Dirty tea towels: do not put them in the washing machine! Use the microwave instead


Tea  towels  are essential in our kitchen, but it is important to  always keep them clean  to  prevent them from accumulating germs and bad odors. There are several  alternatives to wash and disinfect them as best as possible,  in this article we will reveal some quick and simple ones.

One of the most common mistakes is using the same cloth for multiple things and keeping it for too long. It is essential to use a cloth for each task,  to avoid transmitting bacteria and microbes and getting dirty instead of cleaning, in particular, to dry the dishes or clean the work surface. If you don’t use the washing machine often and your tea towels are piling up day by day, take note of  this tip which will allow you to wash them, disinfect them and make them like new using the microwave.   

An easy way to disinfect and wash your kitchen towels: the microwave

The first thing to do before using the microwave is to  wet your dishcloths with soap and water;  If they are very dirty , you can use lemon juice and vinegar instead. Once this is done,  put the cloths in a plastic bag  (without closing it) suitable for the microwave. Run the microwave on high for about ninety seconds. The high temperature and time spent in the microwave helps eliminate  all bacteria and bad odors  from your kitchen towels. Take them out using tongs  so as not to burn yourself and  let them cool for a few minutes. 

Then  put them in a container with cold water  to remove soap residue; if you see any stains remaining, scrub again with soapy water and vinegar or lemon juice. Finally,  rinse them with cold water and hang them to dry  as usual, they will look like new again.

Another tip for washing and disinfecting your tea towels: put them in the dishwasher!

But it is not the only device for washing and disinfecting your tea towels. Although it may seem strange to you,  a good way to wash and sanitize your kitchen towels is to put them in the dishwasher . The latter is another device that reaches high temperatures and will  therefore eliminate bacteria, mold and dirt. If you’re using the dishwasher method,  add a few dirty rags  to the machine already filled with dishes. The only thing you need to be careful about  is positioning them correctly so that they don’t get stuck  in the filter.