How To Keep Your Dish Cloth Stink & Stain Free and I am not referring to washing it constantly. There is an easy and quick fix for this simple kitchen problem.
Do you like to buy dish cloths and dish towels to match your kitchen colors and theme? Yeah, me too so I want them to stay clean and looking nice as long as possible!
The kitchen has long been a gathering place and as such one of the key rooms in the home we all want to be clean and smelling fresh when we have guest coming. Cooking and cleaning go hand in hand. Just as a spatula is important to cooking good kitchen dish cloths and towels are essential to keeping a clean kitchen.
After a recent family gathering there were lots of dirty dishes to clean up afterwards. We piled the pots and and pans in the sink and enjoyed coffee and conversation while they soaked!
It was a big mess to be sure but I had plenty of help cleaning up which is wonderful, isn’t it! I remember that time my dishwasher quit working on Christmas Eve with more than a dozen folks coming to my home! You guessed it, we had to remove all those dirty dishes from the dishwasher and wash them all by hand.
I came across these Scotch Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths a while back and love using them especially when we have lots of pots and pans to wash by hand. You can find them here on Amazon. (affiliate link)
HOW TO AVOID STAINING YOUR DISH CLOTH
Always rinse all food and food debris from pots, pans and dishes before adding them to your dish water. Why? Because you will have food stained water which will stain your dish cloth.
Let’s say you fried some bacon in a skillet. You probably made something delicious with bacon in it! BUT, don’t stick your nice clean dish cloth in that skillet until you have wiped all the debris out first. Use a paper towel. I like to squeeze a drop or two of dish detergent into the skillet followed by warm water and let it soak a few minutes. Then I rinse it well before washing it.
The point is to not have any of the meat renderings still in the skillet when you begin to wash. If you need to, use a scrubber like this non-scratch kind before you use the cloth.
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NEVER DRY YOUR DISH CLOTH ON THE SINK DIVIDER
Laying a wet dish cloth across the sink divider to dry causes mildew because it takes far too long to dry. If you don’t wish to hang your Dish cloth across the faucet while it dries, take it to the laundry room and hang it on the side of a laundry basket as shown below.
Prevent mildew and it’s smell by allowing air to circulate through the dish cloth while it’s drying. The new Scotch-Brite Scrubbing dish cloths have a fast drying time and are machine washable.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR DISH CLOTH STINK & STAIN FREE
Mildew forms quickly on anything wet. Do these things to take good care of your kitchen cloths:
- After you finish using your dish cloth, rinse it thoroughly to remove all soap suds and any debris stuck to it.
- Then hang it to dry in a manner which will allow air to circulate through it during drying time.
- Never put your dish cloth into stained dish water.
Those simple tips will help your dish cloth live a long and happy life and keep you from being embarrassed about having stained and stinky dish cloths.