Hat tip to my friend Stacy for this idea!
You know how your kitchen washcloths get a funky stink over time, even if you are a responsible washcloth user?
- I’m super faithful about using a fresh one every single morning.
- I rinse mine out and hang them over the oven handle to dry overnight.
- I never leave them in a wet lump in the sink or on the counter.
- I always make sure they are entirely dry before I put them in the laundry room.
And still, they get a bad smell after a while.
In the past, I’ve just bleached them every now and again, but I kind of hate to use bleach unless it’s super necessary.
Anyway, Stacy posted on Instagram saying you can boil your washcloths for 10 minutes to get the stink out.
I tried it, and by golly, she was right! Ten minutes in a pot, then a run through the wash, and the smell was gone.
This also works with stinky kitchen towels, as long as you have a pot that’s large enough to accommodate the towels.
It does feel a little strange to cook a pot of kitchen linens, and the smell while you’re cooking them is weird. But I feel like it’s totally worth it for a non-bleach de-stinking method!
And it’s so great to be able to un-stink kitchen linens without bleaching the color right out of them.
Give it a try! I’d love to hear how it works for you.
P.S. If you have a kitchen sponge that isn’t helped by a run through the dishwasher (my usual de-stinking method), throw it into the pot as well. Such an improvement in smell.