Today I'm addressing a very important topic: dish cloths. :) Seriously, though...I have had an issue with the disposable cloths I've been using for years. Back in the day, I discovered I liked using that standard blue variety product for washing dishes because I could 'feel' the dish (and soil) through the weave yet it was strong enough to last. I usually kept a cloth for a couple of weeks and then could move it to the house cleaning bucket and get a fresh one for washing up.
But over the years, those cloths changed. (You can read my post HERE). They no longer held up and turned to what I describe as kitten fur, in a day or two. The formula had altered and it really ticked me off. The fibers cling to knives and plastic cutting boards and they practically disintegrate in your hands. I have tried several brands and varieties and none of them worked any better. Old-style grandma dish rags don't work for me because they are too thick and I can't get them into the tight corners of pans or down narrow wine glasses.
In frustration, I went out to search an alternative. I picked up a pack of cheap terry kitchen cloths because they looked thinner and lighter than a traditional dish cloth but as soon as they got wet, they swelled and were not suitable for me. I also grabbed this pack of Scotch-Brite microfiber Kitchen Cloths and well, we have a winner.
The cloth is strong and textured but fine enough that I can get a good grasp on what I'm washing. They are absorbent but dry quickly, rinse and wring easily, and are safe for all surfaces - the dishes, the counter, the stainless steel appliances, and wood cutting board. They are washable, dryer safe and won't shrink. I'm really happy with these cloths so far and will report how long they last (I'm assuming quite some time!). They were just over $5 for a pack of two. I still miss those original blue disposables but for now, these are a really good solution to my dish washing needs.