This Dishcloth is Sweed!

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Take a look at your kitchen sink, go ahead! Over the years, pushy commercials have flashed the next and newest cleaning tools in our faces. Chemically laced sponges, and plastic scrubbers that will last their lifetime sitting in a landfill. Well, there are alternatives, and today, I am going to share with you one of my favorites.

Imagine the love child of your favorite absorbent brand of paper towels and the tough dishcloth you know and love. That baby is called the Swedish Dish Cloth. Developed in Sweden in 1949 these plastic-free eco-friendly alternatives to paper towels, sponges, and more, are a great way to reduce waste one cup of spilled milk at a time. 

What is it made of?

So what is it exactly? Made of cellulose (basically wood and or paper pulp) and post-consumer cotton, these cute clothes are 100% biodegradable. Like in your yard, not in a fancy composting facility. 

How do you use it?

Well, how do use any kitchen cloth? Just like paper towels, they are great for messes, being super absorbent, they can soak up to 20 times their own weight! And just like washcloths, they are great for cleaning dishes, counters, and more! Unlike dishcloths, they dry quickly and don’t retain that stank that dishcloths might. When they need to be freshened up, just toss them in the washing machine or dishwasher. I choose the dishwasher because it is right there in the kitchen! 

Why should you use it?

You may be thinking if this thing is made with basically the same stuff as paper towels, why switch? Well, a Swedish dishcloth can replace paper towels for anywhere from 4 – 6 months, think of how many paper towels you use in the time. Not to mention, are you tossing all of your paper towels outside in the compost? Or just tossing them in the trash? I have a feeling they are landfill-bound. I already mentioned that Swedish dishcloths are biodegradable, but they are easy to compost too. Just toss them in your compost outside and they are broken down in a few weeks. No compost? Just find a nice patch of dirt in the corner of your yard or woods, cover it with some soil and it will disappear in a few months. 

Another obvious reason to use Swedish dishcloths is the patterns! I mean they are frickin’ cute!

I hope that this post was helpful and inspired you to try out a Swedish Dishcloth. Thanks for reading and remembering by learning to live in harmony with the earth, we are working to leave this world a little bit better for generations to come.

Swedish Dishcloth (Multipattern)


REDUCE WASTE with these Swedish dishcloths – they’re sustainable, sturdy, and stylish. Each cloth absorbs 20x its weight, replaces 17 rolls of paper towels. Three Bluebirds will donate 1% of revenue to the Earth for each dishcloth purchased, as a “1% for the Planet” business.

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