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Old 05-29-2018, 12:18 PM
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I'm pretty sure there is already an old thread on this topic, but I think it's been a while.

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I have a nice white towel in my kitchen, used specifically for drying. They don't make them anymore, and I haven't found one I like nearly as much. So I'm protective of it. And since I only use it for drying, that means I'm only using it on stuff I've already cleaned. So it's easy to launder, because it generally doesn't get stains in it.

However, I have to remember to hide the thing any time we have guests, because inevitably, some idiot will use it to clean up the worst, most staining spill possible. I never catch them at it, so I haven't figured out who it is.

I'd been doing a better job of hiding it, but forgot when we hosted a family party yesterday. Sure enough, it has black and red spots all over it. I'm trying to figure out how they managed to even find something black to clean.

I mean, we have paper towels VERY near the same place where I keep this towel. Why in the world wouldn't they use those for something sure to stain?
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Old 05-29-2018, 12:24 PM
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I mean, we have paper towels VERY near the same place where I keep this towel. Why in the world wouldn't they use those for something sure to stain?
Because they think it's more "Green" to clean up with a re-useable towel than a disposable one, and can't conceive that you might actually go to the trouble to bleach a towel.

Just a guess.
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I hear ya on the towel... I have two towels hanging from the bar on the oven door, one specifically for drying clean items and one for everything else (e.g. drying clean hands). It drives me crazy to see people (sometimes my spouse, whom I know I've mentioned this "rule" to) using the "clean items" towel to dry their hands.

Also: when guests put dirty dishes in my sink, bonus angry points if there is water in any of those dishes (e.g. dumping a bunch of silverware in a glass and then either filling it or letting running water accumulate in the glass). The dishwasher is right next to the sink, and the sink is always empty and clean, hint hint. It's more of a nasty mess to handle dishes/utensils placed in the sink that way than to just put them directly in the dishwasher. Ugh.

Finally: when the neighbors park their car on the street in front of my house. Bonus angry points if they don't use the space in front of their own house. I know it's a public street, but we all have two-car garages, a driveway, and space for one car in front of our houses. Stay in your own space.
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I hear ya on the towel... I have two towels hanging from the bar on the oven door, one specifically for drying clean items and one for everything else (e.g. drying clean hands). It drives me crazy to see people (sometimes my spouse, whom I know I've mentioned this "rule" to) using the "clean items" towel to dry their hands.
See, I don't mind when they use this drying towel for drying clean hands. Clean hands and clean items are both ... clean. So I don't worry about the impact on the towel. But you do. Maybe there's something I'm not thinking about that I should be?
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Also: when guests put dirty dishes in my sink, bonus angry points if there is water in any of those dishes (e.g. dumping a bunch of silverware in a glass and then either filling it or letting running water accumulate in the glass). The dishwasher is right next to the sink, and the sink is always empty and clean, hint hint. It's more of a nasty mess to handle dishes/utensils placed in the sink that way than to just put them directly in the dishwasher. Ugh.
YES! I finally implemented a new rule: Don't clean up after yourself. It will take me less time if you just leave everything as is. They finally have consented. It drives them crazy.

So I finally showed them yesterday just how fast I go when they do leave things out. They were kind of blown away. I'm fast and efficient because my wife and I have figured out a system.

So now they believe me that I am not just being polite when I ask them not to clean up. I wouldn't have done that with anybody but family.
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I hear ya on the towel... I have two towels hanging from the bar on the oven door, one specifically for drying clean items and one for everything else (e.g. drying clean hands). It drives me crazy to see people (sometimes my spouse, whom I know I've mentioned this "rule" to) using the "clean items" towel to dry their hands.

Also: when guests put dirty dishes in my sink, bonus angry points if there is water in any of those dishes (e.g. dumping a bunch of silverware in a glass and then either filling it or letting running water accumulate in the glass). The dishwasher is right next to the sink, and the sink is always empty and clean, hint hint. It's more of a nasty mess to handle dishes/utensils placed in the sink that way than to just put them directly in the dishwasher. Ugh.

Finally: when the neighbors park their car on the street in front of my house. Bonus angry points if they don't use the space in front of their own house. I know it's a public street, but we all have two-car garages, a driveway, and space for one car in front of our houses. Stay in your own space.
Your neighbors have probably come to realize that you won't need the space for guests.
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I hear ya on the towel... I have two towels hanging from the bar on the oven door, one specifically for drying clean items and one for everything else (e.g. drying clean hands). It drives me crazy to see people (sometimes my spouse, whom I know I've mentioned this "rule" to) using the "clean items" towel to dry their hands.
Are the two towels clearly labeled somehow? Do they look different in a way that one exudes "items" while the other hollers "hands"?
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Because they think it's more "Green" to clean up with a re-useable towel than a disposable one, and can't conceive that you might actually go to the trouble to bleach a towel.

Just a guess.
Oo, I'll bet you're right. My wife thinks her sister may be the culprit, and she is more concerned with doing the green thing than most. But, yeah, she's not considering the fact that I would bleach the towel to keep it white.
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I mean, we have paper towels VERY near the same place where I keep this towel. Why in the world wouldn't they use those for something sure to stain?
Because kitchen towels are there to be used. Why would I use a paper towel when you have a nice kitchen towel handy-by?

When I'm handling raw meat, I do use a paper towel for the "cleaning my hands enough to grip the knife properly, but probably not sanitizing them" drying. and i mostly use sponges, not towels to clean up spills. But I have a stack of kitchen towels. If one needs to be laundered, into the shoot it goes, and I'll pull out another. It wouldn't have occurred to me that you were trying to keep this one pristine.

Have you mentioned that to your relatives? Because I'd be respectful of your towel if you asked me to, but if you didn't ask, it would NEVER occur to me that you'd care.
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