Fend Off Kitchen Germs with Linen Towels

Few chefs want to cook within a dirty kitchen, yet the worst grime may be the one unseen: germs.

Bacterial organisms love to grow on surfaces touched by such things as uncooked meat, eggs, and moisture - all frequently found within a kitchen. Thus, chefs both amateur and professional often wash their hands and surfaces with an appropriate solution, wiping them down afterward to finalize the cleanse. But that’s where the problem lies. Most kitchen towels are made from cotton, an absorbent material that must be thoroughly cleaned in order to stem off such germs found within the kitchen. Ask yourself, how often do you fully clean your kitchen towels? Once a week? Maybe twice? That’s still enough time for germs to sit within the fabric and multiply, putting you at risk of ingesting those nasty little buggers.

So what can you do?

The answer is simple: replace your cotton kitchen towels with linen ones.

The Antibacterial Effects of Linen

As one of the oldest known fabrics used by mankind, linen has a history of being reliable, dependable, and functional. More importantly, linen has natural antibacterial properties, which means that it doesn’t provide germs with an ideal breeding environment. This slows the growth of bacteria, ensuring that you and your work station remain as clean as possible. Plus, instead of a towel ripe with icky germs, you have a towel that is always ready for wiping down a surface or hands. But that’s just the tip of this linen iceberg. In addition to its antibacterial trait, linen ranks among the most durable, softest fabrics.

The Tactile Effects of Linen

For whatever reason, linen still has a stigma of being uncomfortable to the touch. People claim that it’s rough and sandpaper-like, but it all depends on the quality of linen and how it is used.

Rochester Mercantile kitchen towels are stonewashed for softness, and actually becomes softer and more durable overtime. Right from the beginning you’ll feel a fresh sensation against your skin, and you’ll know that it will only continue to become even more enjoyable to touch. And as any chef will tell you, working in the kitchen wears on the hands. It creates calluses, burns, cuts, and a slew of other detrimental skin effects, which is why it’s crucial to have a towel ready to provide some sensational enjoyment while wiping up dishes.  

Surprisingly Super Absorbent

In addition to the aforementioned traits, linen also has a surprisingly high capacity for absorbing liquid. Our linen can be used anywhere. One quick swipe across any wet surface and it’s like the liquid wasn’t there at all.

Moreover, linen doesn’t hold onto that liquid as if its life depends on it. It sheds the water as easily as it sheds dirt and grime. Which contributes to linen’s antibacterial qualities, as the lack of liquid hinders germ growth. Whether you’re a professional chef or just a kitchen hobbyist, there’s nothing more important than a kitchen towel capable of keeping up with your antibacterial demands, and our linen kitchen towels have everything needed to accompany chefs into any kitchen.