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How to wash new teatowels

July 31, 2014 Filed under Cleaning hints and tips

Soozie has written:

“I have bought some new tea towels and dish cloths.I washed them before use but they’re no good!!! When i try to clean up water with the dish cloths or wipe the dishes with the tea towels it’s like using a plastic bag. the material doesn’t absorb the moisture. In my Nana’s day she put something into the wash water (first wash) and it seemed to fix the problem and the material would then absorb water.  Do you know what this was that Nana used to put into the first wash water”.

I think your Nana would have added white vinegar to the first wash of new tea towels.  And she would have used hot water for that first wash.

I suggest you try washing your new tea towels and dish cloths in a hot wash with  one cup of white vinegar.

It may take 2-3 washes as the cotton used in teatowels today is very different and much poorer quality material than the linen teatowels your Nana would have used.

Once you start using your teatowels don’t use fabric softener in the wash or rinse as the softener is silicon-based and leave s a film on the fabric so it doesn’t absorb water. You can continue to add vinegar to the rinse cycle to keep your teatowels soft .

To keep fabrics soft

September 16, 2013 Filed under Tip of the Day

Instead of using commercial fabric softener in your laundry, use while vinegar.  Fill the dispenser with white vinegar and feel how soft your towels are afterwards. If you can dry towels and sheets outside where there is a breeze, they will smell fresh and feel lovely and soft.

Curry stain on carpet

July 28, 2013 Filed under Stain removal

If you have spilled some curry on the carpet, try to clean it up as soon as you can.  It is the turmeric in the curry mixture that causes the stain and the problem.

Make a mixture of Read more

Nadine’s All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

December 7, 2012 Filed under Cleaning hints and tips

Nadine uses this solution for floors, kitchen surfaces, bathroom cleaning and windows.  She says the one solution does virtually everything you need cleaners for!!


1 litre of water
200 ml White Vinegar
40ml Eucalyptus oil
40ml Detergent
2 dessertspoons Washing Soda Crystals.


  1. Mix all ingredients together and it’s ready to use. It makes just short of 2 litres.
  2. Fill a spray bottle & use it to clean tables,benches & the bathroom.


  1. It cleans & polishes everything, including windows.
  2. I’ve never seen stainless steel taps, kettles etc. so clean!
  3. I’ve even taken small smears of dried paint drops off floors with the cleaning solution.
  4.  Use 60mls in warm water to wash floors.


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