Last year I decided to go paperless in our kitchen and stopped buying paper towels and paper napkins. I pulled out the cloth napkins and put them on the counter. And most importantly, I introduced my family to kitchen towels.
I purchased most of my napkins in after holiday clearance sales. Some I made myself by cutting up an old table cloth and hemming the edges. They are brightly colored with fall and Christmas colors, so I have not had a problem with stains. I am not going to swear that they don’t have stains, but if they have stains I haven’t noticed them.
I don’t want the dirty napkins and damp towels molding the other dirty laundry, so I put a separate bucket in the laundry room for them to sit in until they can be washed. If they smell a little mildewy, I add 1/2 cup vinegar to the wash. It always takes care of the odor.