The Swedish dish cloth was one of Sweden’s best kept secrets for decades, but this amazing dishcloth is now helping to keep American kitchens clean and spot-free!
So what exactly is a Swedish Dishcoth?
Back in 1949, Swedish engineer Curt Lindquist blended natural cellulose and cotton to create the world’s first dish cloth capable of holding 15 times its own weight. Swedish dish cloths eventually made their way around the globe to Clover Gift Shop, where we have added our own special flair.
Why are Swedish dish cloths better than paper towels?
Swedish dish cloths can do everything a regular dish cloth or paper towel can do, but Swedish dish cloths can do it better.
Unlike traditional linen cloths that barely hold their weight, Swedish dish cloths are as absorbent as a sponge but dry out quickly, like a towel. The best Swedish dish cloths contain 70 percent cellulose and 30 percent cotton, a combination that offers absorbency, quick drying times, and durability. This blend allows the dish cloth to absorb 15 to 20 times its own weight and last up to one year with regular disinfection.
Swedish dish cloths will become your hands-down favorite when it comes to cleaning up messes. In fact, you might even ditch the linen cloths and paper towels forever. Just one Swedish dish cloth can replace up to 17 rolls of paper towels, which is incredibly important when you consider that 3,000 tons of paper towels end up in landfills in the United States every day. You can even toss your spent Swedish dish cloths in your composter to further reduce the burden on landfills. Swedish dish cloths make your world a better place, even when you are done using them! Swedish dish cloths will likely replace your sponges too. Kitchen sponges are notoriously bacteria-ridden and difficult to clean.
How to clean Swedish dishcloths
Swedish dish cloths are easy to clean – simply toss them in the dishwasher, washing machine, or a pot of boiling water. You can even put a little water on it and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- Adding a quarter-cap of bleach to the laundry is fine, as is spraying your Swedish dish cloth with a 20/80 solution of bleach and water.
- Avoid soaking your Swedish dish cloth in bleach for too long, though, as the bleach can break down the fibers of the cloth.
While a Swedish dish cloth may not be the most expensive thing you will add to your kitchen, it can be the most useful. After you use your first Swedish dish cloth, you may never go back to linen cloths or paper towels again!
Check out all of our Swedish Dish cloths in a wide variety of designs!
We have a great selection of Swedish dish cloths available for sale on our website. They all come from Three Bluebirds which is an awesome company that believes in social and environmental responsibility. “If family is the heart of our company, sustainability is our soul.” Our collections include the following: