The perfect thing

linentowels

My new lightweight, unbleached linen towels will replace my old heavy terrycloth cotton towels. The cotton towels are the only items in my laundry that I find sometimes need to be machine dried. They are quite thick and dry very slowly on the line, especially if there isn’t a lot of air circulation, which means that line drying them inside my apartment during the winter months doesn’t work very well. If they stay damp for too long they grow mildew. They also dry scratchy and matted down when hung on the line.

I’ve read a lot about linen and it’s many wonderful properties. Linen is made from flax fiber and it has the ability to absorb water and dry very quickly. This stack of four standard size bath and four hand towels takes up about the same area as one of my terrycloth cotton bath towels. I’ve used the linen towels after showering now and I love them. I really notice the incredible absorbency when I wrap one around my hair. The linen draws out so much moisture and my hair air dries so quickly afterwards, which is great on cold winter days. And I’m amazed by how quickly the saturated linen dries on the towel rack or on my indoor clothesline.

My cotton towels are a little ratty but still quite useful. I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do with them yet but found some great ideas here. I love the suggestion of donating old linens to a local animal shelter, so I plan to make some calls to see if any near me could use mine. I also know some artists who would appreciate a donation to their studio rag pile.

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7 Responses to The perfect thing

  1. abby January 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    I am a huge fan! We shifted to linen bath towels last year, and I only wished we had done so sooner, for all the reasons you mentioned. I am hoping to sew a set of kitchen and bath hand towels soon too.

    • Colleen January 21, 2013 at 3:19 am #

      Yes, I’d like to eventually to replace all my home linens with linen——from my kitchen towels to my bedding. It’s such a wonderful textile! Aaahhh, slowly but surely.

  2. Katie January 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    I love this! Do you have a recommendation for where to buy?

    • Colleen January 21, 2013 at 4:15 am #

      Hi Katie! These were given to me as gift. Have you looked on etsy? There’s a great selection of both vintage and handmade linen towels in a variety of textures, patterns, and colors. I’ve been browsing there since I’ve started using and loving my towels.

  3. suelen September 8, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    You can use it for clean.

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