I bought various types of dish towels over the years. None of them (100% cotton or not) would wipe water cleanly. I was frustrated.
But I knew something that would! Old cotton t-shirts. Cleaned every drop of water in a single wipe! So I decided to convert them. And you can too!
Tools: Pinking shears, 2 identical sized pieces of plywood, 4 clamps, old worn cotton t shirts.
The pinking shears were a laugh. I recalled my mom decades ago mentioning to me that they were for making cloth cuts that didn't fray. So I went to a craft store and asked for one. They had no idea what I was describing. The clerk brought me to the fabric expert. She thought they were for decorative cuts. I actually had to demand to know where the scissors were.
I found a pinking shear (Fiskars, good brand). It said right on the package :for non-fraying cuts". I showed it to the "expert". She was surprised.
Where do they find these people? It was a specialty store!
Anyway, I went home with the pinking shears.
I cut 2 pieces of plywood (plywood stays flat) smaller than the T shirts. The identical size is important.
So, I placed a plywood board on a bench (raised for easy rotation).
Clamped them hard on the corners.
Cut around the edges of the plywood...
Voila' - 2 pieces of non-fraying cotton dishtowels...
I am quite pleased with myself.
Besides, I hated the grey T shirts, LOL!
My next project is a mailbox delivery notification device. There are commercial products and some DIY devices I've seen online. I can do better.
UPDATE: Megan asked a good question in her comment (as she so often does): "Why was it so important to you to cut the cloths the same size?"
Answer: It wasn't; it was only an outcome of my process. To explain...
I cut a piece of plywood sized to maximize the area of usable T-shirt (4th picture above, avoiding the seams at the arms and neck). I cut an identical sized piece of plywood in order to hold the T-shirt firmly between the 2 pieces.
I did THAT only so that I could cut cut the cloth easily using the edges of the plywood as a guide.
The result was identical-sized pieces of cloth from each T-shirt . Not important, just the result...
I hope that clarifies things. :)