Friday, March 20, 2009

Fudge Colored Towels??

David Sedaris is one of my favorite authors. His autobiographical work is hilarious! My favorites are Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked. I have the audiobook for Naked and we used to listen to it a lot while travelling. My step-daughter got a big kick out of the story "The Drama Bug." Of course there were several sections that really were not appropriate for children, so we always skipped those...

One of our other big favorites is "True Detective." Sedaris talks about how his mother and sister really got into this detective show and would attempt to solve all the neighborhood crimes. But when there was a mystery going on in their house they were incapable of solving it... The mystery was that one of the kids (I think there were 5?) were wiping themselves with towelsin the bathroom, which happened to be fudge colored, and then putting them back as if they were unused. Yuck! :) But all sorts of hilarity ensues in the story.

What always bothered me about the story was that I just couldn't grasp the fact that someone would actually have fudge colored towels in their bathroom. What an awful color! Most bathrooms are decorated in light colors and the towels are generally in a matching light color.

Of course this was before I had any children full time. We had our step-daughter on the weekends and holidays. But once we had 2 girls washing their hands after using the bathroom and before meals and bedtime... I very soon realized exactly why someone would have fudge colored towels in their bathroom! Especially someone with 5 children!

Within a couple of weeks all of my light colored hand towels had very dark gray stains on them. And I'm just not good with stain removal... So I went right out and bought a bunch of dark colored hand towels for the bathroom. Not fudge colored though... I just couldn't bring myself to go there ;)

So there's a hint for all of you who may soon have little hand washers... put the pretty and light colored "guest" hand towels in a place too high for the kids, and use dark colored hand towels for the children :)

10 comments:

Jenn said...

I have dark towels for that very reason ! I was sick of the stains from grubby hands !

Hattie said...

I'm guilty of having dark brown towels. I wouldn't call them fudge colored.That just doesn't sound right, especially in the bathroom!!!!

Kaci-Ellyphant said...

Ugh I need to switch mine but am too cheap. LOL!

Rima said...

I remember that story! It was awesome. But I think everyone had fudge colored towels in the 70s, no?

Cascia said...

That is a great idea. My light colored towels all have stains on them.

Suzie said...

I have fudge colored towels too. I love them but they make me hungry

Momisodes said...

Sage advice indeed :)

I heard chocolate brown in decor has made a comeback!

honeywine said...

I go the other route and get nothing but white towels and other linens including a sofa cover that I use sometimes. I just throw it all in the washer with some bleach and leave the lid up (my automatic washer doesn't drain for the rinse cycle until the lid goes down). The next time I wander through I turn the dial on the washer back to 14 minutes and put the lid down. It's like a rough pre-soak process. Keeps everything bright and white a long time, but yeah, they eventually do end up spotty.

Nut Nut said...

Our light colored handtowels are looking really gross - but it's my husband and I's fault and not Mateo's - yet. Good idea though. I have some med. colored towels, but it might be time to buy some more so those are the ones Mateo can only get his paws on.

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