There have been times in the recent past while grabbing for the dishcloth I was horrified to find that I was wiping the counter with something akin to a”stinky butt work sock”. Hoping to always avoid this unpleasantness I have employed these techniques:
- washing the cloth daily (er, maybe every other day)
- bleaching the cloth regularly ( bad and toxic!)
- always making sure it is rinsed in HOT HOT WATER and spread to dry completely
- I have adopted the cotton, granny knitted versions. (I don’t like to depend on disposable cloths, since I try to cut down waste and I indulge in paper towels for really nasty messes like pig’s blood seeping out meat trays, for instance.)
I admit, I have an “uber sensitive” nose, but I am certain I am not the only one who is assaulted by the stench but curiously I end up being the only one who seems to do anything about it. (strike up the tiny violins)
Here is my ONE NO FAIL trick between washes and can be done several times a day…
NUKE the HECK OUT OF IT!
and IF IT DOES FAIL, throw the cloth out. Just send it packing to a landfill site somewhere near you.
I take the thoroughly rinsed cloth and soak it with water–then place in the microwave for min 5 min. I might even add more water and have another go at it.
When I remove the cloth–all the cooties are gone. Dead! …and it makes it very easy to wipe down the interior of the microwave at the same time with the steamy hot mess.
Sometimes I add some white vinegar to the whole process, and it makes the microwave even easier to wipe up.
In fact this works so well, that I can wear the cloth on my face!
I would love to hear some of your KITCHEN TIPS. Send them along. I promise I will try them every legitimate one out ( thought I should give myself some kind of out–just in case there is a tip on how to make pigeon testicles palatable)
- Quick tips for reducing waste. Tip 1: paper towels and serviettes. (ecostore.co.nz)
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- Dirty dishcloths: E.coli found on more than a quarter of household cloths (teddyoshea.wordpress.com)
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