Is cotton or linen better for tea towels?

Is cotton or linen better for tea towels?

Your humble tea towel, or dish towel in the US, is hands down the most useful piece of kitchen equipment you own. Fantastically low tech, this amazing rectangle of material that sits next to the sink in just about every kitchen is probably one thing it couldn’t function without.
 
Yes, you dry the dishes with it, but you also grab it before you pick up warm plates, wipe down surface spills with it, dry eyes with it, maybe you even use it for straining liquids….its uses are almost endless.
 
At SeaKisses we love our tea towels and over the last 10 years we have tried different shapes and materials and have come to some conclusions we thought we would share:
 

1. Cotton Is The Best

Tea towels come in all shapes and sizes and many different materials. The hands down best option is 100% cotton. Cotton can be woven to the perfect consistency to enable the towel to absorb enough moisture to dry things without ending up as a soggy, waterlogged mess.
 

2. Not Too Big and Not Too Small

The best size is 780 x 500 mm. Anything larger is just too big to handle and anything smaller feels too economic for the job in hand.
 

3.Water Based Ink Please

We dye all our tea towels with a water based, non-toxic ink. These inks are washable at 40°C and give great durability without compromising the environment.
 

4.Design Please

Linens offer an easy opportunity to put personality into a kitchen. Change them with the seasons, change them every day or change them with your mood. Choose beautifully coordinating colours or a mass of different colours. SeaKisses designs are all about putting the coast into your kitchen to remind you of days when your toes were sandy are your lips were salty, our coastal themed cloths come in faded coastal colours that coordinate beautifully and remind the world of the place you love.
 

5.Great Gifts

A tea towel makes a useful gift that will be used every day and may just put a happy memory into the heart of the person using it…let’s face it you have time to dream when you are doing the drying up. SeaKisses tea towels come in tubes making them a more substantial gift to give and lovely to receive.
October 26, 2021 — Jo Brown
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