3 Things to Know About Kitchen Towels

A great dish towel will be as effective at cleaning up messes as it is cute to look at.

Jar sitting on a kitchen towel
Find a towel as attractive as it is functional.Unsplash/Natalie Rhea Riggs

There are many tools essential to a well run kitchen—good knives, quality ingredients and a solid cutting board are a few. But the unsung hero is the kitchen towel. Here’s what to look for in this must-have.

Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths
These cloths can be used to wash dishes, dry them and soak up spills—plus, they’re dishwasher safe.Swedish Wholesale

One of the most important features to look for in a kitchen towel is its absorbency so you can use it to clean your workspace as you go. Every time you finish a part of your meal prep, such as chopping veggies on a cutting board, you can use a kitchen towel to wipe excess skin and seeds right into the garbage. Have something that needs a little more power, like flour or herbs to wipe away? The beauty of a thick towel is you can then wet it to wipe your counter clean in one swipe and avoid waste from paper towels.

Sticky Toffee Cotton Terry Kitchen Dishcloth
These 100-percent cotton towels come in a pack of eight, with 10 different color options.Sticky Toffee

Durable natural materials like cotton or linen will hold up in the wash without falling apart, and they’re also strong enough to pull double duty in food prep. You can use a towel as a cheesecloth for ingredients such as chopped up potatoes, apples or spinach where you want to squeeze out moisture. But, be sure to use unscented laundry products or else your food will pick up both the smell and the taste of scented detergents and fabric softeners.

COTTON CRAFT - 8 Pack - Euro Cafe Waffle Weave Terry Kitchen Towels
The thicker the towel, the better it is for handling hot pots and pans.COTTON CRAFT

When you’re already multi-tasking in the kitchen with your towel, one of the best alternative uses for it is as a potholder. You want a towel that when folded over is as thick as a potholder so you can easily grab cookie sheets, casserole dishes and more right out of the oven. Clean then grab with just one tool—without missing a beat.