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.

 

May 212011
 

Organic Towel

Good quality white towels are the standard at top hotels. However, white towels are not only for hotel guests. You can incorporate the look into your own life. Towels of this color brighten up a room and look fresh and clean. Here are a few tips:

By the Tub

Is your bathroom an oasis? Have you outfitted it with a sunken tub, complete with whirlpool? Chances are your tub is the perfect place for you to escape after a hard days’ work. Keep a small pile of white towels by your tub. Three is always a good number. Folded and neatly stacked, they will give you the feeling that you’re being pampered, just like at a spa. If there is no place on your tub, put them in an attractive wicker basket.

Black and White

Black and white towels look great together. Consider incorporating black and white touches to a white bathroom or black if you have one. For an extra touch, consider monogramming your white and black towels. Use black thread on the white and white thread on the black.

Health Club

Instead of bringing your worst towels to the health club to wipe the sweat off your brow, bring good quality white hand towels. They will feel good against your skin and look good next to your attractive workout suit.

Stay Looking Nicer Longer Than Colored

Often white towels stay looking fresher longer than colored towels which often lose their original color over time. You don’t have to use bleach on your white towels, which is harmful to the environment. Try adding vinegar to the wash instead.

 

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.

Mar 172011
 

towels

Hand towels and kitchen towels are coming back in style, thanks to advocates for a greener planet. As one towel design company reported recently, 3,000 tons of paper towels are used each day in the United States alone.

What kind of environmental impact do those 3,000 tons of paper towels have?

Consider that for every ton of paper towels, 17 trees are required and 20,000 gallons of water are used. Try to sop up that water spill, quicker picker upper! Meanwhile, those used towels quickly wind up in the garbage, then into a dump or into a landfill. As paper towels decompose, they release methane gas. Although methane is less well-known than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, some scientists say that too much methane is actually more worrisome than too much carbon dioxide when it comes to the problem of global warming.

How many paper towels do you use?

If you’re like most Americans, you’re using about 3,000 paper towels (that’s towels this time, not tons) just at work alone. That doesn’t count the number of towels you’re using at home.

“But I use recycled towels.”

Good for you! That’s an excellent start, but even towels made out of recycled paper are still responsible for the release of chemicals into the environment, gas into the atmosphere, an extra use of energy, plus more water.

Maybe you should switch to hand towels?

Reusable towels, such as hand towels for your bathroom, kitchen towels, and worn out towels for cleaning purposes, stop the problem of paper towel waste before it starts. Plus, using real towels instead of paper towels will put money back in your pocket as you stop using roll after roll of paper towel.

As you switch over to real towels at home, maybe you can convince the people you work with to switch to real towels at work. A pack of hand towels can be found at a cheap price at most stores. Replace the paper towel dispenser with a basket of hand towels, then add a laundry basket to the office bathroom. It will look better than paper towels, be less noisy than hand dryers, and best of all, you’ll be doing something good for the environment.

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 092011
 

pool1

Before planning pre-wedding celebrations that are hosted at the beach, alongside of a pool, or inside of a hot tub location, remember to order the new soft cotton towels or bathrobes that are needed for this type of event.

Luxurious monogram cotton bathrobes and towels or hand towels are always thoughtful friendship gifts that will be used and appreciated by the special people who were invited to your pre-wedding events. Monogrammed bath towels, terry robes and kimono wraps are reasonably priced gifts that your friends can use daily for years. Unlike the other types of wedding party trinkets, these luxury bath accessories are fun and sensible gifts.

Monogramming normally includes two or three letter choices that represent individual names. For wedding parties, it is possible to have these eco-friendly gifts monogrammed with the texting abbreviations for special favorite friends or laughter. The three spaces provided on an order form for monogrammed bathroom accessories can be used to create towels with scout troop or date numbers and other gifts with unusual meaningful initials.

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?

Feb 012011
 

bath

Luxurious oil-rubbed bronze bath fixtures and spa accessories are very popular consumer products this season. This type of bronze finishing is chemically enhanced to simulate the naturally aged-bronze patinas that are found on items in antique stores and museums. The shapes of these metal products are new and modern in appearance; however, the luxury finishing treatments that are applied on top of the metals can make them appear to be old.

Are the oil-rubbed bronze bathroom fixtures a good value?

