Lloyd Randall likes handiwipes for cleaning soap scum.
I like them in the kitchen.
They can be squeezed almost dry with one hand.
They dry pretty fast when hung up, which helps keep them from getting
When squeezed out, they will pick up water almost as completely as a
towel. That makes them good for drying counters or washed items.
You can get most of the grease out of a handiwipe with hot water and
squeezing. That makes them efficient for wiping a lot of grease off a
A handiwipe is perfect for seasoning a skillet. First you wash with a
handiwipe. Then you squeeze it and use it to dry. Then you add a
drop of canola oil to the skillet and wipe it around with the
handiwipe. You can get most of the oil out of the handiwipe by
running hot water on it and squeezing. (Then you salt the pan and
heat. Canola is great for this because it turns to varnish so fast.)
Does everyone love handiwipes? Is there a better choice? So far,
this is a *very* nice thread. Let's not spoil it with foolish
Clorox owns the brand, Handi Wipes. Chicopee Mills invented them in the
1950s. They were the first nonwoven fabric available to consumers.
I think they are rayon. They're good for washing and drying my
"Barbecue Bob and the Spare Ribs" LPs. Some use them instead of
cheesecloth to strain food. They withstand alkalines but not acids or
concentrated bleach. In the food service industry, they last 1 to 3
I don't know. As dishrags, they are good for getting into corners.
They can be squeezed and used damp as towels. The cost about 40 cents
apiece and may last weeks in the kitchen.
It's *so* confusing! Since Chicopee Mills developed Handi Wipes in the
1950s, the brand name has also become a generic term which seems to
include moistened wipes.
I don't know what Chicopee Mills developed the Handi Wipe. About the
time of WWI, the Chicopee Manufacturing Company started up in existing
cotton-mill buildings in Manchester NH. It was known as Chicopee Mills
and closed in 1975.
In 1927, Johnson & Johnson built a mill village near Gainesville GA to
make gauze and bandages. They called it Chicopee Mills. Their J Cloth
was produced there. That Chicopee Mills closed in 1993, but Johnson &
Johnson still has a Chicopee Division.
Another Chicopee Mills, in Milltown NJ, makes the Miracloth. It's a
rayon polyester that laboraties use to filter microbes. Their address
is also listed as NY and La Jolla CA.
The original Chicopee textile mills started in Chicopee MA, originally
part of Springfield, in 1825. They were booming in 1898. I don't know
when they closed.
wrote:> > I like pastry brushes and sponge type wipe ups
i don't like mixing my job cloths. The pastry brush is used for greasing
pans and oiling and milk on pastry then nothing else. The sponge for
worktops and sink. It soaks up the wet more than the wipe. I use wipes for
dirty jobs. I wouldn't want the wipe to get mixed up and then use it for my
sink if it had been used for a toilet.
I cut them in half. Take one half then one paper towel, folded in half, place
in center of handiwipe. Use for Clorox mop - when finished cleaning floor -
throw away paper towel and rinse out Handiwipe. Reuse. The dirt goes into
paper towel and very little is on Handiwipe.
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