Thursday, December 14, 2017

Swedish dishcloths: A better way to do the dishes

What we love most about Scandinavian design is that it is not all about looks; these are items that are meant to be used and admired every day. So we weren’t surprised when we learned that the Swedes had discovered a more stylish and serviceable way to do dishes!


No one likes sponges. That’s just a fact. They’re boring and smelly, they need to be replaced regularly, and aren’t environmentally friendly. Enter the dry sponge, more commonly called the Swedish dishcloth, to differentiate it from all of the regular fabric kitchen dishcloths out there. They were invented in 1949 by engineer Curt Lindquist, who discovered that a mix of cellulose (made from wood fiber) and cotton could absorb about 15 times its own weight.

Swedish dishcloths make a great ecological substitute for the tired old plastic sponge. They are 7 x 8 inches (17 x 20 cm), and get soft when wet. They are comparable to a super-thick paper towel, more like cloth than sponge. Swedish dishcloths can be used in place of sponges and paper towels, and can be rinsed and re-used, or put in the dishwasher or washing machine for a more thorough cleaning. They’re made from all natural materials and last for up to a year—that’s a lot of sponges and paper towels you won’t need to buy!

Swedish dishcloths have been popular in Scandinavia for years, but are only finally becoming known in the United States. FJORN carries Swedish dishcloths from Klippan, Viskaform by Ekelund Weavers, and Pappelina, all with bright, bold Scandinavian patterns that will liven up your kitchen cleanup.

We’ve even got an entire collection of festive Swedish dishcloths for the holidays! These bright kitchen accessories make a great stocking stuffer.