Dishcloths are something that most of us have in the kitchen. After all, we need something to wipe and clean the worktops. Not to mention that they live up to their name and are great for dishes! There’s just one problem—they tend to harbor a bunch of bacteria. As you can imagine, this can have an effect on our health. Having germs where you prepare food is never a good thing.

Unfortunately, kitchen sponges are just as bad as conventional dishcloths, if not worse. So then, what should you use to clean your countertops? The answer is simple—Swedish dishcloths. Don’t be fooled by their name; they’re so much more than just dishcloths. While it’s true that they’ve grown in popularity over the past few decades, many people have still not yet heard of these products.

What exactly are Swedish dishcloths? How are they better than paper towels and sponges? How much do they cost? On this page, we will be answering some of our most frequently asked questions. Hopefully, by the end of it, you’ll have a better idea of whether or not these dishcloths are right for you!

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we get about Swedish dishcloths. If you don’t see your question listed below, please contact us!

What material are Swedish dishcloths made of?

Our Swedish dish cloths are made from a premium blend of 70% biodegradable Cellulose and 30% all natural cotton.

What size are the dishcloths?

Each cloth measure 8″ x 7″.

How many dishcloths do I receive?

Our dishcloths are sold in packs of 10.

What is your return policy?

We are proud to offer our customers high-quality products. In fact, we’re so confident in our dishcloths that they are backed by a money guarantee

If you aren’t satisfied with the cloths, we would be happy to give you a refund, no questions asked—just let us know either through Amazon or our site. Our goal is to have all of our customers happy and satisfied!

Do you ship worldwide?

Unfortunately, we only ship in the United States at this time. However, we may extend to other countries in the near future.

What can these towels be used for?

Swedish dishcloths have many uses! You can use them for all of your normal kitchen and household cleaning. They work great for dishes (as the name suggests) but they’re also very effective for cleaning, countertops, appliances and even windows and mirrors. No more streaks!

These dishcloths can also be used as an auto chamois for cleaning the exterior of your vehicle and the hard surfaces inside. They are soft when wet and to ensure your paint is safe.

How long do these cloths last?

These dishcloths are durable (yet soft) and are made for repeated use. We’ve found that a pack of 10 of our dishcloths will last an average user over one year for all of their cleaning needs.

Are Swedish dishcloths anti-bacterial/anti-microbial?

As mentioned earlier, our Swedish dishcloths are much less likely to harbor bacteria (compared to traditional dishcloths). Thanks to their unique composition, they dry incredibly fast; there’s almost no time for bacteria and germs to grow on the surface (bacteria typically grow in moist environments).

Considering this, they’re pretty much anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. On top of that, they’re resistant to mold and mildew!

What’s the best way to wash Swedish dishcloths?

The great thing about Swedish dishcloths is that they’re easy to wash. As a matter of fact, there is more than one way to clean and sanitize them!

One of the easiest ways is to put them in the dishwasher. Yes, you can wash them with your dishes! Remember, a little bit of soap goes a long way; the high temperatures will also be enough to kill any bacteria that is present on the cloth.

Alternatively, you can put them in the microwave. Don’t just pop them in dry, though; that would create a fire hazard. Instead, you want to dampen the dishcloth slightly with water before putting it in the machine (you don’t want it to be too wet). Microwave the dampened cloth for one to two minutes, depending on the power setting of your microwave. This is obvious, but be careful when taking it out—it will be hot!

Lastly, you can toss them in the washing machine with your laundry. Do not add fabric softener—this will help to extend the life of the dishcloths (the chemicals will make them less absorbent). Over time, they might shrink slightly; that is to be expected. However, they will come back to life when wet. Avoid putting them in the dryer, if possible—the heat can cause the cloth to deteriorate prematurely.

How much do the Swedish dishcloths cost?

We are proud to offer wholesale pricing on our Swedish dishcloths. Currently, we sell packs of ten for $19.99, which works out to be around $2 each. For a limited period, however, we’re offering extra savings to our customers with a special coupon code.

If you buy three or more packs, you will receive a 10% discount; if you buy five or more packs, you will receive a 20% discount. For more details on the promotion (including the code itself), visit our product page on Amazon.

Can the dishcloths be used both wet and dry?

Technically, they are designed to be used wet. When dampened with water, the material will soften significantly, which makes it safe to use on an array of surfaces. Not to mention that they are capable of holding onto a considerable amount of liquid!

With that said, there’s nothing to say that you can’t use them dry. Just keep in mind that they will be considerably stiff without water; that might hinder your ability to clean properly. Depending on your needs, however, they can be good for scrubbing.

How long does it take for cellulose dishcloths to dry?

Our Swedish dishcloths dry very quickly. To quick the process, hang them up in a well-ventilated area. Alternatively, you can lay them flat on a clean surface.

Either way, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours for them to dry completely. It is not recommended that you put them in the dryer.

Can I buy Swedish dishcloths in bulk?

Yes you can. Check out our wholesale page for more information on large orders!

How absorbent are Swedish dishcloths?

