The Humble Dishcloth

I have been knitting cotton dishcloths for about 12 or so years now.  And can you believe that I only recently used one??!! I know, right! But it is true.  I have knitted cloths to swap, cloths to give to other people, small cloths for baby showers, a stash of cloths because — well, you never know when you may need one for something.

The dishcloth, as it turns out, is a very handy little item.  I may never again purchase a sponge for cleaning.  I ran out of sponges in the kitchen cabinet a few weeks ago and used one of a half dozen dishcloths sitting in a bowl on my kitchen counter.  And, you say?  Well — I love them!

The dishcloth fits into the small crevices of pans and food processor parts, and glassware and those items that a sponge can’t reach.  The dishcloth is a great scrubber.  The dishcloth — after washing dishes — can be used to wipe down the counters, scour the sink, wipe off the cabinets and the inside of the microwave and the coffeemaker and the fridge.  Endless uses in the kitchen.  Better than that quicker picker upper paper towel —  in my opinion.

On to the bathroom.  The dishcloth can be used on the bathroom mirror, the tub, the tile, the toilet — everywhere! You can wipe your counter with it — or wash your face with it.

And the really cool thing is that then the dishcloth can be thrown into the washing machine with other laundry — I’m thinking towels here — and washed and dried and ready for another use.

Dishcloths can be any size you want to knit them.  Knitting dishcloths is a good way to try out new stitch patterns.  A dishcloth pattern can be turned into a baby blanket, a kitchen or bathroom towel — how versatile is that!  And dishcloths can be crocheted — not limited to knitting.  A slightly larger dishcloth can be used as a facecloth.  And just brainstorming here, but surely also an environmentally friendly napkin??? Or is that a stretch?

Enterprising and creative knitters have taken a basic dishcloth and turned it into a swiffer pad.  There may be no end to the creative uses for dishcloths.

I am currently working on cotton cloths for women in Sudan.  I think I mentioned that in an earlier post.  I just finished cloth #12 and so I have dishcloths on the brain.  And I will leave you with a photo of some.

Knit Dishcloths

Knit Dishcloths

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About ksknitter

I wear many hats -- mother and grandmother, paralegal, knitter, bass player in a praise and worship band, gardener, cook, avid reader, good friend, good listener -- just to name a few. View all posts by ksknitter

2 responses to “The Humble Dishcloth

  • Mary

    Oh my, I am so surprised to read that you are just now realizing in your own home the wonders of the hand-knit dishcloth/washcloth. I LOVE making them and using them. I have given away hundreds over the years. I like that they just go in the washer/dryer and back in use. When they are too worn to use, they go in the cabinet in the laundry room to be used as rags in the garage or for other messy jobs. I can knit more any time. I don’t see why they couldn’t be used as napkins, too. Here at my house, we have been using cloth napkins for years. I sewed a bunch of cloth placemats and coordinating napkins and that is all we use. I have a small stash of paper napkins for use when we are taking a packed lunch, but in the home it is reusable all the way. They just go in the wash with other things.

  • ksknitter

    I KNOW — hard to believe, isn’t it? I MAY have used one as a dustrag but that’s about it. I knit about a half dozen for my kitchen, but didn’t actually use any until recently. I have either knit them for gifts or swaps or whatever — and my eldest daughter would come over and clean me out of nearly every cloth I had, so I didn’t have much of an opportunity to use them. I have come to this late in life — LOL

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