We recently switched to reusable paper towels called Swedish dishcloths to wash dishes and clean the kitchen, and they’ve been so darn useful. They’re easy to use, effective at cleaning, and help save money since they last so long!
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Reusable Paper Towels
I have a drawer full of kitchen towels that we constantly use and wash, but I still go through a lot of paper towels in our kitchen—and the cost of them can add up so I have been looking for an alternative. We recently had a chance to try out the paper towel alternative known as Swedish dishcloths. These eco-friendly cleaning cloths can be used in all sorts of ways, they’re super absorbent (just like a paper towel!) and they help to cut down on the paper products winding up in your trash can.
These reusable dishcloths are made from biodegradable cellulose sponge and cotton and feel like a cross between a kitchen towel and a traditional sponge. They absorb over 20x their weight and dry incredibly fast. We’ve been using them primarily for washing dishes and wiping down our kitchen counters, though they also work well when dry for scrubbing anything that needs scrubbing.
TIP: You can use the cloth full size, or fold it up into a smaller size according to whatever feels best.
How to Use Swedish Dishcloths Step-by-Step
My 3 year old has been helping me a lot in the kitchen these days and she loves to wash dishes with these reusable paper towels. Here’s our process.
- Wet the dishcloth with water. It start off firm when dry, then becomes soft when it absorbs water.
- Use it with all-purpose spray when wiping down counters.
- To wash dishes, we fill up a big bowl with warm soapy water. Dip the cloth into the water, scrub the dishes, then set aside to rinse.
- Set the clean dishes to dry in the drying rack.
TIP: This is a simple way to teach kids to wash dishes. Just maybe put a few extra towels down to catch any excess water!
Can you disinfect Swedish Dishcloths?
You can! They can go into the dishwasher, into the washing machine, or into the microwave. When disinfecting them in the microwave, you want it to be damp (never dry, which could be a fire hazard), and heat it for 1-2 minutes. It will be hot when it’s done, so use caution. You can read more about all of the ways to clean them here.
How do you store Swedish dishcloths to dry?
Squeeze them out as much as you can to remove all of the extra water, then hang over the towel rack, over the side of your dish rack, or anywhere they have decent air circulation. They dry pretty quickly!
How long do these reusable dishcloths last?
The company says that a package of ten cloths will last about a year. That will obviously depend on how much you use each one and for what, but they are quite durable. And the thing I love about them perhaps the most is that it’s actually really easy to get all of the bits of food off of them, so you don’t have to worry about cheese, dough, or eggs sticking to them!
Best Tip to Stop Using Paper Towels
I’ve found that if you have single use paper towels, you’ll be likely to use them. But if you don’t have any on hand and you set yourself up with alternatives, you will be amazed at how fast you’ll adapt to your new routine. It’s also pretty freeing to know you get to take one item off of your shopping list!
How to Clean the Kitchen Fast
Here’s a quick look at a clean kitchen checklist if you’re looking to get into a more efficient routine with quickly cleaning up the kitchen after meals and snacks with your family.
- Pick up everything off the floor that doesn’t belong in the room.
- Bring all dirty dishes to the sink.
- Wash all dishes with a reusable paper towel and set aside to dry.
- Wipe down the counters.
- Hang up your dishcloth and towels to dry.
- Sweep or vacuum the crumbs.
Watch my toddler show how she washes dishes!
I’d love to hear any feedback or questions you might have on incorporating more reusable cleaning products into your kitchen. Please comment below to share!
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