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.

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 182011
 

Bamboo Towels

If you’re interested in luxury bath linens, you’ve probably heard about bamboo towels, and you wonder what all the fuss is about. You see that articles and ads of bamboo bath and kitchen products popping up all over. Why are bamboo towels becoming more and more popular?

When we finish with our shower or bath, we want a soft towel. Bamboo towels and bathrobes are naturally soft, and therefore, feel great on the skin. In addition, bamboo towels and robes are absorbent, even more so than cotton. And each time you use them, they get even more absorbent.

One fundamental reason for their popularity is because bamboo towels were advertised as naturally antibacterial due to their fibers. These ads were especially for newborn babies or people with sensitive skin or medical conditions, such as ringworm or athletes foot.

According to some sellers, due to the fact that bamboo towels are antibacterial and sustainable, they are also eco-friendly. Most people are interested in protecting and saving the environment, so many people thought that buying bamboo towels is one way to do that.

A bamboo plant can grow several feet in one day during its season. Therefore, they are easy to restore. The downside to using bamboo is that it is imported, and there are chemicals needed to make bamboo into towels. Bamboo fibers are hard by nature and they need to be processed with chemicals to make soft bamboo rayon from them. When bamboo becomes bamboo rayon, it is not antibacterial any more. Experts agree that when it comes to environmentally friendly options, the use of bamboo rayon as a textile fiber does not qualify.

Although they don’t qualify as antibacterial or eco-friendly, they absorb more water and they are softer than cotton towels. Quality continues to be one of the best ways to get the most out of your money. Bamboo towels are towels of quality. Yes, they cost more, but their construction is better and they last for a long time. Therefore, it is money well spent.  However, make sure you buy your bamboo towels from a company you can trust. Imitations exist in a variety of ways, and the same can happen to bamboo towels.