Why use knitted dishcloths when you can just buy dishcloths? Or the frugal method: cut up old rags? In this article, I share the benefits of knitted dishcloths.
I didn’t get it.
Why on earth would you knit dishcloths?
Sure, reusable dishcloths are better than using disposable ones.
But why not just cut up old towels or other rags.
After all, you’re just washing dishes with the things. Why go to all the effort of knitting a dishcloth?
It turns out that knitted dishcloths have several benefits over conventional dishcloths.
1. Knitted dishcloths are great for learning to knit
Recently I discovered the continental way of knitting.
As a lefty, I find knitting a bit awkward. My nanna taught me when I was around 9 years old and although she was also a lefty, many years of abuse in school meant she did everything with her right hand and that’s how I learned to do things too.
With the continental (European) knitting method, you hold the yarn in your left hand, rather than your right. I thought (I hoped) it would be less awkward than the Brittish way.
It definitely is. But…it took some practice to relearn and retrain the muscle memory.
And so I went from a competent knitter to beginner again. And dishcloths were the perfect way to practice.
Holes? Dropped stitches? Wonky tension? Doesn’t matter. They are just for cleaning.
2. The knitted texture helps clean dirty dishes
The texture of the knit helps with cleaning.
It’s not going to scrub off burnt-on food, but it’s just textured enough to make cleaning dishes easier.
I also use these cloths for cleaning as well and the texture helps with getting weetbix and oatmeal off the table – and you know how that stuff can stick!
3. Knitted dishcloths are more hygienic
Having a bunch of knitted cloths means you can use a new one each day – without the waste!
To clean them, just throw them into the washing machine when your next wash.
If you’re not washing them immediately, rinse in cold water and hang to dry so they don’t go funky while they’re waiting to be washed.
Alternatively, you can put them in a bucket of cold water with nappy soaker or oxy-bleach to sanitize prior to washing.
4. Knitted cloths are better for the environment
Obviously, by reusing dishcloths rather than buying disposables, you’re reducing the amount of household waste.
But there’s another reason knitted dishcloths are better.
Microfibre cloths, which are popular for cleaning, are made from plastic. And as we know, microfibres entering the ocean is becoming a big problem.
Knitted dishcloths, when made from cotton (ideal), bamboo yarn, wool or a blend, don’t contain microfibres and aren’t shedding them into the waterways when they get washed.
And, if you are using natural fibres (organic is best), you can add the dishcloth to the compost pile at the end of their life, which gives back to the soil.
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Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.