I've tried a few things looking for a zero waste alternative to paper towels, from "unpaper" towels to just standard kitchen dish cloths. And while I liked each item for it's own use, I found they just didn't replace the disposable paper towels. Nothing was quite as absorbent, and to reuse anything I had to go put it through the wash and air dry first. This was just about as convenient as you would expect.
I'd heard a lot of people rave about the Swedish Dish Cloths but I hadn't tried them yet, I just kept putting it off thinking these would be just like the cloth "paper" towels. But last month while I was at my local farmer's market and the refill van I frequent, Ray's Reusables was carrying them. I was already refilling a few things so I thought "Why not?", I bought two.
As a side note, I've seen these dish cloths go for up to $12 each online, and these were only $7 each! I just couldn't resist trying them at that price.
I took them home immediately to try them out and I can officially say I am in love! They dry out really quickly so they can be reused again within an hour. They're soooo absorbent. I can use one to wipe down all my counter tops (granted I don't have a ton of counter space). And I just love that they're reusable. They also clean off really easily. After using to wipe down food or other messes I just rinse it under the sink and then hang it up on my dish rack to dry! Easy as that.
I've only had my dish cloths for a month so far so I can't yet speak to how long they will last, but on the website it says one cloth can last up to 8 or 9 months. Once they've reached their limit you can compost them which I love. I'll update this post here when I finally wear mine out so you can check back and see how long they lasted me for, but so far I'm in love with the cloths and I think these have been one of my best zero-waste swaps to date because I genuinely like these over paper towels, and for $7 you just can't beat the price!
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