Single use (then wash) cloth hand towels

NorthlutJune 25, 2012

I love when I go to a nice restaurant or something and they have single use cloth hand towels out. I was thinking it would be nice to do that for our guest bathroom at home. It always seems yucky to have to dry your hands on a hanging hand towel that who knows how many other people have used in the past.

Have any of you done this before? Do you have any tips? What kind of towels do you use? Do you just buy washcloths, or are there towels made specifically for this? What do you have for people to toss the used ones in? Do people "get it" and do the right thing, or throw them out (or leave them laying around)?

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The towels you are referring to are called fingertip towels. They are smaller than a hand towel but larger than a washcloth and are rectangular. You can find them in most linen department of larger department stores or just g Google them and buy them online.

You set them out for guests near the washbasin. There should be a small basket or hamper nearby for them to put them in after use.

Since many people today don't understand these older customs you may have to leave a gentle "prompt" for them to use them. Perhaps a small lettered sign near the discard container saying "used fingertips towels go here".

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 6:12AM
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They use these at a fine hair salon for a modern clientele, in a city near where I live. Wash cloths are used, rolled up and stacked in a basket set on its side. The wash cloth is large enough to dry the hands. It is nice.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 6:38AM
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Thanks. Most of the "fingertip towels" I'm finding online seem more like ornamental hand towels with embroidery and stuff on them. What I'm thinking of are plain white. I checked the ones at a restaurant over the weekend and they were perfectly square, but there were no labels (I assume they'd been cut off).

Anyway, I think we'll give it a try and see how it goes :)

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 6:58PM
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Great! I like the plan for plain. I think it needs to be un-fussy, because of the plain-ness of hand drying activity.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 10:22AM
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If you are willing to really go plain, what about shop towels? Our Costco sells big packages of them. They are all cotton, white, and about 14" square. Thinner than a nice washcloth, but very absorbent. We use, wash, and reuse. Some now have multi-colored spots because we've used them for several painting projects! I think they are sold as single-use, but clearly they don't have to be. They would roll and stack well -- but would also look utilitarian compared with some other options. Just thought I'd throw this out as an alternative.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 11:59AM
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Check out Etsy, too. There are a lot of folks making "unpaper" towels and holders for them these days:

Here is a link that might be useful: unpaper towels

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 12:26PM
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I get them at TJ Maxx and/or Homegoods. I roll them up and keep in a basket on the bath vanity counter. When guests are coming, I put a "prompter" towel in the "used" basket so that it will be obvious what they're for and where to toss them when finished.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 9:38AM
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I use face cloths. This is what most places use too. Fingertip towel is too big for one use in my opinion. I use white towels and this allows bleaching them every so often. Target and tj maxx are usually good places to looks for white face towels.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 12:11PM
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You might also look at dish towels. I have some white ones that are rectangular and in between the size of a wash cloth and a standard hand towel. They're plain white and fairly absorbent. I think I bought mine at Crate & Barrel.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 2:37PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Dinner napkins work beautifully! Bed Bath and Beyond has all sorts of colors. They are plain and just the right size. Here are some red ones I picked up at World Market (Cost Plus). 6 for $9.00. Gotta iron them. ;-)


This post was edited by babka on Mon, Mar 11, 13 at 19:28

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 4:34PM
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