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What are Swedish Dishcloths and How Do You Use Them?

You may have heard about them, but do you know what Swedish dishcloths are? I've been using them for almost two years now, and I'm pretty obsessed with them.

What are Swedish dishcloths?

Swedish dishcloths are super absorbent cellulose and cotton cloths that are used as a replacement for paper towels and make kitchen cleanup a dream. Some of my favorite things about Swedish dishcloths include:

  • Each dishcloth can replace up to 17 rolls of paper towels (yes, you read that right--they're amazing!)

  • They're compostable, so when it's time to retire one, you can feel good knowing that it's going to decompose completely.

  • One dishcloth lasts a LONG time. Of course it depends on how often you use them and for what, but you can expect one Swedish Dishcloth to last you 6 months to a year.

  • They are easy to clean--just throw them in your washer or dishwasher and when they come out they're good to go. I personally prefer the clothes washer, but either works great.

  • They dry really fast, so they don't get smelly or grow bacteria. (Hallelujah!) Just give them a good squeeze and either hang them to dry or lay them flat; they'll be dry before you know it.

  • They're super absorbent and can pick up a LOT of liquid (like 20x their weight in liquid). I've dumped 3/4 of a cup of water on top of one for testing purposes and it absorbed it all. Pretty impressive.

two swedish dishcloths from Lisee Ree with stiches and flowers. For sale at

So now that you know what they are, how do you use Swedish dishcloths?

  • If you want a little more scrubbing power or if you're wanting to absorb lots of liquid, just use them dry. Set the dry cloth on top of your spill and watch them soak it all up.

  • To use as a regular dishcloth, get them wet and start wiping. When you're done, rinse it out, squeeze out the excess water and either hang or lay flat to dry.

  • Make sure to wash and disinfect them regularly. Just toss them in the wash and use them over and over.

They're so easy and awesome. I was super curious about them and just had to see what the fuss was all about, and I've never looked back. But perhaps you're wondering...

two swedish dishcloths and a microfiber tea towel from Lisee Ree with plus signs and flowers. For sale at

Why are you talking about Swedish dishcloths?

Well, I have loved using them so much that I had some printed with my designs on them. I started with six designs in three sets of two patterns or I'm going to offer them individually. That photo up top there? That's not a mockup. They're physically here in my house, and I'm super excited to have them up in my shop for sale. (Yes, they're there now!)

Stay tuned for a few more informational posts to get you as excited as I am.

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