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Why Linen is The Best Dish Towel

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.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:38PM PST on Jan 24, 2013


12:56PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks for the article.

6:14AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Thanks for the article.

11:31AM PST on Feb 19, 2011

you can find made in USA linen towels from Brahms Mount

2:56PM PST on Nov 24, 2010


6:33AM PDT on Aug 23, 2010

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

5:30AM PST on Jan 16, 2010

Thanks Annie!!

1:48AM PDT on Jun 19, 2009

mega kabin

9:43AM PST on Dec 1, 2008

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

6:47PM PST on Nov 19, 2008

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.

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