What Do You Use Dishtowels For?

Dear FlyLady,

This may sound strange, but I really do not have any idea what you do with a dish towel. Well, of course I keep one hanging on the bar on the dishwasher to wipe my wet hands or to dry dishes I have hand washed. But other than that, my mother always used paper towels or sponges in the kitchen. Could you explain exactly what you use your dish towels for? It occurs to me that you have other uses for them or you would not need a different one for every day of the week. I am open to suggestions if it means less paper towels!!!

Thanks for your help!

Fort Worth FlyBaby


Dear Fort Worth FlyBaby,

We love our dish towels! There is nothing worse than a stinky dishtowel or dish rag which is why our towels come in a pack of 7 (one for each day of the week). When you start FLYing, the first habit you practice is shining your sink. After you shine your sink the first time, you may never have to do it again. All you ever really have to do is wipe out your sink with your dish towel.

To get us in the habit of changing our dish towels out as part of our evening routines, we made them with the days of the week embroidered on them.

Our dish towels are made of 100% cotton. The FlyCrew and I searched for a long time until we found dish towels that were good enough for you. If Kathy, Michele and I didn’t like them, they went away. We are the toughest judges of dish towels. They have to be absorbent and easy to keep white.

Here is a list of things to do with your FlyLady Dish Towels.

1. Shine your sink
2. Wipe your hands
3. Wipe down your counters
4. Dirty dish towels can be used to wipe up messy spots on floor
5. Dish towels can be used to cover rising bread dough
6. Folded dish towel can be a hot pad for hot pots and pans
7. Dish towels can be used as a drying rack for washed dishes
8. Dish towels can be napkins for messy meals: ribs, shrimp or crabs
9. Dish towels can be used to dry dishes
10. Dish towels can be used for a facial
11. Dish towels are good for wiping your sweat when exercising
12. Dish towels can be used as bibs
13. Dish towels can be wrapped around an ice pack
14. Dish towels can be used to polish silver

For those tougher jobs, our Purple Rags are the best!

Now go shine your sink!


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