I cannot stand dingy dish cloths!
I chucked all my old white ones and bought colored ones ($2.99 for a bundle of 12 at TARGET).
This reminded me of something Suzie says,
"Don't wash towels with fabric softener!"
What!?!?!? (you are thinking) But I want soft fluffy bath towels!
The tale goes something like this: Fabric softener will leave a waxy build up on the fibers of the towel that will make them less adsorbent over time.
Yes folks, this is true.
But don't fret.
Suzie also says, "If you are going to use fabric softener just strip your towels every 3-6 months or so by washing them on hot hot hot."
(FYI You'll notice it more with your dish towels, dish cloths and washcloths. I rarely use softener with those.)