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Kitchens are made cuter by colorful glassware, kitschy mugs and stunning ceramic dinnerware. But they also tend to be cluttered with not-so-pretty necessitiesâcast iron cookware, sponges, dish towels and the like.
Thereâs little you can do to elevate the appearance of your cast iron cookwareâand perhaps even less when it comes to sponges. But dish towelsâdish towels you have some control over.
Dish towelsâalso known by the inherently more appealing name âtea towelsââare an undeniable must-have.Â Somethingâs gotta help youÂ wash your dishes, clean your countertops and dry your hands.Â Tea towels can serve all three of those purposes, making them a natural addition to any kitchen.
Even better: Tea towels canÂ look good doing all those thingsâan oft-overlooked fact of kitchen shopping. Many home shoppers (myself included) opt for the cheapest-yet-heartiest tea towels they can find, trading fashion for function. But thatâs not necessary. Plenty of retailers offer genuinely cute tea towels that can get the job done when you need them to and dress up your kitchen when you donât.
Want a tea towel that adds a pop of color to your minimalist space? Or makes you smile with a tongue-in-cheek phrase? Or educates you about all your favorite succulents? Me too. All of these thingsâand moreâare currently on offer. You just have to know where to look.
Ahead, youâll find 21 truly delightful tea towels that are equal parts cute and practical. Use these to clean your dishesâand brighten your spaceâand pop them in the washing machine when theyâre getting dirty. They should pop out good as new.
Get your crystal fix every time you step into your kitchen.
Mineralogie tea towel, $13 at Paper Source
Equal parts hearty and cute.
Woven geo dishcloths, $24 at Anthropologie
Perfect for vino lovers who keep a clean kitchen.
Greetings from Lake Wine dish towel, $11 at Blue Q
Simple, cute, practicalâneed I say more?
Red stripe kitchen towels, $8 at World Market
A tea towel that knows you better than you know yourself.
Long Romantic Fridge Walks dish towel, $11 at Blue Q
Infuse your space with succulents without expending energy trying to keep them alive.
Succulents tea towel, $13 at Paper Source
Canât argue with that.
I donât even know what to say about this oneâother than: Itâs adorable, and Iâm obsessed with it.
Palace Portrait dish towel, $18 at Anthropologie
Not gonna lie, this oneâs hanging on my oven right now.
Get the Hell Out of My Kitchen dish towel, $11 at Blue Q
So is this one.
Bitch I Am the Secret Ingredient dish towel, $11 at Blue Q
Pom-poms are having a moment, K?
Sandira dish towels, $24 at Anthropologie
Basically art in tea towel form.
Crane Chinoiserie kitchen towel, $4 at World Market
If the message on this tea towel rings true, you might not have any dishes to do. But itâs still worth having around for decorative purposes. (And youâve gotta clean your countertops with something, right?)
My Safe Word dish towel, $11 at Blue Q
The more prints, the merrier.
Bodrum dish towels, $28 at Anthropologie
For the cat lovers among us.
Multicolor cats kitchen towel, $6 at World Market
A tea towel that speaks for itself.
Clusterfuck dish towel, $11 at Blue Q
Cute enough to brighten a space. Subtle enough not to overpower it.
Baker Stripe dish towels, $20 at Anthropologie
Cute and kitschy at the same damn time.
I Go All the Way dish towel, $11 at Blue Q
For shoppers who spend the entire year dreaming of springâor, you know, people who just like flowers.
Fleurs tea towel, $13 at Paper Source
Pro tip: The Blue Q tea towels in this roundup pair particularly well together.
Humans Are My Side Bitch tea towel, $11 at Blue Q
So cute it might make washing the dishesÂ fun.
Paint + Petals dish towel, $18 at Anthropologie