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What's a Swedish Dishcloth?
We've got a whole page on this! A Swedish Dishcloth is an eco-friendly cleaning cloth that replaces sponges and paper towels. You can use it to clean countertops, do dishes, dust — in the kitchen and bath, and for general household chores. You can use it on granite, stainless steel, glass, wood, etc., and it cleans streak-free. A Swedish Dishcloth is more efficient than paper towels, which are wasteful. One absorbs about 20 times its weight, and a single Swedish Dishcloth is able to do the job of 17 rolls of paper towels — saving trees, water and money. It's also more hygienic than sponges.
How do you use a Swedish Dishcloth?
Wet it with water and squeeze it out to make it more absorbent. You can use sprays, soap, or just water with it. You can also use it with vinegar and water. It is not for drying, but is for cleaning. It is not for use on cheese graters or other sharp items.
Can you use them on windows?
Yes, they work great with vinegar and water or glass cleaner. You can then use a microfiber cloth to dry the glass.
How do you clean it? Doesn’t it get gross?
A Three Bluebirds Swedish Dishcloth can be cleaned in lots of ways! You can clean it in the washing machine, or in the top rack of the dishwasher. To sterilize, it can also be boiled briefly, or microwaved (when damp) for approximately one minute. You can also bleach your dishcloth. See below for more info. To air dry, hang it over the faucet, on the side of the sink, or lay flat. Do not tumble dry.
What if it gets stained?
It is possible to use bleach – please see the next question for more information about using bleach. Vinegar and water will also help with stains. If you rinse it out after each use, it will stay nice looking for longer. We recommend washing it a couple of times per week.
Can it be bleached?
Bleach can be used in limited quantities. You can either put a quarter-cap of bleach into the laundry and wash your dishcloth normally, or spray your dishcloth with a water solution (20% bleach, 80% water) and let it sit for a few hours. Our Swedish Dishcloth material will withstand bleach if treated this way. Do not let the dishcloth soak (in water or bleach) for any extended period of time because this will cause the fibers to break down.
Please note: Bleach is a toxic chemical that is harmful to the environment. We advise caution and recommend that you avoid using bleach if possible. It is not necessary to use bleach to keep your dishcloth hygienic and clean. If you desire to use bleach, it can work to remove some tough stains from your dishcloth. However, even if a dishcloth has some residual stains, that does not mean it is dirty. Your cloth will be hygienic and clean if you put it in the washing machine, although it may be discolored.
Do they sour?
If you rinse and squeeze out the excess water after each use, they will air dry fast and not sour. Do not let them sit in water.
How long do they last?
It depends on use and care. They generally last between 6-12 months. They are 100% natural and biodegradable, so they won't fill landfills once returned to the Earth.
What is it made out of?
Each Swedish Dishcloth is made of 70% cellulose and 30% cotton. The wood-based cellulose comes from sustainable forests, and is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. The inks are water-based, non-toxic inks.
Does the printed design last long?
The inks are baked onto the dishcloth. They will last for 6-9 months before they start to fade. The inks will not be affected by bleach.
How are they made?
One of the co-owners, Lasse, is the artist. They are screen-printed with water-based inks in CT. We are local, and we have been in business since 2013. The material that we use is the original material invented by a Swedish engineer in 1949. The material is sourced from Europe.
Where else do you sell?
We sell year-round online on our website, and in stores across the country. We also hold stands at some local markets in the Tri-State Area and New York City (including the Union Square, Columbus Circle and Bryant Park Holiday Markets). See our Store Locator to find a local shop that carries our products! You can check out our Events page to locate us at markets near you.
What does your partnership with '1% for the Planet’ mean?
We pledge 1% of our annual sales to support wetland and habitat restoration. This directly translates to 20 gallons of water restored per dishcloth sold. Specifically, we support the Sacramento River Wetland Flow Restoration and the Lower San Pedro River Habitat Restoration. You can learn more about our environmental impact on our Sustainability page.
Watch out for knock-offs!
Many so-called “Swedish Dishcloths” available online are knock-off products (often made in China). These are inferior quality products with substandard material and printing methods. There is a lack of transparency in their production and manufacturing.
We're the real deal – the best in the nest!
We use authentic, patented Swedish Dishcloth material for genuine quality and impact.