One blogsite turned them into curtains. Source: Live Laugh Rowe.Source:Supplied
One blogsite turned them into curtains. Source: Live Laugh Rowe.Source:Supplied

The best 49 cents you’ll ever spend on your home

IT'S the dream for any household appliance, decoration or accessory - cheap but still effective.

And that's why this bargain buy for under $1 is taking the internet by storm, according to Kidspot.

It's IKEA's TEKLA tea towel, which sells here for just 49 cents (almost half the price it sells for in the US).

The 100 per cent cotton kitchen item can be re-purposed, according to thrifty online users, with some using it as a place setting napkin, while others turn them into curtains.

"They might not be the prettiest ... but they are the most useful"

While there are no reviews currently for the tea towel on the Australian site, the Swedish homewares store has plenty of happy customers Stateside.

According to posters, the cotton weave becomes more absorbent after a handful of washes, as opposed to many kitchen towels which can end up the other way around.

One mum says she has previously "cut them in half and used them to wash up babies after meals."

The loop on the tea towel comes in handy at the gym, according to one customer. Source: IkeaSource:Supplied
The loop on the tea towel comes in handy at the gym, according to one customer. Source: IkeaSource:Supplied

While another user says she keeps her greens fresher in the fridge longer by using this towel.

"I wet the towel and wring it out as thoroughly as I can, then wrap the greens in the towel and place on a refrigerator shelf," Dobemom wrote.

"The greens stay crisp quite a while this way. They might not be the prettiest towels in the kitchen, but they are the most useful."

One gym bunny confessed: "with the loop it comes in very handy at the gym to make sure only dry bottles get packed into the bag after one's shower."

Some people have used a dye to turn the white towel into a coloured napkin to use at the dinner table. Source: MarthaStweart.comSource:Supplied
Some people have used a dye to turn the white towel into a coloured napkin to use at the dinner table. Source: MarthaStweart.comSource:Supplied

Getting crafty

Many websites have worked out how to get crafty with the cheap cotton cloth to create a range of other things.

Blog Red Red Completely Red has a step-by-step instruction manual on turning the tea towel into little bags for kids toys.

One blogger gave readers a step-by-step instruction guide on how to turn the tea towel into bags for kids toys. Source: Red Red Completely RedSource:Supplied
One blogger gave readers a step-by-step instruction guide on how to turn the tea towel into bags for kids toys. Source: Red Red Completely RedSource:Supplied

While Martha Stewart's home styling website has advice on how to switch them up with a little dye, "making them pretty enough to use as napkins".

According to the Crafts Editor, Silke Stoddard, it's "as easy as running a load of laundry".

Meanwhile, blog Live Laugh Rowe has an easy way to turn the 65cm sheet into a curtain, albeit shorter than normal.

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