This listing is for 13 Bird-E Towels™. I cut them a precise 11" square but they lose a teeny bit of width in the serging process. I am meticulous about making sure that each one conforms to my high standards before I mail them to you. These will not be prewashed and they will shrink to approximately 10 x 10.5" Since they are not prewashed, your Bird-E Towels will arrive feeling a bit unsupple and not quite absorbent until you wash them. (Avoid fabric softener as it will make them not as absorbent.)
Whatever you might use a paper towel for, you can use these cloths. Dry your hands, wipe up spills, clean the dining room table, dinner napkins, etc, etc. Even better then paper towels, you can actually clean glass and mirrors without leaving linty bits like paper towels and other cloths can do.
What's the problem with paper towels?? The main problem is that the paper towels that most people use are made from virgin tree pulp. That means that trees are cut down and harvested for something that you are going to use ONE time. And then it gets thrown away...adding to the landfill problem. Oh and to make it even worse for the environment, they bleach the pulp releasing toxic chemicals into our environment. (For something that is used one time?!?)
I use unbleached cotton to avoid that aspect of manufacturing. Whenever you get a chance, choose unbleached for a healthier earth.
So, cloth is better in so many ways. You can expect years of use from these cloths. And considering that you can toss these small cloths in with laundry that you already have to do...it doesn't really have much environmental impact once you get them home.
Sometimes, though, it's really hard to break the paper habit. That's exactly why I created these. I tried all the recommended suggestions and they just didn't work for us. (i.e. my hubby kept coming home with rolls of paper towels!) It wasn't until I had a light bulb moment in my sewing studio with this amazing light weight but absorbent 100% cotton fabric that I found something worked....and it worked really well...my prototype Bird-E Towels™. We were finally free of that paper towel addiction!
Printed care instructions are included with your order.
They are easy to incorporate into your current washing routine. I recommend no fabric softener to retain the highest degree of absorptivity. Don't fret if you forget, you won't ruin them, they just won't be quite as absorbent. I recommend washing these with a load of similar colors mainly to prevent other items from bleeding color. I throw ours in with sheets or towels. I've even hand-washed ours in the kitchen sink and hung them to dry...if I didn't have a load to do. They dry FAST. Yes, you can dry them in a clothes dryer. And yes, you can use bleach them if that's your preference but it will reduce the life expectancy of your Bird-E Towels and there is a negative affect from bleach on the environment. Personally, I like soaking them with Borax or Oxyclean if stains are an issue.
Any questions? Convo me and I'll be glad to help.
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