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Everyone is talking about replacing paper towels and such with cloth- I think its a great idea. I have a question though. I use dish cloths to do dishes and wipe down counters etc. I use one all day, then throw it in the wash and start with a clean one the next day. They get thrown in

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  1. #1
    shellbeau813
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    Everyone is talking about replacing paper towels and such with cloth-

    I think its a great idea. I have a question though. I use dish cloths

    to do dishes and wipe down counters etc. I use one all day, then

    throw it in the wash and start with a clean one the next day. They

    get thrown in with my regular wash. But they come out smelling musty

    and stinky. Should I do a special load of them and bleach them up

    instead? What do you all do?

    Michelle








  2. #2
    Suzi McMullen
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    I am a little bit like monk. I HATE germs. I keep a one gallon pitcher on the counter and throw wash cloths in there with bleach water. I use as many as 15-20 per day in just my normal cleaning and when we are out of wet ones I use many more on hands and faces. I don't always wash them every day though. Because they sit in bleach all day long which kills germs, most every day when my sink is free of dishes I fill it up with hot water and wash and rinse them all by hand. Then I throw them back into the pitcher with clean bleach water and I re-use them right from there. Whenever I do a load of white clothes or light colored clothes I throw them in before the other clothes and fill the maching part way so I don't accidentally bleach something with a little color on it. All my dish cloths are white even if they once had color. I like using white because when I do the floors on my hands and knees or wash walls etc., I can see the dirt and know if I'm getting something clean or not.

    Suzi
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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: shellbeau813
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Friday, August 01, 2008 7:37 AM
    Subject: Budget101.com : cloth napkins and wipes





    Everyone is talking about replacing paper towels and such with cloth-
    I think its a great idea. I have a question though. I use dish cloths
    to do dishes and wipe down counters etc. I use one all day, then
    throw it in the wash and start with a clean one the next day. They
    get thrown in with my regular wash. But they come out smelling musty
    and stinky. Should I do a special load of them and bleach them up
    instead? What do you all do?
    Michelle





  3. #3
    Christena Leverton
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    I go through six or seven a day.I use at least one clean one per meal;Idip it in the soapy water and use it to wipe down the table and counters etc. Plus if I need to dry dishes by hand (if there are too many to drip dry) then I use aseparate clean towel for that. Plusif something spills on the floor, I use a different one for that.When I'm done cleaning I takeeach one to the laundryroom, lay it flat on the washer or hang it over the sink to dry, then I wash them with my next load of laundry, regardless of whether it's a load ot towels, sheets or clothes. I don't have a problem with them getting musty...but then again I live in the desert.

    Christena

    On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 5:37 AM, shellbeau813 <shellbeau813@yahoo.com> wrote:








    Everyone is talking about replacing paper towels and such with cloth-
    I think its a great idea. I have a question though. I use dish cloths
    to do dishes and wipe down counters etc. I use one all day, then
    throw it in the wash and start with a clean one the next day. They

    get thrown in with my regular wash. But they come out smelling musty
    and stinky. Should I do a special load of them and bleach them up
    instead? What do you all do?
    Michelle


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  4. #4
    mem68
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    Put the dish clothes into a bucket w/ borax or soda and let soak. This is

    what I do for my dingy wash clothes and it works.

    ----- Original Message -----

    From: "shellbeau813" <shellbeau813@yahoo.com>

    To: <Budget101_@yahoogroups.com>

    Sent: Friday, August 01, 2008 5:37 AM

    Subject: Budget101.com : cloth napkins and wipes





    > Everyone is talking about replacing paper towels and such with cloth-

    > I think its a great idea. I have a question though. I use dish cloths









  5. #5
    Wendy
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    Wow,I like that idea, Suzi! I'm going to do that with mine; they're all dingy even when their "clean"!


