02/09/2012 08:47 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

How To Be Organized: Choosing Dish Towels

Choose linen over cotton for drying dishes. Linen, an organic fiber woven from flax, is stronger, more absorbent, and lasts longer than cotton. A lint-free fiber, linen is better for drying glassware, dishes, and utensils. Dish towels of 100 percent linen will become softer and more supple with use and washing. One downside: linen is more vulnerable to mildew, so make sure to lay towels flat or hang to dry after each use.

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