Sep 092013
 

towels

June is a month when you may find yourself searching for the perfect gift for one of numerous occasions that mark the start of a new chapter in someone’s life. Whether you have a relative who is graduating and living on his own for the first time, a dear friend who is getting married or someone who is buying their first home, a towel cake is a great way to turn a gift of necessities into a chic, creative masterpiece that other guest will envy and the recipient will surely appreciate.

Towel cakes can be a variety of sizes and can be made to fit any theme, taste or budget. To begin, you will need to organize your ingredients. The following description is for a moderately sized three layer “cake.” However, the “recipe” can be tweaked to make other variations.

2 large bath towels
3 hand towels
3 wash cloths
Large Safety pins
Long straight pins (decorative pins, those with pearls or colorful balls for heads are ideal.)
Ribbon – Satin or organza work well
Decorative items and finishing touches that only you can add

1. For the base layer, you will use the large bath towels. Each one needs to be folded in half lengthwise twice. Pin the ends together then roll it into a tight coil, using pins to anchor it. Then repeat with the other towel.

2. For the second layer, use the hand towels and the wash cloths will serve as the top layer. For each layer repeat the folding, rolling and pinning.

3. Place each coiled layer on top of the larger layer and pin it to the previous one, to add stability. Be sure you are using a tray or cake stand so it can be easily transported. The tray or stand can be another gift for the recipient.

4. With the foundation complete, add ribbon around each layer for aesthetics and add any other decorative items that will complete your theme.

5. In addition to towels, you can add kitchen utensils, decorative soaps, scented candles, toiletries, tools, office supplies, or any other items that strike your fancy and may be useful to the receiver. There are no rules about what can or cannot be added, have fun with it and use your imagination to make it a one of a kind gift that is both attractive and practical and not likely to be found anywhere else.

Feb 212012
 

towel animal

When most people hear the word “towels”, they bring to mind the soft rectangular squares of fabric used for drying off after a bath or shower. For those with creative minds, however, bath towels and hand towels can provide a rich crafting ground for fun and gift-worthy projects. As an added bonus, most towel craft projects can be unwound or unwoven to serve their more familiar purpose after the owner is done displaying them.

Towel Origami

An art form that’s gained popularity on cruise ships worldwide, delighted patrons have embraced this unusual craft on dry land as well. In addition to photo-filled books for sale that instruct novices how to make swans, turtles and more out of their towels, video sharing social sites also offer free videos for the curious. Towel origami is a great way for those interested in the traditional paper style of origami to get some experience without risking papercuts.

Boo Boo Bunnies

This super-easy craft project only requires a washcloth, rubber band, and some adhesive details like googly eyes and a pom pom. Simply roll the washcloth into a long tube, curve into a U, fold the U in half lengthwise and secure at this second fold with the rubber band. The result will be a small O shape at the bottom, a head-like bump at the front, and two tails that resemble ears above the head. Glue the eyes and nose at the appropriate places and you have a boo boo bunny! If a child is injured, an ice cube can be placed in the center of the O to enable easy handling and application to the injured area.

Bleach Art

This project works best with darker colored towels or mats and a large stencil of your desired shape. Using a clean, dry towel, place flat on an area that won’t be affected by discoloring, such as a driveway or front lawn. Fill a cheap spray bottle with laundry bleach (be sure to mark the bottle as poison for safety’s sake). Placing the stencil on the towel or mat and either securing with painter’s tape or a gloved hand, gently spray the bleach at the void area from a distance of about a foot. This will discolor the towel into a lighter hue in the shape of the stencil. For added style, spray around the edges of the stencil to make a unique frame effect. Let the towel dry completely, then wash alone to “set” the design.

Jun 122011
 

towels

It is easy to save money in the kitchen through following the examples of our ancestors. Before paper towels were invented, people would use cotton hand towels to clean messy spills in their homes. In 1931, Scott Paper Company created the first roll of paper towels for use in the kitchen; however, people successfully cleaned spills in their kitchens with bath towels, or soft pieces of terry towels, long before this date.

