I don’t know about you, but my kitchen towels get some of the most action of any other textile in my home. They’re constantly being thrown around the counters and floors, being used to clean up all sorts of spills, to dry off pots and pans, and more.

Not only are organic kitchen towels more eco-friendly and healthier for your home, but they also tend to be of a higher quality compared to those cheap kitchen towels made from polyester or other synthetics. Since it’s an item I use SO many times on a daily basis, I personally just feel better overall reaching for my organic kitchen towel.

So, in this article, we’ve rounded up the best kitchen towels for 2024. These are some of our favorite brands for linen, hemp, and organic cotton kitchen towels in each category.

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Featured Image: Coyuchi

Why Are Organic Cotton Kitchen Towels Better?

When it comes to textiles, fabrics that are grown without the use of toxic pesticides are better both for human and environmental health. You can read more about why organic cotton is better for towels in this article.

You’ll also notice some hemp and linen eco-friendly kitchen towels on this list. These are also great options for eco-friendly kitchen and dish towels.

Not only are these two fibers sustainable (they grow fast, have the ability to restore the soil, and don’t require pesticides or a bunch of water), but they’re both also naturally fast-drying and resistant to mold and mildew growth. They also tend to be really strong and durable, so they can hold up for a while in your busy kitchen. Linen can also dry quickly as well.

Plus, like organic cotton, they’re fully biodegradable at the end of their life (as long as there aren’t any synthetic or non-biodegradable dyes or other additives).

To choose our favorite brands from the list below, we’ve also taken some other factors into consideration, like:

  • What third-party certifications do they have?
  • Are they undyed or colored with non-toxic dyes?
  • Where are they made and are they manufactured using ethical, fair trade practices?
  • Are they high-quality and durable?
  • Will they look beautiful in your kitchen?

Oh, and if you’re looking for more disposable kitchen towels, check out this article for the best non-toxic paper towels.

These Are the Best Brands for Natural and Organic Kitchen & Dish Towels

1. Coyuchi (Most Stylish)

  • Price: $58 for a set
  • Made in: India

You’ll notice Coyuchi toward the top of a lot of our guides to eco-friendly and organic home textiles. Not only do they use Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton, but many of their products hold other third-party certifications such as Fair Trade and MADE SAFE.

Their Organic Waffle kitchen towel set comes with 6 textured towels that have a smooth basket weave, which “puckers into a high-performance waffle texture.” Plus they’ve got a loop for easy hanging. You can choose between a few different sets of colors.

coyuchi organic kitchen towels

Their Organic Paperless Towels are another good option. They’re very similar—made out of the GOTS certified organic cotton waffle fabric—but are just marketed more as a paper towel alternative. These ones are mostly undyed (with the exception of the color-coded binding).

Coyuchi’s kitchen collection also includes cloth napkins, organic snack bags, and organic bowl covers!

2. Sur La Table (Most Absorbent)

organic dish towels from sur la table
  • Price: $22 for a set of 2
  • Made in: Turkey

A lot of kitchen towels are on the thinner side. This makes them more lightweight so you can easily move them around the kitchen as you cook, and it also means they dry faster (and prevents moldy smells from invading your kitchen!).

But if you’re looking for a kitchen towel that’s a little more plush, Sur La Table has a great set that’s made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.

This set is available in standard white and gray along with a few bright colors like “Chamomile,” “Sage,” and “Borage.” They also have a set of organic dishcloths, which are very similar but just a smaller size.

3. Rawganique (Best Hemp)

  • Price: $19-25
  • Made in: Europe

Rawganique actually has a pretty large collection of non-toxic and natural towels, and their hemp waffle kitchen towels are a great option.

Unbleached and undyed, these hemp dish towels are completely free from any toxic chemicals. And everything from Rawganique is sweatshop-free, made ethically in Europe and the USA.

