How to Prevent Greasy Dishcloths and Dish Towels After Washing

Make dish towels come out of the wash clean and grease-free.
Make dish towels come out of the wash clean and grease-free. (Image: Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Dish cloths and towels are used constantly in a busy kitchen. Before, during and after fixing a meal, grease and oil is mopped up with dishcloths and towels to keep the kitchen clean. Treating the grease stains before washing dirty dishcloths and dish towels is an important part of preventing them from still being greasy when you finish washing them. Use your dishcloths and towels for clean-up, without worrying they'll be ruined.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Bucket
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Laundry detergent
  • 1 cup baking soda

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Wet the grease stained towels. Pour a drop of hair shampoo directly onto the grease stain. Work the shampoo into the fibers, then rinse with warm water and wring out the excess moisture: This can be done before washing, or to spot clean grease stains over the kitchen sink.

Hair shampoo helps get rid of grease stains in kitchen towels.
Hair shampoo helps get rid of grease stains in kitchen towels. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Fill a bucket with one gallon of water and one cup of white vinegar. Toss kitchen towels and dishcloths into the vinegar solution each day, after use. Allow them to soak in the diluted vinegar, until you're ready to wash to remove grease and its accompanying odor.

Launder your dishcloths and dish towels in the hottest water possible. Use laundry detergent and add one cup of baking soda to the wash cycle, to remove any last traces of grease and grease odor.

Wash kitchen towels in hot water to clean and sanitize.
Wash kitchen towels in hot water to clean and sanitize. (Image: Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Check dishcloths and towels before placing them in the dryer. Any grease stains left on the towels will become permanent, if they're dried in the dryer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use paper towels to clean up grease stains and splatters to prevent staining towels.
  • Keep a stash of old dish towels specifically for wiping up grease stains. When they sustain too many grease stains, you can simply toss them out.
  • Separate greasy towels from the rest of your laundry, rather than throwing everything into the same hamper or laundry basket. Grease stains are easily transferred to other fabrics.

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