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    From: Suzi McMullen
    Date: 8/1/2008 9:19:50 AM
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : cloth napkins and wipes





    I am a little bit like monk. I HATE germs. I keep a one gallon pitcher on the counter and throw wash cloths in there with bleach water. I use as many as 15-20 per day in just my normal cleaning and when we are out of wet ones I use many more on hands and faces. I don't always wash them every day though. Because they sit in bleach all day long which kills germs, most every day when my sink is free of dishes I fill it up with hot water and wash and rinse them all by hand. Then I throw them back into the pitcher with clean bleach water and I re-use them right from there. Whenever I do a load of white clothes or light colored clothes I throw them in before the other clothes and fill the maching part way so I don't accidentally bleach something with a little color on it. All my dish cloths are white even if they once had color. I like using white because when I do the floors on my hands and knees or wash walls etc., I can see the dirt and know if I'm getting something clean or not.

    Suzi

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: shellbeau813
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Friday, August 01, 2008 7:37 AM
    Subject: Budget101.com : cloth napkins and wipes





    Everyone is talking about replacing paper towels and such with cloth-
    I think its a great idea. I have a question though. I use dish cloths
    to do dishes and wipe down counters etc. I use one all day, then
    throw it in the wash and start with a clean one the next day. They
    get thrown in with my regular wash. But they come out smelling musty
    and stinky. Should I do a special load of them and bleach them up
    instead? What do you all do?
    Michelle












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  6. #6
    J Diane Northcutt
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    (LOL) Everytime someone in our family does something odd, we ask them "How Monk are you?"
    [quote]
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Suzi McMullen
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Friday, August 01, 2008 9:46 AM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : cloth napkins and wipes






    I am a little bit like monk. I HATE germs. I keep a one gallon pitcher on the counter and throw wash cloths in there with bleach water. I use as many as 15-20 per day in just my normal cleaning and when we are out of wet ones I use many more on hands and faces. I don't always wash them every day though. Because they sit in bleach all day long which kills germs, most every day when my sink is free of dishes I fill it up with hot water and wash and rinse them all by hand. Then I throw them back into the pitcher with clean bleach water and I re-use them right from there. Whenever I do a load of white clothes or light colored clothes I throw them in before the other clothes and fill the maching part way so I don't accidentally bleach something with a little color on it. All my dish cloths are white even if they once had color. I like using white because when I do the floors on my hands and knees or wash walls etc., I can see the dirt and know if I'm getting something clean or not.

    Suzi
    [quote]
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: shellbeau813
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Friday, August 01, 2008 7:37 AM
    Subject: Budget101.com : cloth napkins and wipes





    Everyone is talking about replacing paper towels and such with cloth-
    I think its a great idea. I have a question though. I use dish cloths
    to do dishes and wipe down counters etc. I use one all day, then
    throw it in the wash and start with a clean one the next day. They
    get thrown in with my regular wash. But they come out smelling musty
    and stinky. Should I do a special load of them and bleach them up
    instead? What do you all do?
    Michelle








  7. #7
    L
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    Try making sure that this is dry before throw it in the
    wash. I hand my dishtowels over the shower rack once dirty and let them dry
    completely before putting the in the hamper. It helps. Lisa



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  8. #8
    copacobana5424
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    Just wondering what any of you find most absorbent for rags? Cotton

    T's??? I am wanting to use more rags but don't find them very

    absorbent. Thanks. Lisa








  9. #9
    pinkbarbiedollkitten
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    i use wash cloths here, for every thing even napkins. i just wash them

    when they are used. and to get more wash clothes when my towels get

    worn spots in them (holes). i cut them up and bingo more hand towel

    and wash cloths. i buy towels at resale shops and people give me wash

    cloths for gifts lol because they know i use a lot of them but i dont

    buy them.



