Using cloth dish towels is an economical and ecological way to quickly clean up spills and keep your kitchen tidy. But over time, they can get smelly and dirty, and actually spread germs and bacteria in the kitchen. The solution is not to bleach the towels. Instead, soak the towels in the sink in a mixture of hot water and white vinegar for 20 minutes. When the towels cool, ring out the excess water and wash in the washing machine. The towels will be deodorized, disinfected and ready to use in the kitchen again.
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