Your Search for the Perfect Dish Towel Is Over

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve accumulated a drawer full of mismatched kitchen towels. Some of them are decorative tea towels, none of which get the job done when it comes to drying. Some of them soak up water, but leave behind an equal amount of lint. And some of them do what they’re supposed to — they’re just so darn ugly.

All that’s to say that over the years I’ve tried various products in my search for the perfect kitchen towel for drying dishes, wiping hands, and mopping up messes.

My search finally came to an end when I came across this hidden gem at Bed, Bath & Beyond while wandering through the kitchen linens.

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The packaging is so unassuming, you’d probably walk right by these towels. I know I did — many times. I finally noticed them because I dropped one of my 20 percent-off coupons, bent down to pick it up, and stood up to find them staring me in the face. I like clean, all-white things, so I gave the towels a quick feel. They were soft! And just $13 ($10.40 with my handy coupon!), so I threw a pack into my cart. I’m so glad I did!

Buy: Microfiber Multi-Purpose Kitchen Towels, $13 for three at Bed, Bath & Beyond

What’s So Great About These Towels?

1. They’re absorbent.

Like, actually absorbent. (You know, the way towels are supposed to be.) A few swipes across a casserole dish and you’re done — none of those streaks of water that other towels just can’t seem to pick up. This is even true as they start to get damp; they keep drying way longer than other towels I’ve tried.

2. They’re soft.

Some dish towels are so rough that they can leave my hands feeling raw after too many drying sessions. Then there are microfiber cloths, which often get caught on my cuticles and just feel generally weird to the touch. These cloths are microfiber, but they’re also waffled and I find the texture to be much better. And because they’re so soft, I can use them on all my wine glasses without having to buy anything special (read: expensive).

3. They last a long time.

The towel that’s currently in my kitchen has been in rotation for about a year now, which is super good when you consider the price. Over time, as they start to get dingy and they develop a few snags here and there, I bring a new one into dish duty and retire the old one into general housekeeping. Which brings me to my next point.

4. They are great for dusting.

Once they’re retired from kitchen use, I use these towels to dust (either dry or with a bit of furniture polish). I’ll even dampen them for the heavy-duty scrub jobs usually left to a sponge, like baked-on spills on my stovetop or in the oven.

5. They’re actually good-looking.

I can’t tell you how many friends come over and ask about these towels. They all think I’ve spent a ton of money at a specialty kitchen store. You should see their faces when I tell them the truth. Of course, if they’re too plain for you, you can hang them next to a more exciting tea towel and leave that one in place for decoration while you put the waffled guy to work.

Have you used these? What are your go-to kitchen dish towels?