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TikTok has a strange new obsession, and it certainly isn’t a hyper trendy product — it’s Swedish dishcloths. In fact, the kitchen item dates back more than seven decades. And if a dishcloth goes viral, you know it has to be good.
Swedish dishcloths are an eco-friendly alternative to paper towels, sponges and standard dishcloths. Some estimate one Swedish dishcloth can replace 17 rolls of paper towels. The product is super absorbent like a sponge, but is in a sheet-like shape like a paper towel. One Swedish dishcloth can soak up 20 times its own weight in liquid, yet dries quickly between uses. The cloths are said to clean counter tops, granite, stainless steel and glass — with no streaks.
Several TikTok users have made videos praising the hybrid product as a sustainable workhorse when it comes to cleaning.
This particular type of dishcloth was invented by a Swedish engineer in 1949. The cloths are often made largely or entirely of biodegradable cellulose, but can also be made from a combination cellulose and wood pulp or renewable cotton.
If a dishcloth gets especially dirty, it can be hand washed with soap and water, then tossed in the microwave for a minute to kill off any potential bacteria. The cloths can also be thrown in the dishwasher or even added to your laundry load to clean. A single cloth can be washed up to 50 times in a standard washing machine. And even when it’s time to replace a well-worn cloth, the product is completely compostable.
Swedish dishcloths are often decorated with colorful designs, with the most eco-friendly versions printed with plant-based inks. Check out some Swedish dishcloths below and try the sustainable trend.
Shop: Superfoods Swedish Dishcloths Set of Two, $8
Shop: Compostable Sponge Cloths Set of 10, $29
Shop: Solid Swedish Dishcloth Set of 10, $21.99
Shop: White Swedish Dishcloths Set of 10, $19.99
Shop: Cactus Swedish Dishcloths Set of 3, $15.70
Shop: Lemon Swedish Dishcloths Set of 3, $15.77
Shop: Watermelon Swedish Dishcloths Set of 3, $16.99
Shop: Herb Swedish Dishcloth Set of 3, $17.94
Shop: Veggie Swedish Dishcloth Set of 5, $31.99
Shop: Bikes Swedish Dishcloth Set of 3, $17.94
Shop: Round Citrus Swedish Dishcloth Set of 3, $23.99
Shop: Round Flower Swedish Dishcloth Set of 5, $35.99
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