In mid-January I published a review called How to Wash the Dishes by Peter Miller, so I thought I would follow up with washcloths, sponges, scrub and in another posting next month, dish soap.
On a website from England https://www.kempii.co.the following alternatives are listed and described: heavy duty unsponge, zero waste unsponge, Swedish dishcloths, natural dish brush, and bamboo dish cloths (or 100% cotton dishcloths which I purchased; see below.) Please go to the website for all the photos.
When I was in the single numbers and maybe early teens, my mother used washcloths for the kitchen, which I still use, along with natural sponges, pictured and described below. Use whatever is most comfortable in your hands, but with so many natural alternatives, you have many choices.
This is a sponge-like dishcloth from Germany, 6 1/2″ X 7 “, similar to the ones from Sweden. It is called a Euroscrubby. (I think it costs $2.50.) On the reverse side (no design) is this information:
“Euroscrubby multi-purpose scrubber replaces dishcloths & paper towels. Super absorbent & fast drying. Machine washable. DO NOT tumble dry. Soak in a small amount of bleach (non-chlorine es) to restore to a new condition.
twist & KIND sponges
I still use sponges, but ones that are not made from fossil fuels. On the life is twist, which I believed I purchased in Acme. The label says: 100% plant-based, natural cellulose, no glue, hand-sewn, and dye free. One side is porous and the other side is scratchy for scrubbing. It fits into the palm of your hand.
The one on the right is called KIND and underneath are these four words: “cleaning with a conscience.” This sponge is also plant-based with natural cellulose and dye free. (The number 6 is my hand lettering because at first I took a photo of several items, but it came out too small. es) This is a larger sponge, bigger than twist, (6.5″ x 4.5″) but half the size of the Euroscrubby.
ALso, it does not have a scrubby side and is much thinner than twist. It is more like a combination sponge and washcloth. (The prices were on my receipt and not on the packages, so I cannot quote prices.es)
I Googled cellulose and came up with this:
Cellulose is a fibrous material of plant Origin and the basis of all natural and man-made cellulosic fibres. The natural cellulosic fibres include cotton, flax, hemp, jute, and ramie. The major man-made cellulosic fibre is rayon, a fibre produced by regeneration of dissolved forms of cellulose. (www.textileschool.com)
However, rayon, although man-made is not eco-friendly:
Rayon is made from plants, but it’s not eco-friendly because of its toxic production and the deforestation associated with it. … Modal’s production isn’t as toxic but can still lead to deforestation. Tencel (a branded type of lyocell) is the type of rayon that is the most eco-friendly. (www.ecocult.com)
I Googled Tencel and came up with this:
“The big difference is rayon requires more energy and chemicals to produce, which is both wasteful and toxic for the workers who make it. Tencel, on the other hand, uses chemicals that are less-toxic and get recycled in the process so there’s minimal waste. It also uses wood from trees in sustainably-harvested forests.”
Organic Cotton Washcloths
These organic cotton dishcloths are “designed with loops for added scrubbing power.” They are listed as “extra soft, absorbent,and long-lasting with logos that say non-toxic, earth friendly, and responsible living.”
Dish Brush: This is a wooden-handles brush with bristles that is good for scrubbing food from your plates and also cleaning pots. There is also a style that you hold in the palm of your hand.
I will check to see if the brush itself is ecological when I am able to go to the store where I purchased it.
Using these washcloths and other natural products takes me back to my childhood, when life was simpler with fewer choices! However, now I have to write to the two sponge companies to see if their cellulose is rayon and will let you know what I find. In the meantime, I do have more cleaning items that I consider ecological that I will be posting next month. Working towards not adding to the burden of products that can’t be recycled or composted, I feel better about cleaning!
P.S. I found a website that has an entire array of cleaning products that you might want to investigate: https://www.blueland.com/collections/all/products/the-everyday-clean?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIl8fUza6w7gIVTLLICh0EqQoJEAQYAiABEgJ3lPD_BwE