Keeping the kitchen clean can be tedious, and we all make mistakes when it comes to certain cooking-related chores, like waiting months before cleaning the oven and forgetting to scrub the inside of the microwave. If there’s one cleaning tip my mom made sure to send with me into adulthood, though, it’s to never wash kitchen towels with other laundry. Under the wrong conditions, the bacteria that build up on the surface of these towels can spread easily to other clothes in the laundry machine, contaminating the rest of your laundry and not cleaning your dish towels.
While it might sound like a waste of water to throw three or four measly towels into the washing machine, it is possible to clean your towels without spreading unwanted bacteria. Keep reading for a few tips on how to keep this kitchen staple clean, and remember to skip the fabric softener!