Sunday, September 6, 2020

Long Lasting, Environmentally Friendly Swedish Dishcloths!

The Swedish dishcloths that a customer recommended to me in the spring have been going out of here like hotcakes. I settled on a terrific Made in America and family owned company, Potluck Press, as my supplier because I loved the quality and the delightful designs they print on the dishcloths. These fun items certainly will brighten up the kitchen or workroom! I really appreciate great suggestions from my customers.

I haven’t figured out exactly why they are called Swedish dishcloths, but authentic samples are made of cellulose and cotton fibers, usually about 70% cellulose and 30% cotton. I’m hearing rumors that there are cheap imitations made with petroleum fibers out there that don’t have the qualities of the originals. A true Swedish dishcloth is a stiff, fibrous, and dry right out of the package item that springs to life when wet. Cellulose and cotton are both renewable fibers and the combination makes a long-lasting cleaning cloth.

Swedish dishcloths are eco-friendly and can be washed and reused hundreds of times. People are telling me that they last for months. They dry quickly after being washed which makes them much more sanitary than sponges and less likely to build up bacteria. Drop them in the washing machine and lay them out to dry. I suppose you could use the clothes dryer but they dry so quickly that I don’t think it’s really necessary. Several people have commented that they use the dishwasher, convenient in the kitchen, to wash them. One customer said that if she feels like hers need to be sanitized extra, she puts it in the microwave for a minute. I’d made sure it was wet and stay close by the microwave, though, just in case.

Swedish dishcloths can clean up practically anything. They are tough and absorbent, much more so than paper towels and really are “the quicker picker-upper” that will take care of spills as well as keep your dishes sparkling. They are also recommended for cleaning windows and other glass, leaving them streak-free. When wet our dishcloths are about 6 inches by 8 inches, a perfect size to fit the hand for easy cleaning.

Swedish dishcloths are a fantastic and inexpensive gift item that will last and last. Our fun designs by Potluck Press are sassy, savvy and unique. Popular themes are camping, animals, outdoor life, tea and women’s empowerment. They can be easily mailed for a quick “thinking of you” present. Swedish dishcloths make a wonderful addition to a gift basket with a kitchen theme or they would be great as stocking stuffers. I can even see some designs as fun for any occasion from Easter to birthdays. Come check out our selection. We have a lot of designs and it seems like I add to them every time I order. I just can’t resist! Visit the shop to see them for yourself or we have them on the web site to order. They are very easy to ship!

Poppy's 10 Concord Road Meadows of Dan, VA 24120 Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM Thursday to Monday April to November. Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM Friday to Sunday December to End of March

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