Every kitchen can't do without tea towels, or maybe I should say every cook can't do without one. You can dry flatware or your hands with this, mop up any spills, handle hot pots & pans, cover appliances and pots with it to prevent splattering. At the end of the busy cooking day, just drop it into the dishwasher or washing machine to clean.
I usually buy one from every place I vacation at, so my kitchen is a hodgepodge of different patterns. Some even come with recipes, how convenient.