What is this thing?
I hear that question a lot at pop-ups. It’s a Swedish Dishcloth, I say knowing I haven't really answered the question.
Swedish Dishcloths are comprised of two main ingredients, plant cellulose and cotton. Cellulose is a structural component of the cell wall of green plants, put simply, its plant fiber.
Plant cellulose is most commonly sourced from wood pulp, manufacturers grind up the wood and extract the cellulose. While it is mainly used to produce paperboard and paper, cellulose also makes up 70% of the Swedish Dishcloth.
But what do you do with it?
Everything! Once wet, the Swedish Dishcloth becomes a flexible sponge—or as my friend once described it, the love child of a paper towel and a sponge. It is flexible, absorbent and durable. Folks use them for everything, most commonly cleaning glass, washing dishes and wiping up spills.
The cotton-cellulose blend makes a durable cloth designed to be washed up to 200 times in the dishwasher or laundry. Be sure they don’t end up in the dryer though, this will dry them out!
One Swedish Dishcloth replaces 17 rolls of paper towels.
I mainly use mine for wiping down the walls, stove, counter, and tabletops. When it gets close to the end of its life, I use it on the floors. When has your Swedish Dishcloth come in handy?