Swedish Dishcloths General Information Page

Keeping the kitchen clean is crucial for a number of reasons. For one thing, it helps to prevent foodborne illnesses. Not only that, but it’s also safer. For example, spills on the ground can easily lead to slips and falls. Oil slick on the stove can also cause grease fires. Last but not least, it’ll extend the life of your appliances. After all, they have to work harder if certain parts (e.g. vent, filter) are dirty.

As it is, there are various tools that you can use to clean the kitchen. Take mops, for instance, they’re great for the floor. As far as countertops and sinks go, you want to use a towel that you can hold in your hand—something like a Swedish Dishcloth.

What Are Swedish Dishcloths?

Swedish dishcloths are a special type of dishcloth that’s invented in the late 1940s. Invented by the Swedish engineer, Curt Lindquist (thus its name), they are a wonderful alternative to paper towels (and other cleaning cloths). What makes them so special? They're made from cellulose aka natural plant fibers. In other words, they’re both natural and compostable! If anything, that’s one of the reasons why they’re so popular. Not only can you use them with water, but you can also use them with soap—just like regular towels. This makes them perfect for regular cleaning around the house.

What Can You Use Swedish Dishcloths For?
  • Cleaning the kitchen (e.g. countertops, stovetop, sink area)
  • Cleaning mirrors and glass
  • Removing fine dirt or dust particles from various surfaces
  • Medical applications such as electrotherapy

6 Benefits of Swedish Dishcloths

Swedish dishcloths are better than regular dishcloths in several ways. Here's what you need to know about them.

1. They're Eco-Friendly Cleaning Cloths

Swedish dishcloths are eco-friendly. Unlike conventional dishcloths, they’re not made from synthetic material. Instead, they’re made of cellulose and cotton fibers, both of which are biodegradable. In other words, you can put them in the compost once they’ve worn out. If anything, they’ll make for great plant fertilizer! There’s no need to throw them out like regular towels, most of which will eventually end up at the landfill.

2. They're Known For Their Durability

Swedish dishcloths are incredibly durable—much more than traditional dishcloths. Built to last, you won’t have to worry about them wearing down prematurely. Even with rigorous use, you’ll get many months out of them (as opposed to regular dishcloths, which have to be replaced every couple of weeks). Given that, a pack can easily last you a year or more. As far as maintenance goes, all you have to do is clean them every couple of days.

3. They Have Antibacterial Properties

Swedish dishcloths are much more hygienic compared to traditional dishcloths and sponges. That is, they don’t harbor nearly as much bacteria (which you can easily spread around the house without knowing). Why? They dry fast. Even if you soak cloth completely, it’ll dry within a couple of hours or so. This means that bacteria won’t be able to grow on the surface as easily (they thrive in moist environments). Keep in mind, however, that you do have to do your part to keep them clean. For example, it’s a good idea to wash them every once in a while. You can also sanitize the cloths by microwaving or boiling them.

4. They're Super Absorbent

Don’t be fooled by their thin appearance—these dishcloths are incredibly absorbent. To give you a better idea, they can absorb over 15 times their weight in light. This means that you can easily use them to clean up spills and other messes. If anything, it’ll do a much better job than a cotton towel. Don’t believe me? You can always put them to the test. Soak two towels, one cotton, one cellulose. From there, wring them out—you’ll notice that much more water will come out of the latter.

5. They Won't Get Smelly (As Easily)

One of the great things about Swedish dishcloths is that they rarely get smelly. Ultimately, this is due to their quick-drying properties. Put it simply, odor-causing bacteria won’t have a chance to grow on the cloth. As a result, you won’t have to worry about having to clean with a funky towel.

6. They'll Save You Money

Want to cut back on your spendings? You’ll be happy to know that these dishcloths are super affordable. That is, you can easily get a pack for under $10 (the ones we sell work out to be around $2 each). Given that they’re reusable, you won’t have to keep buying more like you have to do with paper towels. If you do the math, you’ll realize that it’ll save you a considerable amount each year!

7. You Can Print On Them

Swedish dishcloths are unique in that they can be printed on. That is, both the cellulose and cotton components are compatible with natural dyes (unlike polyester and other synthetic materials). If you want, you can even print on the whole surface. For example, you can customize your own design and print it as a personalized gift. You can also use it for promotion purposes. There's also the option of buying them pre-printed, if that's something you're interested in.

Our Swedish Dishcloths VS Other Dishcloths

Our Swedish dishcloths are one of the best things that you can get for your home. First and foremost, they’re made from premium materials. For those who are curious, no they’re not made in China—they’re made in Europe. Compared to other dishcloths, they’re much more absorbent. That is, they can absorbent up to 20x their own weight! This makes them that much more effective when you’re cleaning and wiping. What’s more, is that they can be reused dozens of times—up to 50 to be exact. So you won’t have to buy “new ones” nearly as often (which is the case with other dishcloths). Did I also mention that they’re flexible when dry?

Not only that, but each of our dishcloths is made to the highest standards. In other words, they’ll last longer and work better. Have questions or inquiries about the product? You can always contact our team for help. Yes, we’re proudly based in the U.S.!

How to Care For Swedish Dishcloths

Here are a few things to keep in mind when caring for your Swedish dishcloths. Washing Your Swedish Dishcloths

Swedish dishcloths do a great job at what they’re supposed to do—clean. Given that, it’s only natural that they’ll get dirty quickly. Fortunately, they’re easy to wash. As a matter of fact, there are a few ways that you can do it. For example, you can put the dishcloth in the dishwasher (yes, with your dishes). All you need to do is add a bit of dish soap and they’ll come out fresh and clean!

Another way that you can clean them is by putting them in the microwave. There’s one important thing that you want to do first, however—that is, you want to saturate it with water (never put a dry dishcloth in the microwave; it can become a fire hazard). From there, you can microwave it for upwards of two minutes. The high heat will eliminate any microbes that are on the dishcloth so that it’ll be ready to be used again. Carefully take it out afterward as it’ll be hot.

Alternatively, you can boil them in water—that will effectively sanitize the cloth. Simply bring a pot of water to boil and place your dishcloth in. The high temperature will kill off any germs that are on the fabric (no, the cellulose won’t melt). Just be careful when you’re removing the dishcloth. Consider draining the water first as that might be easier.

Last but not least, you can put them in the washer. The only thing is that they can shrink over time, especially if you put them in the clothes dryer. Also, make sure not to use bleach as that can damage the cellulose fibers. Or if you want, you can wash them by hand. Add a bit of dish soap to a sink of water and mix until everything's dissolved—you should get a sudsy solution. From there, place the dishcloth in and let it soak for at least 15 minutes. Once you've done that, you can rinse it clean by putting the Swedish dishcloth under running water. Continue until all soap suds are gone.

Wholesale Dishcloths

Not only are they great for cleaning, but they’re great for promoting your business as well. For example, you can print your brand’s logo on the cloth and give it to your clients. Given that the print will be visible for a long time, it’ll pretty much be an ongoing form of advertisement. You can also print on them for things like weddings and giveaways. On top of that, you can customize them and give them out as gifts!

Are you interested? If so, you’ll be happy to know that we do take wholesale orders. Keep in mind, however, that the prices listed on the site are only for individual orders. For more details, please contact our team or visit our wholesale page.