The appearance of traditional bronze bars for towels or hooks for robes includes a shiny finish. As bronze ages, the shine deteriorates into a non-glossy darkened surface patina that still includes a shimmering hint of the base-metal colors underneath. New oil-rubbed bronze metals display elegant Turkish bathrobes / towels, common cotton bath towels and all other styles of consumer or industrial linens with excellent stunning visual results.

The best way to describe rubbed-bronze finishes is through a comparison to the luscious variety of browns that are found in chocolate bars. The soft chocolaty surface layer on the oil-rubbed bronze fixtures is often gently illuminated by using copper or a copper-like metal during the manufacturing processes. Consumers everywhere are thrilled with their new shimmering bars for hand towels, hooks for kids’ robes and other types of fixtures.

Value: Interior design experts are always searching for appropriate metal parts and fixtures that are long-life products with an ability to remain fashionable throughout the constantly changing trends in consumer products. Oil-rubbed bronze fixtures will stay fashionable for a long time while they display eco-friendly Egyptian towels, monogrammed towels or waffle bathrobe sets and all manner of terry bathroom products. The new sturdy oil-rubbed bronze bathroom fixtures and accessories are fashionable long-life products.

Jan 052011
 

bath towels

The relationship between people and bath towels is something that has developed over many thousands of years, and possibly the first noteworthy use of the bath towel was when Noah packed at least a hundred of them into his ark and took to the waters with his doves looking for a drier climate.

Noah wasn’t the only biblical figure to place great value on towels, and they also came in handy for the wedding guests and disciples when the water was turned into wine as there was apparently a great deal of spillage. It is, however, fairly certain that Noah and his ilk didn’t have access to quite the abundance of luxury, quality bath and hand towels that are available to us ark-less people today not to mention the soft and luxurious kimono bathrobes, the many-colored eco friendly bath mats and the plush Egyptian cotton kids robes.

It is also a little known – but perfectly true – fact that Queen Cleopatra did not wrap herself up in a carpet when delivering herself to Caesar but that she chose, instead, to wrap herself in a sparkling white waffle bathrobe, complete with monogram and layered with several organic cotton bath towels. Towels of considerable historical significance next surfaced during the Boston Tea Party where they were used to mop up the excess sea-water after the tasteless tea bags had been upended into the harbor by Samuel Adams and his band of merry helpers.

Last but not least must be the tantalizing tale of the terry Turkish bathrobes / towels and how they figured in the creation of the world’s ultimate social network: Facebook. It is a well known fact that, while Mark Zuckerberg walked the corridors of Harvard and worked out the kinks on his worrisome website, he wore nothing but Turkish cotton terry kimono bath robes and snuggled up only to sandstone, coffee and aloe-colored bamboo rayon / Egyptian cotton bathtowels.

Given man’s past association with quality bath towels – not to mention a tubmat or two in the spa – there is literally no telling where this relationship will go next.

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.

Dec 082010
 

towels

Homemade bath salts are luxurious gifts to make for family and friends during the holiday season. When this type of an inexpensive gift is coupled with set of soft Egyptian cotton hand towels, or a few long-fiber organic cotton washcloths, a whole family can enjoy your thoughtful gift as they go about their daily bathing routines.

Ingredients:

  • Bottle or jar with a tight fitting lid
  • Plain Epsom Salts crystals
  • Few drops of perfume or essential oils
  • Few drops of food coloring
  • Gift bath towels or hand towels (optional)
  • Ribbon to match the towel colors (optional)

To start, wash and dry your jar and lid so that they sparkle like new. Fill your container with plain Epsom Salt crystals. Next, pour your crystals into a mixing bowl. Add 3 drops of any food coloring that will complement the color of your chosen bathroom gift. Add 3 to 5 drops of perfume or essential oils. Mix the Epsom Salt with the food coloring and fragrance. Pour the salts back into the jar and tightly cap your homemade luxury gift.

Your jars of tinted homemade bath salts can be packaged with towels, bath mats, robes to give the appearance of a very fashionable gift. When the jars are tied with a piece of ribbon that matches the terry towels or his-and-her bathrobes, the container will be displayed in the bathroom along with your high-quality monogrammed towels. To have a monogram placed onto a hand towel or waffle bathrobe is an inexpensive gesture that will make your bath gift items very special presents for the gift recipients.