Why Linen is The Best Dish Towel

Flax linen is one of the world’s oldest natural fibers, made from the stalk of the flax plant. It comes to life with use, with being washed and hung to dry in the fresh air and sun. It also sheds dirt very well and easily. And it is the strongest of the vegetable fibers; up to two to three times stronger than cotton. It is even stronger when wet, yet it softens on repeated washings. A lint-free fabric, it is also perfect for drying glass.

There are many attributes to linen, including that it can last for generations, but how many know that it is the best dish drying towel, and why? Find out here:

Linen makes an excellent dish drying towel because it absorbs 20 percent or more of its weight in water. Now that is a good dish cloth. You can use the same towel for many pots and pans. It is also naturally resistant to bacteria. Cotton dishcloths, while good enough, aren’t nearly this good. The one caveat about linen is that it is vulnerable to mildew, so make sure to dry linen dish towels well once the last dish is put in the cupboard.

By Annie B. Bond


Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado3 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

KS Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Shannon G.
Shannon G.5 years ago

you can find made in USA linen towels from Brahms Mount http://www.brahmsmount.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=62P4D

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago


Prometeus O.
Past Member 6 years ago

i like to buy from eBay superb vintage bedspreads made in russia or other east european country.

Eli Is Here
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks Annie!!

Art D.
Art D.7 years ago


My favorite high end fabric store I searched flax linen they have some

Kathy Harris
Cathy H.7 years ago

The only place I've consistently found 100% linen dish towels is on eBay at stores which carry items from overseas, like Ireland and Russia. They run $7-14 and tend to be oversized compared to the cotton dish towels that you'd normally find in US stores.