In 1931, when the first paper towels were introduced, the public scoffed at these frivolous fineries that would create ongoing unnecessary expenses in the home. The act of buying expensive paper sheets to throw away instantly was a luxury that most homes could not afford while their sturdy Egyptian cotton household towels would last for many years. The general public did not embrace the use of paper towels until after World War II.

Modern housewives are misunderstanding the term: kitchen rag. When World War II drew to a close, women were working in war-oriented establishments. As the men came home and retrieved their jobs, females remained employed outside of the home. Many believed that there was little time to hand-wash their messy cloth kitchen rags; however, most people do not hand-wash their bathrobes, bath mats or towels today.

Historically, women did not use rags in their kitchens. Most women took pride in the appearance of their homes and used brand new eco-friendly cotton towels to mop away household spills. Thrifty housewives would purchase one large bathroom towel, tub mat, or absorbent waffle bathrobe and cut these items into sizes that worked for their cleaning needs. Luxurious Turkish bathrobes/towels or kids robes became the new cleaning rags.

Women would keep their soiled kitchen rags in a covered bucket or jar of soapy water that was kept under the kitchen sink. The strong soapy water allowed the towel to refresh between small kitchen uses. Today, many households spend $5.00 each week on rolls of paper towels that are not necessary. Organic cotton spa towels, bathroom towels or hand towels can be used to replace a paper towel habit for hundreds of dollars in savings.

 

Apr 222011
 

hand towels

Do you use hand towels? Chances are the answer is “no”. It seems, more and more, that people reach for bath towels and sometimes washcloths, but rarely hand towels. However, hand towels serve more than one purpose.

Here are three reasons why hand towels are still important:

Better for your face

After you wash your face, you want it to be clean. Taking the bath towel that you just used on your body and putting it to your face may not be the best idea, especially if you want blemish free skin. Air drying your wet face is the best way. Otherwise, use a clean hand towel.

Choose hand towels over washcloths to save money

When it comes to towels, you want to buy quality. As a result, your budget may only include enough for the bath towels and the washcloths. Ask yourself how often you use washcloths. Are you really a loofah person, or do you just use your hands? A good quality, clean hand towel is a good choice for patting your face dry.

Great for guests

Hand towels are excellent for guest bathrooms. Instead of taking bath towels, which are large in size, and hanging them for your guests, choose hand towels. They are the traditional size for guest bathrooms and are easy for your guests to manage.

Apr 202011
 

ice cream

Gather-up your clean bath towels, hand towels and bath mats. With summertime almost here, it is time to treat all of the youngsters in your life to some cheap ice cream in a bag.

What you will need to make cheap ice cream in a bag:

Cheap Ice Cream In A Bag

~ Towels, Towels, Towels

~ 1 gallon size Ziploc style of plastic freezer bag

~ 1 pint size Ziploc style of plastic freezer bag

~ ½ cup milk, buttermilk or cream

~ 5 or 6 drops of flavor extract (Example: vanilla, cherry, orange or strawberry)

~ 1 tablespoon of sweetener (Example: white sugar, brown sugar or honey)

~ 1 heaping 1/3 cup of rock salt, about 6 tablespoons

~ Ice Cubes

  1. Line your work surface with a clean bath mat, terry robe or other item that will provide padding.
  2. Dump the milk, extract and sweetener into the small Ziploc-style bag and zip the top closed.
  3. Fill the large Ziploc-style of bag about half full of ice and add the rock salt.
  4. Place the small bag of ingredients inside of the larger bag and zip the top closed.
  5. Lay a towel flat on top of your workspace padding.
  6. Wrap the ice cream bag in the terry or cotton towel so that it becomes a bundle.
  7. Tell your child to roll the bundle back-and-forth on your padded work surface for 5 to 10 minutes.
  8. Un-bundle the hand towel or bath towel wrapper, release the small bag of ice cream and enjoy.

Optional: Older children often enjoy playing catch with their bundled ice cream bags until the ice cream is ready. The terry towel wrappers should be taped or tied to keep them around the ice cream bags during these games.

