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Tuesday Tip | Boil your stinky kitchen washcloths

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.

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June

Thursday 10th of June 2021

How much ammonia do I use? Do I mix with water?

Kristen

Thursday 10th of June 2021

I don't use ammonia at all! I just boil the washcloths in water.

June

Thursday 10th of June 2021

How much ammonia do I use? Do I mix with water?

Tamley Vega

Saturday 12th of September 2020

Remove the food out of dishes and pans with a brush and a good rinse first, before using a dish rag. Then scrape all food off of the rag when done. I always use boiling water every meal to melt fats and residue off of them.

Bonnie

Friday 4th of September 2020

I thought I would take this boiling thing 1 step further by adding some baking soda to the pot. I put everything in at once & brought it to a boil. It boiled over & made a mess on my stove. Don’t make my mistake!!

Kristen

Friday 4th of September 2020

Thank you for the warning!

Dori

Wednesday 26th of September 2018

Just tried this tip for some old smelly dishwashing cloths last night, and it worked like a charm! Simple and frugal! Thank you again for sharing the great tip.

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