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Washing kitchen towels - 10 ways to remove stains and 5 ways to bleach


Kitchen towels are essentials that should always be on hand and in plain sight. Therefore, they must be beautiful and clean. Let's find out using what methods you can wash even the oldest dirty towels to perfect condition.

10 effective and budget funds for removing spots

It is easiest to wash dirty towels at home in a washing machine, and resorting to special methods and means is enough once a month, otherwise the fabric will quickly wear out.

Completely ordinary means will help you to get rid of fat and stubborn stains, such as:

  • Salt.

Suitable for: removing stains from coffee or tomatoes on white and colored fabric.

Recipe: make a solution in the basin at the rate of 5 liters of water - 5 tbsp. spoons of salt, and then soak the utensils and leave them for 1 hour. Then we erase manually or in the machine.

Also suitable for: removing red wine stains on white and colored fabric.

Recipe: we make a very "cool" saline solution, soak it and wipe the fabric in it.

  • Laundry soap.

Suitable for: removing various stains, including fat from colored and light-colored fabrics.

Recipe: all dirty napkins need to rub abundantly with soap and close in a package for the night. After that, you need to wash and rinse the product well.

  • Laundry detergent + stain remover + vegetable oil.

Washing kitchen towels in this way almost always copes with the oldest dirt. In a large 10-liter saucepan, bring 5-7 liters of water to a boil, and then turn off the heat. After that add 2 tbsp. l washing powder (better "Automatic", as it foams less), 2 tbsp. vegetable oil, 2 tbsp. l Any stain remover or bleach and mix the solution. Then put the textiles in the pan, stir a little more and wait until the water has cooled. Then remove the towels and, without squeezing the water, put them in the washing machine. Oil will lead to the fact that all the dirt on textiles soften and easier to move away from the fabric. Cover the container and wait for the water to cool, then rinse the items thoroughly. Additionally, boil and wash towels in this case is not necessary - the oil will not remain on the fabric.

  • Ammonia + glycerin.

Suitable for: removing stains from tea and coffee.

Recipe 1: you need to soak dirty kitchen textiles in a solution of ammonia and water in a ratio of 1: 1 for 1 hour, and then wash.

Recipe 2: tea stains can be washed with a mixture of ammonia and glycerin in the ratio of 1: 4.

  • Silicate glue.

Suitable for: removing different stains, but only on white fabric.

Recipe: The solution is prepared from a bar of soap and a spoon of silicate glue. In this mixture you need to boil textiles for about half an hour.

  • Dishwashing liquid.

Suitable for: removing fatty stains on colored and white fabrics.

Recipe: dishwashing liquid is applied to grease stains and the textiles are left for a day, then the towels should be washed and rinsed.

  • Vinegar.

Suitable for: disposal of mold.

Recipe: you need to soak the product in an acetic solution of 5-9% (if necessary, dilute the 70% essence) for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.

  • Lemon acid.

Suitable for: removing stains from beets and tomatoes.

Recipe: first, under a stream of hot water, we stretch a towel with laundry soap, slightly squeeze it out, and then pour citric acid on the stains and leave it for 5 minutes. Then just rinsed.

And also suitable for: removing old stains of various origins.

Recipe: wipe with citric acid all the pollution, leave a towel for an hour, and then caress.

  • Hydrogen peroxide.

Suitable for: removing old stains of various origins.

Recipe: soak dirty places in the solution, leave for 30 minutes, and then wash in the usual way.

5 ways to bleach kitchen towels

So, with the removal of stains and washing figured out. And how to bleach kitchen towels, if they have lost their fresh look? You can return the whiteness to the grayed and yellowed kitchen towels with or without boiling.

Here are 5 effective and simple ways:

  • Whitening without boiling with mustard.

This method and disinfects and whitens. To do this, dry mustard powder is diluted in hot water to a thick slurry state, after which the mixture is applied to wet towels and kept for 6-8 hours, and then washed.

  • Whitening without boiling with potassium permanganate.

This is a very effective method that almost always works. On a basin of boiling water you need about 200 g of washing powder and a little bit of potassium permanganate (the water should be only slightly pink). Pre-washed things put in the solution, cover it with a film and wait until the water has cooled completely. And then rinse the towels well.

  • Whitening without boiling with boric acid.

This method is suitable for thick, waffle or terry towels. In a bowl of hot water, add 2 tablespoons of boric acid, then soak in the resulting solution dirty towels for 2 hours, and then wash them as usual.

  • Whitening with boiling, soda and laundry soap 72%.

With the help of soda and boiling, you can whiten the laundry and remove stains is absolutely safe for you and the most gentle to the fabric. To do this, about 50 grams. soda ash should be mixed with rubbed soap (72%), and boil textiles in this mixture for 1-1.5 hours.

  • Express laundry and whitening without boiling.

Very quickly and literally on the eyes some bleach and stain removers remove stains and gray. For example, for hand washing 1-2 towels, you can use a very effective means "Universal bleach for all types of fabric" from Amway. Usually it is added when washing in the washing machine, but it is better to wash kitchen towels with complex dirt by hand.

We offer the following express method of washing kitchen towels: pour 1 liter of boiling water into a regular wash bowl, put all the kitchen utensils in there, then pour 1 tbsp. l Amway powder and stir our solution with a spoon. The water will immediately begin to sizzle and foam. Then you can leave the napkins soaked until the water is completely cool, and after a few minutes you can add cold water and start washing it right in this solution. For washing more complex contaminants, you need to increase the time for soaking or boil towels altogether.

Tip: when washing kitchen towels, you can do without air conditioning by simply adding a mixture of baking soda and a suitable essential oil to the water. So your kitchen textiles will delight not only the pristine freshness, but also a pleasant aroma.

Tips of storage and use

  • For wiping hands in the process of cooking more suitable towels made of variegated or dark fabric, as the fat and other dirt on them is less noticeable. And, of course, try whenever possible to wash greasy hands, and not to wipe them on a towel. An alternative option is paper napkins.
  • Washing kitchen towels will not be your headache if there are many of them in the kitchen and you will change them often. Ideally, you should have towels to cover the pastries, to wipe clean hands after washing dishes, to wipe hands during cooking, to wipe vegetables and fruits, to use as a tack, etc.

  • Terry towels are not the best choice for the kitchen, as this fabric absorbs soiling easily and quickly loses tidiness.
  • So that towels with non-laundering stains that you use during the day, do not spoil the look of the kitchen, just throw them in a nice basket (not too high and not too low). For example, a rattan wicker basket is suitable as in the photo on the right. Well, clean towels can be stored in plain sight.