This activity is fun for children of all ages. The soft towel that is wrapped around the ice cream bags helps to hold the children’s interest because their hands do not get cold. Adults can do away with all of the formalities and make this style of homemade ice cream while they are sitting around in their bathrobes. Simply shake the ice cream bags for about 5 minutes whenever you are in the mood for some cheap fun-filled ice cream.

Apr 112011
 

towels

I don’t know about you, but for me, I have my two or three favorite bath towels, and it’s never a happy morning when none of them are available. There’s nothing better than being greeted by a dry, warm, fluffy, and sweet-smelling towel when you step out of the shower into the cool air. Therefore, to keep your favorite towels around for years to come, follow these simple tips.

1. Use natural laundry detergents.

Not only are natural laundry detergents better for the environment, they also don’t break down fabric fibers as fast as harsh detergents. Remember that you get what you pay for, so if you consistently use the cheapest laundry detergent you can find, you will probably be breaking your fabrics down much faster than if you invested a little more.

2. Actually read the label.

It seems that hardly anyone actually reads the instructions for care when it comes to fabrics. For example, some fabrics call for cold water wash, but if you wash everything in hot water, your favorite towel will break down much faster. Furthermore, the Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science says that the majority of Americans use more detergent than they need to. This, too, will break down your fabrics, so read the label on the towel, but also the label on the detergent.

3. Wash your towel.

Although this comment might seem very Captain Obvious, wash your towel regularly. Items like blue jeans can last a lot longer when you wash less often, but because towels are much thicker and have a much greater surface area, smells and stains stick in them more easily than in blue jeans. Therefore, wash your towels on a regular cycle – don’t procrastinate.

4. Don’t be tempted to put away damp towels.

Towels seem to be one of those items that never quite gets dry in the drier. Nevertheless, don’t be tempted: make sure your towel is completely dry before you fold it and put it away. The dampness will harbor bacteria and mold, causing the towel to get musty – possibly permanently.

Follow these four tips, and your favorite towel will be around for years to come.

 

Apr 052011
 

water

Warning: Your bath towels are at risk. As graduation time comes around again, parents everywhere must understand that their favorite Egyptian cotton towels, soft hand towels and luxurious bath mats are leaving home for good. Your graduating high school seniors are not going to be thinking about sharing as they happily start boxing-up your complete collection of bath linens to take with them to college or into their own first apartments.

As parents, grandparents and friends are searching for the perfect graduation gifts for their favorite scholar, remember this upcoming bath linen dilemma. Graduating high school seniors need a collection of cotton towels and a bath tubmat at graduation time. Parents can be left with terry kids robes to chop into washcloths or they can prepare now to ensure that all members of the family have the bathrobes/towels that they need.

Monogram bathrobes and bath linens make very nice high school graduation gifts. The gift of household necessities adds to the thrill of leaving childhood behind after the high school graduation day ceremonies are completed. A luxury waffle bathrobe, eco-friendly pile of cotton towels or an organic Turkish spa mat will be appreciated daily after your graduate leaves home for college. Monogramming on graduation robes or towels ensures that these adult items will stay with your graduate under all types of conditions.

Mar 022011
 

cotton

Some folks have plenty reason to say “I wish I was in the land of cotton”, and it’s no coincidence that these are the folks who have not yet discovered the wonderful world of luxury Egyptian cotton bathrobes, hand towels, bath mats and bath towels.

The story of the cotton blossom began in Mexico a little over eight thousand years ago and, at that stage, there was no way that the primitive laborers could know that their efforts would – many, many hundreds of years later – result in the manufacture of such quality items as the luxurious Supima towel, made of 100% American Superior Pima Cotton, and the eco friendly organic towel, which is made of natural cotton to create the perfect bath towel.

Cotton is not, however, only used to make towels, and this versatile fabric is also the main ingredient in bath robes – including kids robes – as well as most kinds of bathroom mat and tubmat.

