We go through a lot of kitchen laundry because we dry hands on fresh kitchen washcloths rather than a communal towel hanging up, use kitchen cloths as napkins and to wash faces before eating if needed, as well as the typical wiping the table and drying dishes stuff so we go through a lot. But I purchased enough that I have a wash load before I run out. That way I can wash them on their own without wasting water or my time.
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For us, our laundry is right by/in the kitchen. When I have a dirty towel or wash cloth I throw it right into the washing machine. I do the same with any random clothes that are downstairs. Friday is laundry day so whatever is in the washer on Friday gets washed first But I have no issues washing kitchen laundry with clothing laundry.
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We have three towels and two dish rags that we use all week, and they get thrown into the rest of the laundry on Sundays (dark stuff with darks; light stuff with whites). We have three bath towels we use all week too. Then they get hung back up for another week. Perhaps that is unsanitary but I've been doing it all my life, including at my parents' house. I'll go hide under a chair now.
Our washer is broken so I've been going to the laundromat every few days. I couldn't stand the wet cloths (we go through a lot and it is hot summer weather) so I swished them around in hot water, soaked them overnight in the kitchen sink with laundry soap, rinsed the next day, then hung outside to dry. Very easy and they seemed clean enough with the bleaching action of the sun. I may continue this practice.
Yeah, no signs of plague around here, I think you'll be safe washing the dishtowels with the socks.
I always use a hamper with vented sides. Like those popup mesh hampers or a laundry basket. Wet things get really nasty if you leave them closed up in plastic.
Mother to one wonderful 5 year old son and another on the way, caretaker of dogs, cats, chickens and worms. EDD 12/11/2011