The cellulose dishcloth, sponge cloth, or more commonly known as the Swedish dishcloth, can be your new home essential. Replace your one time use paper towels, sponges, and your cotton dishcloths by making this environmentally friendly switch without compromising usability. Let’s break down what makes Swedish dishcloths so special.
Swedish dishcloths were invented in 1949 by Swedish engineer, Curt Lindquist, when he discovered that a mixture of cellulose and cotton absorb liquids better when combined together. It grew in popularity ever since, though it is less common in Indonesia. The higher fabric of cellulose is the magic material in making Swedish dishcloths the way they are, highly absorbent, durable, and eco-friendly, being 100% biodegradable and natural. They have the same functionality as your usual dishcloths or towels, though the material differs them from the rest. It’s also less prone to bacteria, unlike sponges, these dishcloths are thin making it easier to be fully clean and dry faster, which doesn’t give bacteria much time to grow. They can be washed and cleaned over and over again, and are durable enough for you to do so. One Swedish dishcloth can even be used for up to a year. By making the switch, you are also saving money in the long run.
How do you use a Swedish dishcloth? The first time you get it, it will have a stiff feel. You can use it as it is and place it directly on any spillage, or you can dip it in water first. By doing this, it will activate a spongier side of the Swedish dishcloth and make it easier to maneuver when cleaning a surface. Any way you choose according to your needs, there’s no doubt in the versatility of Swedish dishcloths. It can be used to clean almost any type of surface including fragile dishes, pick up spillage, and many more.
Now that you know the benefits of using a Swedish dishcloth, it’s your turn to make this eco-friendly switch and feel the difference yourself.