In the early days, cotton was also cultivated in such exotic places as India, Iran and far Arabia, but it’s a good bet that the early nomadic traders didn’t carry the organic Terry Kimono bathrobe – made of 100% Turkish cotton – the Platinum bathrobe, which is manufactured completely out of Egyptian cotton, or the Waffle bathrobe, complete with monogram, among their trading goods. The popularity of cotton garments slowly spread across Asia, Europe, Africa and both the Americas, but it took Britain’s Industrial Revolution – with its almost instantaneous infusion of mass produced cotton clothing – to make cotton goods accessible to almost every family on earth.

Today cotton is the main ingredient of several different types of material including the striped seersucker, the heavier and ridged corduroy and the highly absorbent terrycloth, which is the basis of almost all towels and bathrobes. Today’s top cotton-producing countries include the Peoples’ Republic of China, the USA and Pakistan, but not all of these countries are able to compete on the same level as those with less developed infrastructures are not able to command as high a price for their cotton as the more well developed third world countries.

None of our favorite soft Turkish bathrobes/towels, tubmats and spa mats would be the same without that magical white fluffy plant known as cotton, and this magical snowy-white plant will continue to be cultivated for decades to come.

 

Feb 162011
 

bath towels

Clean, soft bath towels are items we crave after a hot shower or bath. However, we don’t always get what we crave if our towels are not washed properly or of poor quality.

Here are top 5 tips for caring for bath towels.

1. Don’t Hang Dry

You will need to avoid hanging your towels on the line, and instead, put your towels in the dryer for at least thirty minutes. Although hanging your towels on the line is most energy efficient and least expensive, it doesn’t make for a soft towel.

2. No Fabric Softeners

Avoid fabric softeners. Too much of this product creates less absorbent towels. Absorbency is part of what you want with a soft towel. Wash your towels periodically with vinegar to strip away built up fabric softener.

3. Don’t Overfill Your Wash

Stuffing too many towels in your washer is a bad idea. Your towels will wash evenly and then dry evenly if they have room to move around in the wash.

4. Shake, Use Medium Heat and Fluff

Take your towels out of the washer and shake them a couple times before putting them in the dryer. It is important to dry your towels on medium heat, not high heat. Fluff your towels before you fold them.

5. Start with Good Quality

It is easier to care for bath towels when you buy superior quality towels to begin with. Splurge on Supima, Egyptian or Turkish cotton towels for the best towels. In addition, these towels are not only soft when you buy them, but they get softer with each wash.

Feb 072011
 

cruise

Cheap cruise trips are rapidly becoming the uppermost choice in high-quality family vacations. For one price, travelers are treated to lodging, food, and use of all amenities on the ship, including their full-service gymnasium and spa. Like all lodging facilities, the tub mat, towels and luxury linens are supplied in the price of the trip; however, not all passengers are happy with these industrial versions of bath accessories.

While planning your fun-filled holiday on a cruise ship, it is always appropriate to bring your own soft bath mats, bath towels and luxurious Turkish bathrobes to use in your cabin or while you are out in public visiting the shipboard spa. Personal eco-friendly monogram robes and lightweight waffle bathrobe styles are fashionable to carry on a cruise ship. These colorful organic cotton bathrobes/towels, kid’s robes, and hand towels speak well of your family while they are used at poolside or in the exercise center.

Cruise travelers often spend time on their clothing choices and fashions while they are traveling to exotic locations. There is no need to wear the scratchy shipboard robes while there is room in your luggage for fashionable terry towels and the stylish professionally monogrammed robes that are so comfortable to wear. Most cruise ship lines offer a self-help laundry service for travelers to use when their swimsuits or personal top-of-the-line bamboo towels need to be refreshed.

Feb 032011
 

Organic Mats

Along with bathrobes, hand towels and bath towels, bath mats have been around for a long time. There is, however, far more to the simple tubmat than meets the eye, and those interested in reading up on the history of the mat will, no doubt, be fascinated by what they uncover.

Today the luxury bath mat comes in several styles, including the reversible bamboo mat of combed Egyptian cotton and bamboo rayon and the incredibly soft Supima bath mat, available in such interesting colors as merlot, chestnut and marine. Far less luxurious and eco friendly, however, were the Marsden or Marston mats that were popular during World War II, which were made of perforated steel and which were used to build temporary landing strips and runways.