Swedish dishcloths are much more absorbent than traditional dishcloths. Generally speaking, they are capable of absorbing up to 20 times their weight in water—this makes them an excellent choice for cleaning and wiping. After all, you want to use something that can hold a good amount of soap and water. Incredibly soft when wet, they’re also easy to rinse and wring out.

To give you a better idea of how absorbent they are, one Swedish dishcloth easily replaces 15 rolls of paper towels!

Can these sponge cloths be used for glass surfaces?

Yes, our Swedish dishcloths can safely be used on glass surfaces. Soft and non-abrasive, the material will not leave any streak marks on your windows, glasses, or mirrors. For the best results, you can use it with a glass cleaner spray.

Can you use the dishcloths with different soaps and cleaners?

Yes, you can use our Swedish dishcloths with different soaps and cleaners. As a matter of fact, they’re designed to absorb soap and water. If necessary, you can also bleach them for sanitizing purposes. However, this should only be done occasionally (frequent bleaching can deteriorate the product over time).

How are Swedish dishcloths different from regular dishcloths?

Conventional dishcloths are typically made from cotton or microfiber (a type of synthetic fiber), both of which are fairly absorbent. While this makes them good for cleaning, it also provides the perfect environment for bacteria to proliferate and grow. Because of this, they need to be replaced regularly.

In contrast, Swedish dishcloths are made from cotton and plant-based cellulose fibers. All natural (yes, they’re biodegradable), these cloths are not only absorbent but are also eco-friendly. Due to the fact that they’re quick-drying, they also harbor fewer bacteria and germs. As a result, they are less likely to develop a musky smell. Once they’re at the end of their lifespan, you can also put them in the compost as opposed to the trash.

Do the different colors represent different thicknesses?

While it’s true that Swedish Wholesale dishcloths come in different colors, they do not represent different thicknesses. With that said, it’s not uncommon for their thicknesses and consistencies to vary; their sizes will also not be entirely the same. Ultimately, its depends on the conditions (e.g. moisture levels) of when they were made. Some of the dishcloths might also have had longer to dry after the production process—this would affect their size.

Note: The assorted packs are a good idea if you plan on cleaning multiple areas of the house—that is, you can use different colored cloth for different purposes. That way, it’s hard to mix them up!

How are Swedish dishcloths better than paper towels?

Paper towels are great for wiping up messes and spills—there’s no doubt about that. However, they’re not the most eco-friendly option. After all, they go into the trash with one use. Just think of all of the trees! Here’s an interesting fact for you—did you know that paper products make up 1/4th of our landfills?

Swedish dishcloths are a much better choice for the environment. At the end of the day, they can be reused again and again; all you have to do is clean and sanitize them regularly. Just that alone, makes them a superior product. On top of that, they’re much more absorbent than paper towels. This is not surprising, though—after all, you’re comparing a piece of paper with a specialized cloth.

How are Swedish dishcloths eco-friendly?

Excellent question! Swedish dishcloths are eco-friendly in a few ways. First, they’re made from biodegradable cellulose and all natural cotton. So when it comes time to dispose of them, you can rest assured that the materials will break down over time.

Another way these towels help decrease your environmental waste is if you compare them to paper towels. Using Swedish dishcloths instead of traditional paper towels will greatly decrease your waste output.

Are they vegan-friendly?

Yes! These towels are made from all natural materials. No animal products used.

What’s the best way to dispose of Swedish dishcloths?

These dishcloths are 100% natural and biodegradable. Instead of tossing them in the trash, as you would with regular dishcloths, put them in the compost; that way, the organic fibers will be reused as fertilizer by the soil. By doing that, you’ll also be doing your part to help the environment!

What are the Swedish dishcloths dyed with?

Our Swedish dishcloths come in several different colors—green, purple, orange, red, blue, white, and more. Eco-friendly, they are all dyed with water-based inks. Well-suited for cotton and cellulose fibers, they will not fade even with repeated washes.

Due to the nature of cotton, which is used in the dishcloth, there may be specks of brown or white in the cloth—this is completely normal. 

How many times can the dish cloths be washed?

Our Swedish dishcloths are incredibly resilient—each of them can easily be machine washed up to 50 times. Once they start to shrink, you’ll know that it’s time to put them in the compost. Remember, you can extend their life by skipping on the fabric softener!

Are Swedish dishcloths prone to staining?

No, our Swedish dishcloths are not prone to staining. That’s not to say that they will not stain, though—they will, eventually. After all, they’re meant to clean up various messes. Fortunately, it’s easy to wash out the stains in the dishwasher or washing machine. All you have to do is add a little bit of detergent and you’re good to go!

Were they really invented in Sweden?

Yes, these dishcloths were invented in Sweden. For those who are curious, they were actually invented by a Swedish engineer by the name of Curt Lindquist in 1949. By mixing cotton with cellulose, he discovered that you could create a highly absorbent material—one that is much superior to plain cotton! Putting the material to good use, he eventually used them to create dishcloths, something that is commonly found in the kitchen.

For many decades, these special dishcloths were only available in Europe, where they became a household staple. It wasn’t until the recent years that they’ve become widely available in the United States.