda Boost

Try giving your tea towels a baking soda boost! This is proven to enhance absorbency in your tea towels. This can be accomplished by filling your machine with warm water for colors and hot for whites. Add a cup of white vinegar and avoid any laundry detergent or softener. Once the rinse cycle completes, keep the tea towels in the machine. Fill it with water again and add ½ cup of baking soda. Once the final rinse is complete, dry the towels thoroughly. 

White vinegar has the ability to remove the chemical coating that is caused during the towel manufacturing phase, while the baking soda will cut any remaining residue.

In order to keep your tea towels absorbent, you will want to use the baking soda boost method. This method has been used by millions of people and has proven to be an effective method for providing absorbency for your tea towels. Decrease the amount of laundry detergent that you wash your towels in, and do not overfill your machine. Too much soap and too many items can cause the soap to leave a residue on your towels because when the fibers are clogged, this will lessen its absorbency.

Quick Steps For Baking Soda Boost

★  Use warm water for colors and hot for whites.

★  Add a cup of white vinegar (avoid laundry detergent and softener).

★  Once the rinse cycle is completed – keep towels in the machine.

★  Fill it with water again.

★  Add ½ cup of baking soda.

★ Once the final rinse is complete, dry your tea towels.

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    Kitchen Hygiene For Your Flour Sack Tea Towels

    Tea towels in the kitchen can collect and harvest a lot of bacteria. Because of this, you want to ensure that you keep your towels clean and safe when using them around food. Follow these simple steps to keep your flour sack tea towel clean and ready for kitchen use.

    ★ Always keep separate towels. You should have one towel for drying dishes and another for wiping your hands. This will cut down on any type of cross contamination.

    ★ Never introduce your towel to a surface where you prepare meat. These surfaces will have a lot of bacteria that will infect your towel.

    ★ Keep your towel away from the sink, as there are a lot of germs in your kitchen sink.

    ★ Avoid using any harsh chemical cleaning products, as you run the risk of contaminating your food or hands when drying them.

    ★ Hang your towel on a hook to keep it away from bacteria filled countertops. This will also help them dry quicker.

    ★ Ensure that you wash your towel a lot, especially when using it around food. No matter what, if the towel comes in contact with food, you need to wash it immediately.

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      Final Thoughts

      If you want to keep your towels looking pristine, then you should wash them often. There are a few different methods to help keep your tea towels absorbing efficiently. These include using the baking soda boost as we’ve taught you above. You will be able to use your towels for years to come if you properly maintain them. Flour sack tea towels can be used in the kitchen, bathroom or to complete a variety of cleaning or catering tasks.

      People have even gone as far as making clothing and pillows from our flour sack towels. Plus, these towels can be utilized in a number of gift giving options. Order your towels today, and have them shipped to your home. You can literally use these towels for anything and everything. We look forward to providing you with high-quality products that will help you get your home task completed.

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