Hands up if you rarely wash your dishcloths? That’s most of us, because, after all, dishcloths are typically only used to dry dishes that have already been cleaned, so they don’t get dirty, right? Wrong. There are two issues when it comes to tea towels. First, when you’re wiping clean dishes, you’re not only removing excess water, but also any soapy remnants that can eventually cause bacteria to grow within the fibres. Second, a standard tea towel can absorb roughly 20 times its weight without feeling wet, which means that even if we think a kitchen towel is dry, it could actually be harbouring damp, which leads to mildew, mould, and so on. Want to know how to wash tea towels? Then read on.