Tea towels are perpetually damp, warm from your hands and often used to mop up spills or food crumbs. In essence, they are the perfect environment for bacteria to grow.
Germs are always something to be cautious of, but even more so in the days of the Coronavirus. So - just how often should you be washing your tea towels?
Ideally, you should be washing your tea towels every single day - but that might sound a little excessive to you (it certainly did to us).
If that’s a bit of stretch for your household, there are a few ways to ensure your tea towels are carrying less bacteria.
Drying it completely between every use is a good rule of thumb. One way to do this is by having more than one in the kitchen at a time so you can rotate between them.
Having a designated dish-drying tea towel, and a designated hand or bench drying tea towel is another great option to avoid germs in the kitchen.
We suggest stocking up on a few extras to keep on hand so that you’re not doing a load of laundry every darn day.
On that note, we recommend washing your tea towels exactly how you would wash anything else. If they’re heavily stained, treat them or soak them before putting them in with the rest of your laundry. A typical cycle at 40°C is more than adequate for getting rid of any germs in the wash.