Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Solution for sinky dish cloths (finally!)
I've had quite the time with keeping my dish cloths smelling good. I've tried:
Being really strict about wringing out the day's rag at night, letting it dry, and getting a fresh cloth out each morning. (More work than it sounds like!)
And when that wasn't completely 100% followed/successful:
- Bleach in the washer. (Works okay, but then every white load was needing bleach.)
- Vinegar in the washer. (Didn't work well enough.)
- Starting over with new dish rags.
- Baking soda in the washer. (Didn't work on the dish rags.)
- Leaving the clean, washed rags in the sun. (More work, especially in western WA!)
And would you believe, I just finally found a healthy, easy, and effective way to treat those dish rags that somehow still end up stinky on occasion. (I think it has to do with little helpers who don't rinse the rag, wring it out, and hang it nicely on the sink when they're done...) ;)
Here's what I've been doing for the past few months, and it really WORKS!
Instead of putting a cup of vinegar in the washer load, put any stinky dish cloths in a small bucket or container and put enough vinegar in the container to saturate the cloths.
Leave them in the vinegar for at least 5-10 minutes. Then throw the contents of the container into the washer and wash with other whites on warm or hot (or however you wash your dish rags).
This method concentrates the vinegar and is an easy healthy way to freshen dish cloths! :)
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