Everything You Need to Know About Swedish Dish Cloths


One of the most exciting parts of a sustainability journey is finding reusable, eco-friendly swaps for common household items. Have a spill on the counter or a mess in the microwave? Put down that sponge or paper towel roll and grab a more sustainable solution—a Swedish Dishcloth.


What is a Swedish Dish Cloth?

Invented by a Swedish engineer and used widely in Scandinavian countries, the Swedish Dish Cloth is your new cleaning best friend. These cloths are a reusable, eco-friendly alternative to paper towels. Our environmentally friendly Swedish dishcloths use cellulose from FSC certified forests and repurposed cotton from the textile industry that would have otherwise been wasted. The biodegradable natural fibers have a bit of a sponge-like texture, which helps them both absorb more than a traditional cotton cloth and dry quickly to prevent mold and mildew. They are the perfect multi-purpose cleaning tool for the kitchen, bathroom, and anywhere that could use some TLC!


Are Swedish dishcloths worth the money?

A Swedish dishcloths set helps both the planet and your wallet! The Environmental Protection Agency has reported that the U.S. created 3.8 million tons of tissue paper and paper towel waste in 2017. Paper towels, even if made from recycled materials, are not recyclable, so ultimately end up in landfills, where they generate methane as they break down. One Swedish Dish Cloth replaces 15-17 paper towel rolls, without creating waste. A subscription for three reusable Dropps Swedish Dishcloths is just $12. Whether you’re considering the effect paper towels have on the planet or your budget, the choice is clear—a Swedish Dish Cloth set is more than worth the money.


Are Swedish dishcloths washable?

How do you wash a Swedish Dishcloth? It’s easy! Swedish Dish Cloths can be washed in your washing machine or the dishwasher. Simply add it to your wash, pop in a Laundry Detergent or Dishwasher pod, and it’s ready to mop up the next mess! These dual methods of washing makes the Swedish Dish Cloth that much more convenient—if you have a dishwasher, it never has to leave the kitchen!

Are Swedish dishcloths compostable?

Absolutely! Swedish Dish Cloths can be used over and over, but when they’re looking worn out, you can add them to your compost. They will break down completely, making them a perfect zero waste option!


How long do Swedish Dishcloths last?

A Swedish Dishcloths Set will last you quite some time! With gentle use, a dish cloth can last for months or even years. If you’re using it for a lot of deep, heavy-duty cleaning, it may start to look a bit worn after 6 months. It should still be effective though—try giving it a second life in the bathroom or garage before composting!


How to use a Swedish Dishcloth

The Swedish dish cloth can be used anywhere you typically use a paper towel, sponge, or microfiber cloth! These cloths start out stiff and soften when wet. Wipe down counters, wash dishes, or scrub the bathtub. The real question is, what can’t you use them for? 

Have you tried out a Swedish Dish Cloth? Do you have a favorite way to use it? Let us know!