It’s not just discount stores that sell dishtowels with polyester weave. I was given a beautiful set from an upscale cooking store and they are terrible! You can’t dry your hands with them and it’s just as hard to dry dishes. What were they thinking? Obviously, they weren’t and they probably don’t spend time in the kitchen where we run water constantly. Those who love to cook are always washing and drying their hands and need an absorbent towel to wipe up spills. What? Do they think we stick microwave dishes in and only hang the pretty dishtowels for looks? Even someone whose idea of cooking means four minutes in the microwave, still has to wash his hands. And who doesn’t spill liquids on the counter? I guess the day has come when pretty dishtowels are just for looks, like decorative soap in the bathroom. (In my bathroom, I’ve got a bowl of soap shaped like acorns, given to me by the same person who sent me the polyester dishtowels, bless her heart.) What? Do they think today’s cooks only use paper towels? Don’t get me started. What is in those things? Certainly not paper. If you hold it up to the light, you can see and feel the plastic. Definitely not very biodegradable. Sigh.
It’s time to throw out the fake dishtowels. And while I’m at it, go into the bathroom and toss the fake bath towel. Although it does look rather pretty next to the decorative acorn soap. And really, who needs to dry their hands?
Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031
… and Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973