Should I choose linen, half-linen or cotton?
Linen vs half-linen towels
Towel is every kitchen’s indispensable attribute. It is used to wipe hands, dishes and surfaces. The kitchen towel should not only be beautiful, durable and pleasant to the touch, but also must absorb moisture well and remain attractive even after numerous washes.
Due to their durability and hydroscopicity, flax fabric towels are worthy kitchen companions and are the most appropriate for a prudent lady of the house. Raw linen items of natural colors can easily tolerate high temperature washes and boiling. Color textiles, however, should be handled with more care.
• Natural linen and its high durability allow towels to be used over the course of a long time. Linen items will not wear and tear easily, withstanding numerous washes.
• Linen textiles keep their shape wonderfully and retain original color, not fading in the sun and maintaining an attractive appearance for many years.
• Linen towel absorbs moisture and repels impurities.
• Organic linen fabric is pleasant to touch; this slightly rough textile has a massaging effect on hands.
• Linen possesses natural antiseptic properties that extend beyond onto kitchen utensils.
Linen towels are a very gainful purchase - they can withstand up to 300 washes, while ordinary ones can hardly survive 50. Such durability will be greatly enjoyed by families with children, where towels should be washed almost every day. And durability pays off the somewhat higher cost of linen material.
Cotton vs half-linen towels
Half-linen (also called “cotton linen”) towels are composed of linen and cotton - hence their name.
The presence of linen fibers in such fabric creates several advantages of half-linen towels over cotton ones:
• Cotton linen blend fabric towels are pretty durable. Tearing them is much more difficult than tearing cotton towels, but they are inferior to linen towels - for that reason half-linen towels are often used in kindergartens and camps where cotton towels would tear fast.
• Half-linen fabric gets dirty slower than cotton, but faster than 100% linen fabric.
• Half-linen towels absorb moisture and also dry quickly. It is very convenient to use such a well-absorbing towel in any kitchen.
• Linen easily tolerates frequent washings; therefore, half-linen towels do not deform, even if they are washed every day.
• Flax and cotton towels always look presentable. If there was a pattern created at the thread weaving stage of manufacturing, the brightness of those colors will be kept for a very long time without fading in the sun.
• An important advantage of cotton linen fabric over 100% linen is the price; half-linen towels are a bit cheaper.
Cotton towels are very popular. One of the advantages of those products is their safety and low price. Cotton fabric perfectly absorbs moisture, withstands alkali, retains warmth and does not electrify. Environmental friendliness should also be noted. But although cotton towels are made of natural fibers, a lot of pesticides are used in growing of these plants - and this can affect the quality of the material. The cost of "clean" cotton towels is much higher than those on the market.