The Swedish dishcloth, A.K.A "sponge cloth", is the ultimate dish sponge and paper towel replacement! Clean or dry your counters, appliances, dishes, or (if you're like me) your kiddos hands with these dishcloths. In fact, each cloth can soak up to 15 times its weight in liquid! That's almost 3/4 cup of water per cloth! They are made of 100% natural, non-toxic, plant materials and are naturally antibacterial, so no more stinky dishcloth smell!
This comes in a set of 3 dishcloths: the Barred Owl, the Manatee, and the Gopher Tortoise dishcloth.
Each of these dishcloths can save up to 20 rolls of paper towels. That means less materials in our landfills, less deforestation, and less wasteful water use! To put things into perspective, just in North America, over 50,000 trees and 60,000,000 gallons of water are used EACH DAY to make paper towels. Now you can imagine how 1/3 of our landfills are made up of paper products.
How to use/end of life
Clean up large spills by placing a dry towel on top of the liquid. Allow it to soak up the liquid by slowly moving the cloth in the wet area. For wiping up dirty counters, dampen the cloth and wipe the counters with or without an all-purpose spray or soap.
After use, ring out and hang these dishcloths to dry after each use to prevent mold build up. But not to worry if you forget, simply throw it in the washer or on the top rack of your dishwasher for a quick clean! Although each cloth can last up to a year, it's normal for them to eventually break down or loose some absorbency. Once you're ready to replace your dishcloths, throw them into your compost or bury them in the garden to break down naturally!
70% cellulose (plant fibers) and 30% cotton.
Love this dishcloth. I’ve been using it for over a month. It is super absorbent and cleans up my counter tops and stove with ease. There isn’t any smelly old cloth smell that I typically get after one use from my other dishcloths. This dishcloth is also very sturdy.
I keep my Swedish dishcloth at my kitchen sink and grab it any time I need to wipe the countertops. After preparing meals or when there's a spill, these cloths are perfect for the job. I like to use them to wipe away fridge gunk and clean up coffee grounds that inevitably get left after the hubby makes his morning espresso. When they get stained, I toss them into the laundry or sometimes into the utensil basket of the dishwasher. The cloth I'm using now has been going strong for three months. I've noticed if you allow them to dry overnight, it takes longer for them to start breaking down. I have not needed to buy a single role of paper towels since purchasing these dishcloths.