Jenny, where would one find a flour sack towel? Do you start with a flour sack or are they sold as towels? Not sure I have ever seen these, but I am curious. I also find bandanas useful for most of these purposes (but I have never dried off on one after a shower). :)
They are sold as towels and available almost everywhere including amazon.com
The best price I have found though is at Walmart- 5 for $5.00 I am almost certain the cotton was not sustainable harvested and is not organic :( - but very affordable.
They are thicker than bandanas and larger- and when I say perfect size for the things I mentioned- they really are!!
I discovered accidentally that microfiber towels must actually be [gasp!] plastic, because when I used one as a potholder, it melted! [I've long suspected that we're eventually going to find out that microfiber is bad for us, and the melting further convinced me.]
So I will have to try these towels. Not sure if I'm brave enough to use white, though... :)
Highly intrigued by the possibility of being able to use one type of towel for everything (kitchen, hand, bath) and thus never having to sort towels again (a chore I hate, for some reason), I ordered some of the extra large/jumbo towels (32"x38"). The regular size, although larger than a bandana, still seemed a bit too small for a bath towel...
I have just rediscovered flour sack towels.... they totally take me back to my childhood. My Grandmother and Aunts all had dozens of them in their homes and used them for everything you mentioned. :) I bought some at walmart I think 4 for $4 and change. But just found them at Target 4 for just under $4. I LOVE them and took some and cut into fourths and sewed the edges and am using them in place of paper towels.
They make me smile!
Please please please do NOT support WalMart. They have the worst ethics and employee practices. I found 10 flour sacks at Ross of all places for $7. I have had them for 7 years now and they are still in amazing shape.
Just an update--very happy with the extra large/jumbo size. They are a bit rough, which wouldn't seem to be appealing, but it just feels like a good exfoliant! Keeping a few bath towels for guests; the rest are going into the donations box. :)