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Jun 29, 2011 13:04:25   #
currydayton
 
Does anyone have a problem with sour, smelly dishcloths after 2
days of washing dishes? I wash them with white clothes with Tide
in hot/ warm water. Sometimes I soak the dishcloths in bleach & warm water before washing in the machine. Any suggestions?
 
Jun 29, 2011 13:07:46   #
ompuff
 
currydayton wrote:
Does anyone have a problem with sour, smelly dishcloths after 2
days of washing dishes? I wash them with white clothes with Tide
in hot/ warm water. Sometimes I soak the dishcloths in bleach & warm water before washing in the machine. Any suggestions?


Sorry, I can't help you-----I rinse mine really well after each use and place them where they can dry so never have an odor. Hope you find a method that works for you. :)
Jun 29, 2011 13:15:12   #
nogginpodge
 
When you've finished washing up, get into the habit of leaving your dishcloth/s to soak in a couple of inches of water with bleach added. That way, it stays fresh. At night, you can hang it out to dry. This should mean no more nasty smells.
Jun 29, 2011 13:19:33   #
barbm12
 
you Can also rince them in vinagar or lemonjuice and just hang them to dry
Jun 29, 2011 13:22:22   #
Loistec
 
Thats why I use sponges
Jun 29, 2011 15:34:31   #
Leonora
 
I use dish clothes but they never get smelly, because I rinse them thoroughy after every use.
 
Jun 29, 2011 15:47:01   #
jeanmb
 
currydayton wrote:
Does anyone have a problem with sour, smelly dishcloths after 2
days of washing dishes? I wash them with white clothes with Tide
in hot/ warm water. Sometimes I soak the dishcloths in bleach & warm water before washing in the machine. Any suggestions?



That's why I buy cheap ones rather than make them. Use them only one day and then bleach the tar out of them. Dump them when they start to disintegrate and never under any circumstances form a bond with them like I would with hand knit ones.
Jun 29, 2011 16:17:32   #
lifeline (a regular here)
 
I soak mine in biological washing powder every other day, rinse and line dry. I buy the bio only for this job as I, and my family are allergic to it so I use non-bio for clothes. I do also rinse well after each use.
Jun 29, 2011 16:38:42   #
askem1728
 
every time i wash dishes i get a new cloth. wring out just used one and hang to dry. i wash all my dish clothe and tea towels together once a week. i used vinegar in the wash last time and everything came out a little nicer and smelling a lot better. i got the hint from here just a few weeks ago.
Jun 29, 2011 19:02:04   #
Linda6885 (a regular here)
 
I think the answer is always rinse the dish rag out after each use, with clearn, clean water, not just in the dish water, and always hang to dry. I know when my husband throws the dishrag in the sink after using, and I find it in the morning it will be already starting to smell. (grrr..men!)
Jun 29, 2011 19:52:04   #
Linsews
 
Hanging them were air can move through them to dry them should help a lot. Don't let them lay in the sink wet. You are right to use a little bleach. Hope this helps. :)
 
Jun 30, 2011 05:13:46   #
BC (a regular here)
 
Mom and my
aunts washed them in scalding water with bleach added. They did the same with dirty white socks. I can remember as a child having the job of pushing the clothes into the scalding water with a shortened broom stick.
Jun 30, 2011 05:20:29   #
Chrissy (a regular here)
 
currydayton wrote:
Does anyone have a problem with sour, smelly dishcloths after 2
days of washing dishes? I wash them with white clothes with Tide
in hot/ warm water. Sometimes I soak the dishcloths in bleach & warm water before washing in the machine. Any suggestions?


I dont have that problem, just rinse and let air dry and chuck them in wasing machine every couple of days.
Jun 30, 2011 05:32:36   #
nuttyknitter
 
I was raised by OCD germaphobes (and no I'm not kidding)...we go through three a day...I still knit them though...they get a bit ratty, they go in the rags....I just do the granny's favorites dishcloths for myself...I give the fancy ones as gifts...knitting is my therapy (as you can see I need it!), you can't put a price on that...and I'm making something to help myself clean! or to make someone else smile (or clean?)...They also go through the sanitary setting on my W/D....don't even get me going on sponges - lol...
Jun 30, 2011 05:57:46   #
tesorrell
 
You can also run them through the dishwasher.
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