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Swedish Dishcloth vs. Paper Towels

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Swedish Dishcloth vs. Paper Towels

In most kitchens across the country, you’ll find single-use paper towels and plastic-based sponges. Those who do use dishcloths in the kitchen often use them as decorations more than functional cleaning products.

But what if we told you that there’s a better way to use your dishcloths? Or that our EcoRoots Swedish dishcloths are designed to absorb like the sponges that you’re used to and wipe like the cloths hanging from the stove handle?

For an eco-friendly, versatile, streak-free, and lint-free kitchen cleaning experience, you need a Swedish dishcloth in your kitchen. It’s time to reduce your waste and say goodbye to single-use paper towels and plastic-based sponges!

What is a Swedish dishcloth?


Our dishcloths are reusable and made of 70% natural cellulose and 30% cotton, making them sustainable and environmentally friendly. Traditional dishcloths are primarily made from large amounts of cotton and synthetic microfibers that seep into our water supplies and oceans and wreak havoc once there.

The small amount of cotton and the high percentage of natural materials makes Swedish dishcloths biodegradable. And since they’re made from natural fibers from wood pulp, they’re easy to sanitize and use again and again, too.

The Benefits of Using a Swedish Dishcloth

The primary benefit of using a Swedish dishcloth instead of a traditional one is that it is made with materials that are better for the environment than paper towels and sponges. While this might be the primary reason that people buy them the first time, the list of benefits doesn’t stop there.

Swedish dishcloths are sturdy enough to act as a sponge and absorbent enough to act as a cleaning cloth. They absorb much more water than other kitchen products, and when you ring them out, they’re already nearly dry again. In fact, they can absorb almost 16 times their weight and air dry quickly without breeding bacteria or creating funky odors.

Sponges, on the other hand, tend to stay wet no matter how much or how often you squeeze them out, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Even if you wash them regularly, they tend to get dirty and germy quickly, lasting only a couple of weeks at a time.

While paper towels eliminate the worry of harboring bacteria in the kitchen, they’re only single-use however you use them, making them horrible for the environment. More than 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used and tossed away each year in the United States alone. We all know that there must be a better way, and we believe that Swedish dishcloths are that better way.

How to Use Your Swedish Dishcloth


We all know how important it is to keep our kitchens clean. After all, who wants germs, bacteria, and food crumbs spread carelessly around the area where they prepare and eat their meals? Thankfully, our dishcloths can be used to clean most areas of your kitchen.

And they’re reusable, so you can rinse them out and move on to the next spot without missing a beat. Use them to wipe down the countertops and stove, clean out the sink, dry dishes, wipe down the shelves and drawers in the fridge, and just about any other kitchen cleaning task you can think of.

They’re easy to use like regular dishcloths; dampen them just a bit to soften them up, add a little soap if you need it, and get started! When you’re done, or halfway through if you’re cleaning something particularly dirty, rinse it out with water.

Like regular dishcloths and sponges, Swedish dishcloths can get pretty dirty after a deep cleaning session. But not to worry, you don’t need to throw yours away and start fresh. These eco-friendly alternatives are easy to get nice and clean again. And not just once, you can clean and reuse your dishcloths dozens or even hundreds of times.

There are quite a few different ways to get them clean, too. Below is a full list and instructions for each method. Any one will do the trick; it all depends on your preference. If you’re not sure which cleaning method to start with, just pick the first one and try it out. If you don’t like the results, try the next one on the list until you find the one that works best for you.

How to Clean Your Cloth

You have a few different options when it comes time to clean up your Swedish dishcloth. First, you can throw it in the dishwasher with your dishes. With a little bit of detergent, it’ll come out looking good as new! Free from bacteria, germs, and food particles, you’re ready to start fresh.

You can also sanitize your wet dishcloth in the microwave. That’s right, your microwave is not just for zapping leftover lasagna! Just pop the cloth in for one or two minutes, depending on the strength of the appliance. The heat radiating from inside will kill the bacteria.  

A warning for microwave sanitizing: make sure the cloth is a bit damp when you put it in. Otherwise, it may catch. Proceed with caution when it’s time to take it back out because it will be hot to the touch, but it will also be good as new.

And now for the third option for cleaning your eco-friendly dish towel. If the dishwasher or microwave doesn’t appeal to you, other eco-friendly shoppers swear by popping them into the washing machine for a cycle with your clothes or other towels. While this is an effective way to get them clean, just be aware that they might shrink a bit.

Like the washing machine, a boiling pot of water will also do just fine. Whichever option you choose, remember to let them dry naturally. Lay them out flat to air dry after each clean to prolong their life, as a cycle in the dryer might break them down beyond repair.

How to Dispose of Your Dishcloths When You’re Done

Unlike single-use paper towels and soggy sponges, our zero waste dishcloths are 100% compostable, and one dishcloth can easily last six months. Just wash them out and use them over and over again to save money and protect our environment.


Once you’re convinced that there’s no life left in your dishcloth, simply compost it in your backyard or throw it on top of any compost bin. Since they’ll end up being recycled into plant fertilizer, you can feel good about the fact that your kitchen cleaning products aren’t ending up in a landfill.

The Perfect Alternative to Single-Use Paper Towels and Soggy Sponges

While most people buy them to use in the kitchen, Swedish dishcloths are becoming more popular in other areas of the house, too. Because they’re so absorbent, easy to clean and reuse, and eco-friendly, there are plenty of ways to make good use of them.

Use your alternative dishcloth to clean the bathroom by applying a detergent or soap and scrubbing the sink, shower, and other areas. Use them to wipe down walls and furniture, give the car a good wash, or wipe down the windows.

Our dishcloths are proven to be streak-free and lint-free, so they’re perfect for getting the glossy shine you want on your windows, glasses, and fish tanks. That means no more streaky, linty, or inconsistent window washing with paper towels or flimsy traditional dishcloths.

In every room of the house, our eco-friendly Swedish dishcloths give you a healthier, easier, and more thorough clean. It’s time to leave our old cleaning methods and products in the past and upgrade to sustainable cleaning methods and products that we can be proud of.

Wrap Up and CTA

Our Swedish dishcloths are eco-friendly, versatile, affordable, durable, reusable, super absorbent, and more sanitary than traditional dishcloths and sponges. They’re compostable, dishwasher and washing machine safe, and our shipping is plastic-free, too. What’s not to love?

When you’re ready to make the switch to our eco-friendly dishcloths, we have several different prints to choose from. They’re not just highly functional, but they’re nice to look at, too! You can choose from six fun and bright prints in our regular collection: spring chicken, cat lover, fresh herbs, flower patch, daisies, and turtles.

But we also have a holiday dishcloth collection for when you’re feeling more festive. The options for that one include Christmas trees, holly, sunflowers, and hearts. Visit our website now to grab your favorites, and be sure to shop the rest of our home and kitchen collection while you’re there, too!

Our zero waste customers loving buying these dishcloths with our natural loofah (learn more about natural loofah here) and dish scrubber for a well-rounded and eco-friendly cleaning kit. The transition into an eco-friendly lifestyle and home can be made with one swap at a time. Join us on our journey to do better for the planet, the environment, and ourselves.

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