DII Everyday Kitchen Basic Windowpane Combo Dish Cloth Set of 6, Eggplant, made by
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My first requirement for any cloth-type material used in the kitchen is that it
is made from natural fibers. These dish cloths are made from 100% cotton.
I absolutely will not use polyester in the kitchen (or wear it), because when
polyester melts on skin it actually melts into the skin and that can make a very
serious burn out of what would otherwise be a very minor burn. Polyester is also
prohibited apparel in electrical work for this same reason. The polyester people
now call their dangerous product "microfiber" in hopes people won't notice. Do
not use microfiber towels in the kitchen.
Not all cotton cloth is the same. In fact, there are wide variations in quality.
When I look at a cotton cloth, I test its weight and examine the weave. This is
a very light weight fabric, almost like a cheesecloth. You can easily see
through these dish cloths when holding them up to a light.
These are not "very absorbent" as claimed. There's just not enough material per
square inch for that purpose. I tried drying a few wet dish items, and these
simply did not do the job. But I don't think that's the job they are intended to
do. The same properties make these good for washing the dishes, thus "dish
cloth" rather than "dish towel" in the name.
Another test of a material is how well it recovers from wadding.
I wadded a couple of wet cloths and a couple of dry ones. I think there's not
enough material per square inch to give these any real "body." So they score
well on wadding: no wrinkles.
Each towel is also hemmed all
the way around, and I checked out that stitching very closely. It's a "straight
stitch," nothing fancy. But nothing fancy is needed. Unfortunately, the
stitching on three of the six towels appears to be already coming apart (stray
threads sticking out, but maybe these aren't part of the actual stitch--hard to
tell). So I doubt the "long-wearing" claim.
These cloths are attractive. They look nice in the kitchen. They can come in
handy as general use cloths for wiping the countertop, glass stove top, dining
table, etc. The soft cotton won't scratch a surface (as long as you wash these
properly, which means use less than 20% of the recommended laundry detergent and
don't use one containing wood pulp). The low density of the material means quick
A couple of tips on the care for these.
- Don't use the recommended amount of detergent or soap when washing
(holds true for all clothing, linens, etc.); it's way, way too much.
Typically, people can cut back to about 20% of the recommended amount
and their clothes will come out even cleaner. But use a good product
from the organics aisle, not the smelly, chemical-laden stuff in the
consumer aisle. And never use "fabric softener" as it's actually quite
gross (read the label).
- Don't dry them completely in the clothes dryer. This is true for all
fabrics. That degree of drying actually damages the material. So does
high heat. Always dry on the lowest setting and remove while still