I realize that not everyone has the wherewithal or fortitude to accrue a huge stack of dishcloths. Enough that you can use a fresh one every day. This is clearly the ideal, but hey, life happens.
As does Dishcloth Funk, alas. Dishcloth Funk is when your dishcloth smells nasty as soon as it gets damp, even if it’s fresh from the laundry.
But I have a new solution for Dishcloth Funk: Pine-Sol. THE ORIGINAL, NOT ONE OF THE SCENTED FLAVORS. That’s an important distinction, because only the original has pine oil (which is what kills the germs). And the other scents aren’t cleared for laundry use.
Add half a cup of original Pine-Sol to your wash. Presto, shiny clean dishcloths, free of funk. And once they go through the dryer, the Pine-Sol smell doesn’t linger.
They come out the other end all fresh and new and ready for some super-Photoshoppy wedding photography-style gauzy romantic close-up action. As it should be.
I have mixed feelings about using Pine-Sol. It isn’t the greenest cleaner out there. The MSDS [PDF] lists sodium petroleum sulfonates as one of the ingredients, and the less petroleum in our lives, the better. But pine oil is what does the heavy lifting, which is pretty awesome.
The kicker is that it works so darn well. I can’t use bleach on dishcloths for obvious reason. (And I can’t use bleach anyway, because I have never once NOT ONCE used bleach without splashing it on my clothes.) I have tried adding vinegar to the wash, but it didn’t knock out the Dishcloth Funk.