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!
KEEP YOUR LEAFY GREENS CRISP
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
Put away that ugly plastic rack and use a tea towel for drying your dishes!
KEEP MUFFINS WARM
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
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
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
A pretty tea towel makes for a unique wrapping for a pound cake or tea loaf!
WRAP A WINE BOTTLE IN STYLE
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! Get the tutorial at Cotton & Flax.
NO MORE WOBBLY MIXING BOWLS!
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
A set of pretty tea towels makes a lovely hostess, teacher or thank you gift! Get these handprinted tea towels at Etsy.
A UNIQUE APRON
Add a belt, and a tea towel does double duty as an apron!