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38,000+ Amazon shoppers swear by Swedish Dishcloths — on sale for just over $1 a pop

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When you toss a paper towel, it can feel like you're just throwing money away. Well, you are — to the tune of hundreds of dollars. Reusable cloths are a thriftier and more eco-friendly way to clean up. Case in point: these Swedish Dishcloths. A single cloth can be reused up to 100 times — what's even better is that Amazon has them on sale right now in some colors, with 10-packs starting at just $12 (down from $18) for the red — that's just a dollar and change per cloth!

Swedish Wholesale
Reusable and biodegradeable, these cloths are a thrifty and eco-smart option for cleaning countertops, dishes and more.
$19 at Amazon

Let's crunch some numbers here. According to Statista, Bounty is the most popular paper towel brand in the U.S., and it costs $25 for eight double-size rolls on Amazon. And the average American household uses five to seven rolls per month, which averages out to 72 rolls per year. That comes out to about $225 spent on paper towels per year.

Meanwhile, each one of these Swedish Dishcloths is designed to last as long as 15 rolls of paper towels, so by my rough calculations, if you replaced your paper towels with these, you would only go through five cloths a year— spending $12 total with five cloths to spare. That's a savings of ... $213! Even if these numbers are a tad off, that's still something!

Swedish Dishcloths (Photo: Amazon)
If your experience with things Swedish has been limited to meatballs and fish, it's time you broadened your horizons...and saved some trees. (Photo: Amazon)

These washable cloths make a great replacement for icky sponges too. They're fast-drying, odor-resistant and long-lasting. Apparently, the Amazon universe is all abuzz about these things. Swedish Dishcloths are a topseller in two categories, with more than 38,400 five-star reviews! That's a lot of love for a dishcloth. And they're available in nine colors, or get a multicolor pack for $14.

Made of cotton and cellulose, these washable cloths can be cleaned again and again in the dishwasher or laundry. When they finally wear out, you can rest easy knowing they'll biodegrade. Impressive for a dollar a cloth!

Many shoppers, like this five-star reviewer, say they're "great for all kinds of cleaning." They continued: "They are even more versatile than I expected. When damp, they're perfect for wiping up all kinds of spills, and leave surfaces almost completely dry."

"You need these," promised an emphatic fan. "AMAZING...They are a workhorse for what they do. Into chemical-free/product-free cleaning? I’m telling you, cleaning is what I do. Wet one of these and hit a mirror with just water...Throw them in the dishwasher or washer (I don’t put them in the dryer). And they last. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought these as gifts. I have them stashed everywhere. Bathrooms, laundry room, kitchen, car!"

And throngs of reviewers confirm they are incredibly effective on dishes. They are called Swedish Dishcloths after all.

One happy shopper reports: "You can really scrub with them, but they never feel yucky like a sponge does.... I've used the same two for a month now, and they still look great; when they go downhill, I can compost them."

Another added: "They are VERY absorbent, yet easy to wring out completely (and I mean completely!) after use...And as advertised, they don't stink!"

Swedish Wholesale
There are 8 on-sale colors plus a multicolor set to choose from. We recommend choosing different colors for different uses: one for dishes, one for cleaning the car, one for cleaning the bathroom.
$19 at Amazon

If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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