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how to store dirty cloth napkins/bibs/towels?

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I have been trying to use cloth napkins, placemats, dish towels, washrags and "eco-tawashi" scrubbers in my kitchen. I also have baby bibs getting food on them. My problem is how to store all these during the day so that they don't smell, attract fruit flies, or otherwise cause unpleasantness in the kitchen area while awaiting the wash. Anyone have any ideas? I don't have too much room, perhaps just one cabinet under the sink. I cloth diaper and use a dry pail for those, but these kitchen items are another story altogether. . .  Please help!

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We use strictly cloth napkins/washclothes/handtowels/placemats.  I have a small rubbermaid container in our laundry room (close to the kitchen) that I just throw them in when I'm done with them.  I have never noticed it to attract flies or smell or anything along those lines.  Since it is fairly small, I just wait until it is full and then I wash them.  I haven't had a problem with mold or mildew and they all smell nice and clean when I finish washing and drying them.  When I had a home daycare, I threw the bibs in there also.  Good luck!!

 

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I've never had our towels, place mats, dish rags, or napkins attract flies or smelling, etc.

 

The dish rag hangs on the sink and when it gets dirty, we wash it or put it in the laundry.

 

The dish towels hang on the extractor fan hood to dry out between uses and then get put in the laundry basket (usually daily).

 

Napkins & placements, if they are clean get get put back in their respective drawers. If they are dirty, into the laundry basket. If anything is really dirty (lots of grease) I'll rinse it out w/ hot water before putting it in the laundry basket.

 

I think (it was so many years ago) that I would rinse off really food covered baby bibs before putting them in the laundry basket.

 

We do  at least one load (5-7 kg) of laundry almost every day.

post #4 of 6

we have a 'towel hamper' in the laundry room for towels, rags, bibs, napkins, etc.  if something is really wet, i drape it over the side of the hamper until it's dry to avoid mildew, which we do have problems with (florida!).  bath towels are hung up in the bathroom to dry and i go around and collect the dirty ones on wash day.

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we have a 'towel hamper' in the laundry room for towels, rags, bibs, napkins, etc.  if something is really wet, i drape it over the side of the hamper until it's dry to avoid mildew, which we do have problems with (florida!).  bath towels are hung up in the bathroom to dry and i go around and collect the dirty ones on wash day.



I have a towel hamper also. I don't hang the wet ones on the side though. I should probably start because I've been getting some mildew on a few of my washcloths.

 

post #6 of 6

I just put it all in the dry diaper pail.

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