It’s been a while since I posted about turning a flannel receiving blanket into wash-up rags for kids, and so I thought it was time to revisit this idea and share some additional tips and tricks.
Bigger is better. When I made my first batch of rags, each one was cut to 6″x6″. Now that I’ve used them (againandagain), I’ve found that a larger size, like 8″x8″, works a lot better.
Forget folding. At first, when I laundered my rags, I would meticulously fold each one and stack them in my cupboard for use. Then I came up with the brilliant idea of using a repurposed plastic container (one with a wide mouth opening) to store all of the rags. No folding necessary — just toss in the clean rags as is!
Flannel vs. terry? I have a huge stash of reusable rags. Some are flannel cut ups and some are cut from old towels. The variety of fabrics serve me well for different uses. Flannel is perfect for washing up messy hands and faces… but not much else. The smooth fabric does not do well to clean up large messes or grimy counter tops. Terry cloth, however, because it is more abrasive, is better at scrubbing pots, sticky table tops and the like.
Stash your stash. I’ve found it easier to keep a mini stash of rags in a variety of places. Some near cleaning supplies, some in the garage, some in the bathrooms. That way, I’m never without!