In addition to hemp, they also carry hand towels made from linen and organic cotton that come in a variety of sizes and textures, including waffle or basket weave, honeycomb, ribbed, and plush.

4. Full Circle (Most Affordable)

  • Price: $8 for a 2-pack
  • Made in: China

Full Circle carries a few different kinds of organic dishcloths, kitchen towels, and “scrubby cloths,” all of which are available at affordable price points.

Their zero waste “scrubby cloths” are made from a combination of absorbent organic cotton and Japanese washy paper, so one side can help you scrub your dishes clean and the other side is softer. Or if you want a more standard cloth or towel, choose from their colorful, plant-dyed collection.

Full Circle is a Certified B Corp brand and many of their products are responsibly made in China. Most of their packaging is recycled and/or plastic-free, too.

They also carry a lot of other non-toxic and eco-friendly kitchen essentials, too, from pot holders and aprons to dish brushes and food storage bags.

P.S. Public Goods also has a good option for organic dish towels at a budget-friendly price point!

5. Wonder Linen (Best Linen)

  • Price: $8-12
  • Made in: Lithuania

Are these linen kitchen towels not gorgeous? They’re handmade out of 100% linen. You can choose from 10 different sizes, ruffles or no ruffles, and a LOT of different solid colors and stripes.

Wonder Linen carries a lot of other beautiful linen home goods too, from bedding to tablecloths to curtains and more. You can even buy their beautiful linen fabric by the yard for your own project!

6. Pottery Barn (Most Variety)

  • Price: $30+ for a set

As should probably be expected, Pottery Barn carries a lot of different styles, sizes, and colors of dishcloths and kitchen towels.

Some of them are made from conventional cotton, while they also have an organic kitchen towel collection. Whether you’re going for more of a rustic farmhouse vibe, vintage linen, French striped, or simple tea towels, they’ve got options for you.

Some of these give you the option of adding a monogram or personalization, too.

7. Lifekind (Best Made in USA)

made in usa organic cotton kitchen towels
  • Price: $39 for a set of 2
  • Made in: USA

To be honest, it’s pretty darn hard to find kitchen towels that are both organic AND made in the USA. But we did find a nice set from Lifekind!

These made in the USA dish towels are made out of GOTS certified organic colorgrown cotton and are available in sage or tan stripe.

8. Magic Linen (Best Tea Towels)

  • Price: $13
  • Made in: Lithuania

Another great linen towel brand, Magic Linen’s sustainable tea towels are soft, durable, absorbent, stylish, and of course, super practical. They come with a loop so you can easily hang them to dry, too.

Not only are these dish towels made from 100% stonewashed linen that comes from European flax, but they’re OEKO-TEX certified, which means they’re free from potentially harmful chemicals.

They also have a ruffled version, too!

9. Marlee’s Monsters (Best Replacement for Paper Towels)

  • Price: $38 for 12-pack roll
  • Made in: USA

Marley’s Monsters UNpaper® Towels are an awesome sustainable and eco-friendly option compared to regular paper towels. They’re made from super absorbent cotton flannel and can be used over and over again, which means less waste and more savings in the long run.

These sustainable kitchen towels are perfect for tackling any household chore with care! You can use them for all sorts of cleaning tasks, like wiping up spills on any surface area and even washing dishes.

And since they’re completely machine washable, you can simply toss them in with your regular laundry when they need a refresh.

Marlee’s Monsters also has an awesome selection of other reusable products for the home, like cloth napkins, washable sponges, and bowl covers.

The next time you notice your old kitchen towels getting ratting and too-stained-to-save, consider replacing them with one of the eco-friendly and organic brands above. Not only are these sustainable & organic cotton dish towels free from harmful pesticides, but they also tend to be of a higher quality compared to your more “conventional” options.

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About Abbie

Abbie Davidson is the Creator & Editor of The Filtery. With almost a decade of experience in sustainability, she researches and writes content with the aim of helping people minimize environmental toxins in an in-depth yet accessible way.

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