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A housewifery question re tea towels

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j08 Wed 16-Oct-13 12:51:52

When the things need a wash, do you chuck them in with rest of the washing, or give them a separate hot wash?

For years I collected them up until I had a good economical wash load, and then put them on, on a boil wash. I have recently stopped this and have gone for the chuck 'em in with whatever else method.

We seem to be none the worse for it.


Gorki Wed 16-Oct-13 13:06:57

I just chuck them in. Never thought of doing anything different.

An odd sort of question. Is it serious or a set-up?thlconfused

Anne58 Wed 16-Oct-13 13:07:17

I do them with the bathroom towels, not a boil wash, but usually 60 degrees or 50.

gillybob Wed 16-Oct-13 13:07:38

I definitley use the "chuck it in" method jingle I do loads of washing and simply don't have the time to clart on with seperate loads for this and that. My sister washes all her undies by hand (what?) too much time on her hands that's what I say. smile

hebrideanlady Wed 16-Oct-13 13:10:57

I also do the Stuff it all in together method but only the "better ones" go on the line

Riverwalk Wed 16-Oct-13 13:11:05

Chuck them in with towels on a hot wash. Very few things need to be boiled!

kittylester Wed 16-Oct-13 13:46:38

Chuck 'em in with towels, bathmats, dishcloths, floorcloths and hankies. Rarely use tea towels for their intended purpose apart from drying/polishing non-dishwasherable glasses! I have, therefore, quite a stash of reasonable looking ones and two from Cadbury World on the wall! thlgrin

I use an amazing amount of dishcloths though - probably 2/3 per day and they must be cotton! thlshock

j08 Wed 16-Oct-13 13:47:45

A 60° wash made my towels go cracker shaped. Label says 40. Does the detergent do the trick, without the heat.

Gorki this is really serious.

Gorki Wed 16-Oct-13 13:54:40


I use loads: big family and no dishwashersad. Everyone always taking a clean one when it is their turn to dry up..
I only ever wash them on 30 which I find perfectly adequate and no-one has suffered yet !

j08 Wed 16-Oct-13 14:00:37

Right. Thank you. The Thread need go no further.

ninathenana Wed 16-Oct-13 14:02:33

I wash everything at 40. Only things I separate are DH work clothes. Dishcloths I soak in fairly strong bleach solution first then 'chuck em in'

gillybob Wed 16-Oct-13 14:02:43

Aaaaahhhh we were only just getting going jingle

j08 Wed 16-Oct-13 14:06:18

Oh no! Feel free! smile

Pollaidh Wed 16-Oct-13 14:07:12

I wash mine with other cottons at 60 degrees, as I reckon they need something of a hot wash to rid the bacteria.
Just on a related note, my brand new washing machine began to grow mould on the door seal. Very upsetting, until I read somewhere that this is a result of using cool washes. So every 6 weeks or so I do a 95 degree wash with dishcloths, bathroom cloths etc all pushed in. No problems with mould now!

j08 Wed 16-Oct-13 14:08:01

Nina there are garments of DH' s that I wash separately. But we won't go into that.


HildaW Wed 16-Oct-13 14:09:22

I'm not sure why one would need to really hot wash tea towels. One uses them to dry up clean washing up...not mop the floor. Mine go in with the whites/pale wash at 40.

j08 Wed 16-Oct-13 14:09:27

Yes Pollhaid there is a lot to be said for that.

gillybob Wed 16-Oct-13 14:10:36

Picturing a little old man resembling Old man Steptoe jingle which I am sure is not what your DH looks like at all. grin

j08 Wed 16-Oct-13 14:13:37

Maybe I should n' t have put that particular post up. blush He's not really dirty. Poo

HildaW Wed 16-Oct-13 14:13:43

MInd you I do change them every couple of days and use a dishwasher for the bulk of the stuff. grin

Jendurham Wed 16-Oct-13 14:14:39

True, Pollaidh. When I had a guest house and a cafe, hygiene rules said to wash towels and teatowels at as hot a temperature as your machine would allow. A temperature of over 55 gets rid of dust mites so I wash bedding at 60.
I wash towels and teatowels at 90 and that's usually once a week to keep the washing machine mould-free. j08 why do want your teatowels to be a decent shape. Just do not use the good ones that people buy you to look at. Put them on the wall.
Staph A thrives at 30 degrees.

j08 Wed 16-Oct-13 14:15:23


This bloomin' Kindle is determined to get me into trouble! shock

feetlebaum Wed 16-Oct-13 14:18:08

I do a monthly 90° empty wash with the stuff the engineers use... seems to do the trick. I buy a year's supply of the stuff (12 sachets) which costs around £1 a month.

j08 Wed 16-Oct-13 14:19:42

jend No, it's my towels that went cracker shaped. When I washed them at 60. They are John Lewis ones too! shock I think the decorative insert a few inches from either end shrunk. hmm

Elegran Wed 16-Oct-13 14:20:14

I think she said cracker-shaped towels, not teatowels. Is it pulled in at the non-terry-towelling strip that they put near the ends, J08 If you can be bothered to stretch those strips straight while the towels are still damp, they will dry without the gathers. If not, does it matter?