Tea towels – a must-have textile for every kitchen
A tea towel is a soft fabric that is typically decorated with an imprinted or woven pattern and is made of linen or cotton. Tea towels, which are roughly the size of a hand towel, have been around since the 18th century and were first used for pricey fine china drying at tea ceremonies.
Tea towels are a useful and important tool in every kitchen, and in Kulina we offer a fantastic selection of colourful tea towels from reputable brands like Blomus, Hübsch, and Rosendahl. You can also shop for more kitchen textiles on Kulina, such as aprons and oven gloves.
What are tea towels used for?
Today, tea towels can be found in homes and kitchens all around the world. They serve a variety of functions, from protecting and handling hot dishes to keeping covering food. Here are some common uses for tea towels:
- Drying dishes: After washing, tea towels are often used to dry dishes, glasses, and cutlery. Compared to typical paper towels, they are more absorbent and can be cleaned and reused again.
- Handling hot dishes: Tea towels can be used to carry hot dishes, pots, and pans when you need to move them around.
- Food covering: Food can be covered with tea towels while it is cooling or resting. This can help keep the meal warm and keeps dust and other particles from contaminating it.
- For decorative purposes: You can use our assortment of tea towels, which are available in a wide range of hues and patterns, as an accent in your kitchen. They can be also used as a placemat or napkins.
What are the patterns used for tea towels?
Tea towels are often decorated with various patterns, designs, and motifs. Some of the typical patterns used for tea towels include:
Stripes: Striped tea towels are a classic and versatile option that can complement a wide range of kitchen decor styles.
Checks: Checked tea towels are another popular option, with traditional gingham checks being a particularly common pattern.
Floral: Floral patterns are a popular choice for tea towels, with designs ranging from small ditsy prints to larger, bold patterns.
Geometric: Geometric patterns, such as diamonds, triangles, or chevrons, can add a modern touch to a kitchen.
Novelty: Tea towels with novelty patterns or images, such as animals, fruit, or humorous phrases, can add a fun and whimsical element to a kitchen.
Embroidery: Some tea towels feature embroidered designs, which can add a more intricate and handmade touch to the towel.
Overall, the patterns used for tea towels can vary widely, with options available to suit a range of personal styles and preferences.
How do I keep a tea towel hygienic?
There are a few things you can do to maintain a tea towel hygienic:
- Wash regularly: Tea towels should be cleaned often, especially if they are used for cleaning up after cooking raw meat, blotting up spills, or drying hands.
- Use hot water: To eliminate any potential bacteria or germs, wash tea towels in hot water (at least 60 °C).
- Use a disinfectant: To get rid of any potential bacteria, you can also add a disinfectant to the wash cycle. Make careful you adhere to the directions provided on the product label.
- Avoid combining with another laundry: It is preferable to wash tea towels separately from another laundry to prevent cross-contamination.
- Dry completely: Lastly, after washing, tea towels need to be completely dried. You can either hang them up to dry naturally or use a dryer with a high heat setting.