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "copacobana5424" <lcove2000@...>

    wrote:

    >

    > Just wondering what any of you find most absorbent for rags? Cotton

    > T's??? I am wanting to use more rags but don't find them very

    > absorbent. Thanks. Lisa

    >










  10. #10
    Ann Garner
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    At 10:25 PM 8/3/2008, you wrote:

    >Just wondering what any of you find most absorbent for rags? Cotton

    >T's??? I am wanting to use more rags but don't find them very

    >absorbent. Thanks. Lisa

    For cloth napkins, I try to stay with all cotton fabric. For

    cleaning rags, I usually use old towels. Once the old towels are

    showing their age, I usually cut them down using my serger, which

    does a nice finished edge at the same time. I also use my odd bits

    of thread to finish them. On using t-shirts, all cotton is great,

    and usually 80% cotton or greater is just as good. The problem I

    have with using old shirts that are not 100% cotton is that when the

    shirts get old, the cotton starts wearing out and the percentage of

    synthetic is higher.

    The next time the t-shirt factory has it's sidewalk sale, I may have

    to go and buy some of the seconds shirts just to use as cleaning

    rags. I've seen 4XL shirts in the box, and the last time I was there

    shirts were 50 cents each. I should be able to cut a number of

    cleaning rags from a 4XL shirt.

    Ann in Arkansas










  11. #11
    Marlene Plemel
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    I also go to Goodwill and purchase cotton clothing from the $1.19 bins, we are

    also lucky enough to have a Goodwill outlet. There you buy clothing and just

    about everything by the lb. It really helps. You might check to see if they have

    a Godowill Outlet Store in your area.



    Marlene



    --- On Mon, 8/4/08, Ann Garner wrote:

    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Re: cloth napkins and wipe

    >Just wondering what any of you find most absorbent for rags? Cotton

    >T's??? I am wanting to use more rags but don't find them very

    >absorbent. Thanks. Lisa






  12. #12
    mem68
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    I buy good sheets from Goodwill (Martha Stewart, Ralph Lauren) to make

    napkins, tablecloth,scarfs, chairback covers, pillow cases,sacks for toys to

    store and rotate,carseat covers,etc. They are cheap,nice to mk other things

    .

    ----- Original Message -----

    From: "Marlene Plemel" <frddiva@yahoo.com>

    To: <Budget101_@yahoogroups.com>

    Sent: Monday, August 04, 2008 4:17 PM

    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Re: cloth napkins and wipes





    > I also go to Goodwill and purchase cotton clothing from the $1.19 bins, we

    are also lucky enough to have a Goodwill outlet. There you buy clothing and

    just about everything by the lb. It really helps. You might check to see if

    they have a








  13. #13
    dawnhodous
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    Do you put a binding of some sort on then once you cut them up? Do they

    fray or stay pretty much the same. I woul dlove to try this as our

    Goodwill has a sale every Month(FIrst Saturday) and it is 50% off the

    whwhole store.



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Marlene Plemel <frddiva@...> wrote:

    >

    > I also go to Goodwill and purchase cotton clothing from the $1.19

    bins, we are also lucky enough to have a Goodwill outlet. There you buy

    clothing and just about everything by the lb. It really helps. You

    might check to see if they have a Godowill Outlet Store in your area.

    >

    > Marlene

    >

    > --- On Mon, 8/4/08, Ann Garner wrote:

    > Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Re: cloth napkins and wipe

    > >Just wondering what any of you find most absorbent for rags? Cotton

    > >T's??? I am wanting to use more rags but don't find them very

    > >absorbent. Thanks. Lisa

    >










  14. #14
    mem68
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    I use the sheets from Goodwill to mk napkins 14" x 14"-I cut about 2" down

    on the sheet edge every 14" and then tear. I hem on each side all the

    way -the length of the sheet before going back to cut every 14" and hem

    these sides.

    ----- Original Message -----

    From: "dawnhodous" <dawnhodous@yahoo.com>

    To: <Budget101_@yahoogroups.com>

    Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 10:15 PM

    Subject: Budget101.com : Re: cloth napkins and wipes





    > Do you put a binding of some sort on then once you cut them up? Do they

    > fray or stay pretty much the same. I woul dlove to try this as our








 

 

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