Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Oh “Huck,” Where Have You Been

Okay, I just told you to dry your food that you are going to be sauteeing off with a paper towel…and many of you cringed at the thought that I would even dare to have them in my house…aren’t we all “going green” these days?

Even though you might be much better off using this on the food that you are going to be sauteeing…after all, do you really want to risk making your family sick by drying foods such as raw chicken on something that you might then wash and use to clean your mirrors, windows, and wood furniture? 

But right now I am taking a break to look at all the other things that can be used as alternatives to standard paper towels so that we can do one more thing to be “eco-friendly” and do our art in saving the environment.

Basically in the school of “green thinking,” there are three trains of thought—find something similar, use something else instead, or use something that you already have on hand.

So let’s first look at “Something Similar”…

When it comes to ordinary paper towels, the next something similar would have to be other towels and napkins that are made of a fabric that can be washed and re-used. Examples of this include Huck towels, microfiber cloths, and napkins from such materials as chambray, cotton, and linen.

1. Huck Towels

  • Color…may be white or dyed different colors…designate a specific color for each specific use
  • Commercial Uses…to clean surgical instruments…also used by rofessional window washers, car detailers, and cleaning companies
  • Durability…long-lasting, tend to hold up well even after many washings
  • Fabric….pure cotton…whenever buying Huck towels, make sure that the towels are 100% cotton because blended fabrics are not as absorbent.
  • Household Uses…window cleaning, drying dishes, dusting and polishing furniture, wiping down furniture on the patio and porch
  • Source…Rag Lady…looks like an excellent source for all sorts of recyclable, well…rags…
Feathering the Nest

Towels

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Now that you’ve finished your shower, the first thing you will probably grab for will be a towel…

But don’t just settle for any old towel.

 

 

Instead take the t;ime to find the best towels, or the best towels for you personally…and be willing, if able, to actually spent money on towels instead of grabbing the cheapest ones that you can find.

 

Towel shopping should not simply be a matter of how good the towel may feel on the display shelf or how much it might cost.

In fact there are several factors to take into consideration when shopping for high-quality towels—absorbency, durability, softness, cost, size, and launderability…(not sure if that’s a real word or not).

 

 

 

Absorbency…Towels made of .100% cotton, especially Egyptian or Pima cotton, are typically the most absorbent. Such towels, those made with Pima or Egyptian cotton, are usually the softest also.

 

 

 

 

Structure…(Loops and Twists)…Every towel has loops. These loops help the towel feel soft and absorb water. You should not be able to see the base of the towel beneath these loops.

The “twists” of the towel refers to how much the loop’s yarn is twisted. Towels with either a low or zero twist are more absorbent than towels with a denser twist.

 

 

Touch…Touch can be deceiving. Don’t rely on how soft the towel feels at first glance, or in this case, first touch. Most manufacturers add a softened “finish” so that the towels feel nice and velvety in the store. But that finish washes off after the first few runs through the laundry…leaving you with a much rougher towel than you had thought you had bought.

 

 

 

 

Weight…/Thicker, heavier towels are most likely to be absorbent than thinner, lighter towels., and truly high-quality towels will feel heavier than they look.

Towel weight is measured in grams per square meter (GSM). Generally, the higher the weight, the denser the towel and the more absorbent and plush it will be. 300-400 GSM is considered lightweight, 400-600 GSM is medium weight, and 600-900 GSM is the heaviest.  Thicker towels with high GSM, or grams per square meter, feel more luxurious.

 1.  1888 Mills Made Here Bath Towel

  • Availability…Walmart
  • Colors Available…blue, brown, cream, grey, red, and tan
  • Fabric…100% USA grown cotton with pima rich loops
  • Price…$2

2.  Abyss Super Line Bath Towel

  • Availability….Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s
  • Colors Available…30 available
  • Fabric…Egyptian cotton
  • Price…$74
  • Size…28″x54″

3. AmazonBasics Fade-Resistant 3-Piece Towel Set

  • Availability….Amazon
  • Fabric…100% cotton
  • Price…$13
  • Set includes…2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 washcloths
  • Size…54″ x 30″…(26″x16″ for hand towel, 12″x12″ for washcloth)

4.  Fina Ultra Absorbent Waffle Weave Microfiber Bath Towel

  • Availability….Amazon
  • Colors Available…white, linen, sage, and coffee
  • Fabric…Microfiber
  • Price…$15
  • Size..29″x55″

5.  Pinzon Heavyweight Luxury 820-Gram Bath Towel

  • Availability….Amazon
  • Colors Available…blue, gray, sage, green, ivory, and white
  • Fabric…100% cotton
  • Price…$21
  • Size…30″x56″
  • Weight…nearly 2 pounds each

6.  Superior 900 GSM Egyptian Cotton Bath Towel Set

  • Availability….Amazon, overstock.com, Walmart
  • Colors Available…18 colors available
  • Fabric..long-staple combed cotton
  • Price…$62 for set of six (2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 washcloths)
  • Sizes…30″x55″…(20″x30″ hand towel, 13″x13″ washcloth)

7.  Utopia Luxury Bath Sheet Towel

  • Availability….Amazon, Sears, and BB&B
  • Colors Available…black, white, navy, champagne, plum, gray, brown, and sage
  • Fabric…100% ring spun cotton
  • Price…$16
  • Size…35″x70″

 

 

How should I use my new towels? Drying off after your shower can be as important as the shower itself. Pat yourself dry. Rubbing your skin too vigorously with a towel can cause irritation, leave you itchy, and make dry skin get even worse. This will also leave some water on the skin, which can be sealed in with moisturizer.

 

 

How do I take care of my brand new towels?

Take time to actually read the tag on your new, luxurious towels tag before you simplty stick in your washing machine. Machine wash on the hottest temperature-setting recommended, with similar colors.

Never use bleach, dryer sheets, or liquid fabric softener on your towels. This will  eventually weaken the fibers make the towels less absorbent.