After receiving a gorgeous hand printed tea towel years ago, I started collecting them. There are so many pretty options out there – and know what I’ve discovered? That they’re too nice to keep stored away in a drawer. So think beyond “drying dishes” with these suggestions!
Tea Towels Are Not Just For Drying Dishes! 1 of 11
Linen and cotton tea towels are pretty, practical and have so many uses!
Keep Your Leafy Greens Crisp 2 of 11
Keep leafy greens fresh by rolling them in a tea towel after washing. Store in your crisper drawer till ready to use.
Not Your Grandma’s Dish Rack 3 of 11
Put away that ugly plastic rack and use a tea towel for drying your dishes!
Keep Muffins Warm 4 of 11
Line a bowl or basket with a pretty towel to keep muffins, biscuits and rolls warm at the table!
A Comfy (and Handy!) Pot Holder 5 of 11
Fold up a cotton towel to protect your hands while handling hot pots and pans. It's more comfortable than an oven mitt, and can serve as a makeshift trivet too!
Keep Cutting Boards In Place 6 of 11
When rolling out cookie or pie dough, place a lightly dampened tea towel underneath your cutting board, to keep it from moving around while you work (leave a little overhang toward the front, for wiping dirty hands!).
An Alternative to Plastic Wrap 7 of 11
A pretty tea towel makes for a unique wrapping for a pound cake or tea loaf!
Wrap a Wine Bottle in Style! 8 of 11
Forget those metallic gift bags - wrap a wine bottle in a pretty towel instead; the towel will be appreciated long after the wine is served!
Image courtesy of Cotton & Flax
No More Wobbly Mixing Bowls! 9 of 11
Use a rolled up tea towel to keep mixing bowls from slipping and wobbling, and free up both hands too!
Read how on Donuts, Dresses and Dirt
Give a Lovely and Distinctive Gift 10 of 11
A set of pretty tea towels makes a lovely hostess, teacher or thank you gift!
Get these handprinted tea towels at Printing Grounds
A Unique Apron! 11 of 11
Add a belt, and a tea towel does double duty as an apron!