January 10, 2010 at 6:52 am #251075nlacMember
Hi all. Well new year and new targets for sustainabilty in our household.
Last year we made alot of progress on a number of fronts and this year one of my targets is reducing the stuff that I buy from the supermarket, beginning with replacing any disposable stuff with reusable alternatives. One step at a time and before you know it lots has been achieved:D
So…what do you recommend as a material for reusable dishcloths- to be used for washing dishes but also cloths to be used for general cleaning too.
I have heard of knitted ones?
I can sew but I can’t knit, so if knitted ones are the go does anyone know where i can buy some?
Thanks for the advice!January 10, 2010 at 7:06 am #450106ali_celtMember
definetly knitted ones! you can get them on the simple living flea market still, i think. Link is in the rolling links section to the side (would link but am on netbook and its a pita without a proper mouse!)
Also you could PM either Lolly or Anja coz they both knit them I’m pretty sure.
Or I can whizz some up on the knitting machine for you – choice of colours right now is pretty limited to brown or hot pink though LOLJanuary 10, 2010 at 7:06 am #450107missy71Member
Well done to you. I’m doing the same thing in our house.
I use cotton or a cotton/bamboo or soy blend for knitting dishcloths, or I use the cotton crotchet yarn you can buy at the supermarket and knit it with double thread. I find them both fine for washing up and cleaning/dusting. I can only do plain and purl and squares and rectangles, so nothing fancy for me here.
You can also use old towels or flannelette sheets. I had some that were holey and I couldn’t bear to throw them out so I’ve overlocked the towels up to the good part and use them for my hair or for floor mats or drying the dogs off, and the other bits cut up and overlocked them into squares. I wash my dishcloths daily and my cleaning cloths after each use. I go through lots when I’m cleaning as each cloth is used for different things – cleaning the toilets, sinks, walls, tables etc.
If you can’t sew you can just tear up strips of cotton sheeting etc and then cut them into squares and trim away the frayed bits as you use them.
If you know of someone who can knit ask them to swap some cloths for something you can do or make, or look out for craft stalls where there are knitted things and ask if you provide the wool and some money would they knit you up some. They don’t take long to do.January 10, 2010 at 7:36 am #450108AnjaMember
The Simple Living Flea MArket is here –
I believe all the stall are ALS members.January 10, 2010 at 8:08 am #450109bluezbanditMember
I love the knitted ones from cotton as well and I also use them as face washers in the bathroom. I have loads of them which get chucked in the wash often.
DebJanuary 10, 2010 at 8:47 am #450110SimplynaturalMember
Cotton T Shirts are good reusable dishcloths and cleaning rags ( one tied around your broom with a rubber band makes an awesome mop) The only downside being that they need frequent laundering.January 10, 2010 at 9:34 am #450111jilumasamMember
I have found knitted ones to be very good.
Old washers and towels also make very good rags as well. I find the rougher the texture of the cloth (ie knitted/crochet and washers) the easier it is to clean.
Lizzy 😀January 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #450112JessiebeanMember
I bought a five pack of cloths from the dishcloth aisle (shock, horror) and cut them in half, I use half at a time and have been using the same pack for a year now so I feel it was worth the $3. Also came in lovely colours, red, yellow, green, orange blue. They just go in with the washing when they get that “dishcloth smell” and hang on the line where they are sterilised by the sun. They are made of a sort of heavy duty flanellette.January 10, 2010 at 10:47 am #450113dixiebelleMemberJanuary 10, 2010 at 11:07 am #450114FatimaParticipant
Try the Busy Bee Handcrafts stall at the Simple Living Flea Market http://www.simplelivingfleamarket.com/busybee/ .
100% undyed cotton and they last forever. They come in nice, natural colours.
(Not blowing my own trumpet at all:lol: )January 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm #450115ErthgirlMember
Wow Fats!! They’re awesome!!
I’ve just learnt to make a patterned dishcloth but it’s not THAT FANCY!! They’re so beautiful. That’s crocheted right?
I’ve been using a cotton bamboo blend that I got on special from spotlight… nice and absorbent but they get stinkier quicker than the plain cotton ones.
:hug:January 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm #450116JadeMember
Those cloths look beautiful! I’d love to get some sometime, better than using the disposable cloths my partner insists on.January 10, 2010 at 8:09 pm #450117kerriebMember
They look great I hadn’t thought of making ones with the fancy stitches. You’ve inspired me to make some different ones. I haven’t seen the undyed cotton around anywhere here it looks nice. I’ve been using the 8ply cotton form Bendigo Woolen Mills to make some it comes in a decent range of colors. Crochet is so easy to do patterned stitches in.January 10, 2010 at 9:53 pm #450118nlacMember
Thanks for all the response everyone! :tup::clap:
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