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¡dn ʇǝƃ ʇ,uɐɔ ı puɐ uǝllɐɟ ǝʌ,ı
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Where, for the love of all that is holy, can I find a dish towel that actually absorbs water, rather than one full of plastic or artificial fabrics that merely push any water around without sucking any of it up?!!!
What possible good is a cloth whose intended use is to dry a wet plate or a wet glass, and fails to do its only function?

I repeat, AAAARRRGGGHH!!!!
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I've noticed that "dish towels" do a real shitty job. Whenever I have to dry a bunch of dishes, I get a regular hand towel you'd put in the bathroom. They work so much better than what's marketed as "dish towels."
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You know, bath towels and hand towels are getting almost as bad.
I think that "the industry" wants everything they make to be color-fast, so their products won't fade. But looking good shouldn't take precedence over working well.
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AARRR! Aye, and my dish cloths all have holes in 'em. On account o' my hook, and all! AAARRR!
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Our grocery store sells stacks of them cheap. All cotton.

They look like crap but I don't really care.

Some all-cotton towels will be treated with some sort of sizing that is chemical/ plastic. You can remove it with a good washing.
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I bought a 10-pack of terrycloth "work rags" from somewhere like Home Depot or Menards (is that too local, I wonder?) for cheap. They soak up water like dry sponges, dry nicely, and when they get all shabby, I don't feel too bad relegating them to floor scrubbing or bathtub scouring duty. They do occasionally leave fuzzies on the dishes if I don't wash them once before I use them to dry the dishes, but they're pretty spiffy otherwise.
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MABBY wrote:
You know, bath towels and hand towels are getting almost as bad.


The last batch of bath towels we bought were like this. You would just be pushing water around. It took a couple of washes before they came right.

Never had a problem with dish towels because we just leave our plates and stuff in the rack until they are dry.
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Do you use fabric softeners? Fabric softeners reduce absorbency.
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The particular towel that I attempted to use this afternoon had been washed twice a month, for over a year now, with fabric softners each time.
The AAARRRRGGGHHH has been building for some time now...
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I agree. The most absorbent and pleasant-to-use kitchen towels we have happen to be ones whose origins I'm not sure of. One of them, for example, came to me holding a loaf of fresh-baked bread that someone gave me. I never got around to returning the towel after the bread was gone. Another one was left in my house when I moved in.
The "flour sack" towels are cotton, so don't just push water, but they're not thick enough to do the job. They need to take the same amount of material, and make a thicker, smaller towel. Then it would be a good towel for kitchen use.
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We have given up. Stuff air dries on the counter. Only way to get it dry.
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MABBY wrote:
But looking good shouldn't take precedence over working well.


You clearly are not in marketing right? Looking good is the only thing that matters.... For them. which also means possibly for the company
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The towels I have that work the best are the old linen ones I have. You have to wash them in hot water & dry them a few times to get the coating off the linen, but they great.

Mostly we let things dry on a towel next to the sink now.
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I've noticed, as the resident (manual) dish-doer of my household, that the stringier a thing is, the more likely it is to absorb water. I don't mean threadbare, but you know...like terrycloth, those little loops of thread. They hold water fantastically.

Most of the towels I have that do not hold water are printed in some fashion, whether with a picture or pattern.

Things that are loosely woven work as well.

The way I figure it, the water needs some holes to go into...like the holes in a sponge. Even paper towels follow this principle, if you consider the fibers that mesh into their making.
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That has been my experience also Paul, and I'm talking as the main guy who did the dishes on when I lived with 9 other house mates. Plain and "fluffy" wool cloth is by far the best for it. Even with towels. For example, Aline and I got as a gift a pair of Disney towels (mickey, minnie). Beautiful, with an embroidered face of each on bottom. But they are two thin, and as you said with no holes. So they simply do not work.
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MABBY wrote:
Where, for the love of all that is holy, can I find a dish towel that actually absorbs water, rather than one full of plastic or artificial fabrics that merely push any water around without sucking any of it up?!!!
What possible good is a cloth whose intended use is to dry a wet plate or a wet glass, and fails to do its only function?

I repeat, AAAARRRGGGHH!!!!


Go to Canadian Tire and buy a bundle of those cloths intended to wipe your car with. They suck up water like nobody's business.
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I've got some waffle-weave ones that are the best for drying. Standard colour-and-white chequered thin cottons ones are OK after a few times through the wash.
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