Mats have been around for thousands of years – the hand-woven funeral mats on display at the Pecos Rio Grande Museum in Arizona were created between 2,000 an 5,000 years ago – and, as today’s quality mats can testify, cotton bath mats are now made with an extremely high degree of sophistication. The Organic bath mats, for instance, are manufactured in Portugal of 100% certified organic cotton, while the Elegance bath mats are made of long staple Turkish cotton and are equally at home in the bathroom or the upscale spa.

Although some mats are made from the tough brown and white coir fibers found in coconut husks, luxury bath mats, just like quality bath robes, towels and kids robes, are made from materials such as organic cotton, rayon and supima cotton. For those who like matching sets, Terry Velour Turkish bathrobes and towels can be paired with made-in-Turkey Supima mats while a Kimono Waffle bathrobe – complete with fancy monogram and made from 65% natural cotton – can be combined with a machine washable Pure Cotton bath mat to make the perfect bathroom linen set.

No matter what the history of the mat actually is, today’s best dressed bathrooms should all sport quality bathmats, and, as high quality mats are eminently affordable, why not buy a different color mat for every day of the week?

Jan 252011
 

cotton

Lovers of cotton bath products are on the look out for premium cotton, such as Egyptian or Supima. Premium cotton is better than conventional due to its strength, absorbency and softness, a feeling that becomes even softer after each washing. These towels cost more, but because of their quality, the price is worth it.

Another cotton in the premium category is Turkish cotton. Turkish cotton is a cotton with long fibers, and most are grown in the Aegean area of Turkey.

What is the best way to care for products, such as bath towels or bathrobes, made from Turkish cotton? Wash the towels in warm water with laundry detergent. The best laundry detergent for this type of cotton is natural laundry soap or detergent that is not filled with chemicals. Do not use fabric softener.

With towels, it’s best to place them in the dryer, but feel free to use a lower setting than high. A hint, put a cup of white vinegar in your rinse cycle once a month. The vinegar will remove excess detergent.

Dec 132010
 

christmas

The holiday season is one of the most happy, exciting times of the year. During this time you’re likely traveling to the homes of friends and family, attending office parties, and hosting your own get-togethers.

Have you ever noticed that flu season coincides perfectly with the holidays? Most families with school-aged children know that this is the time that the flue and other ailments run rampant throughout the schools.

The last thing you want is to have the whole family sick during this happy time.

Here are a few tips to keep you healthy. Wash down countertops with an antibacerial wipe. Other areas you need to wipe down frequently include doorknobs, light switches and the handles of refrigerators, cupboards, doors, and faucets.

Already done this? Great! But there’s another area you may not think about-towels. Do you have hand towels or bath towels in the bathroom? These can become breeding grounds for germs. How often do you wipe your hands only to find that the towel you are using is already wet? The solution? Give each member of your family a special towel color. This ensures that germs don’t spread inadvertently.

Lastly, wash linens frequently, including bathrobes. The pockets of bathrobes are the perfect place to store extra tissues, and extra germs. You may end up doing lots of extra loads of laundry, but follow these few simple steps and enjoy a fun, healthy holiday season.

Nov 272010
 

bath towels

For folks who care about their bath towels, two words come to mind – quality and luxury. When it comes to bath towels, not all of them are made equal. The best are considered the ultimate indulgence for the bath. The best way to end a refreshing shower or a relaxing bath is to slip a quality bath towel around the body.

Purchasing good quality is worth it not only for how these products feel to the touch, but also because of how long they last. Sure, you can buy cheaper products, but how will they feel to the touch and how long will they last? Are you really saving money if you have to buy new bath towels every year?

These luxurious products come in a variety of types, such as Egyptian cotton. When it comes to bath towels, luxury doesn’t get much better than an over-sized, thick and absorbent Egyptian cotton towel. Choose from a range of colors that will best match your bathroom. These are towels you’ll want close at hand for easy access after the bath or shower. Look for them in sets of bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths.