I finally got a chance to talk to my girlfriend last week (seems like our time between chats gets longer all the time). We got talking about dishes and how they suck… Not because we like talking about dishes, but because my usual multitasking self was in the middle of washing mine while we were talking.
I told her I’d finally found some washcloths that clean really well without getting all stinky and smelly within a few days!
If you’ve ever washed dishes, I’m guessing you know what I’m talking about. And if you don’t, you just haven’t washed enough of them yet! 🙂
You use a perfectly clean washcloth and once the dishes are done, you set it on the counter by the sink, and within a day or two when you go to use it again, it leaves a gosh-awful smell on your hands and all your dishes! I was going through probably eight or 10 washcloths a week, just because I didn’t use them that often!
And I don’t like doing laundry any more than I like doing dishes!
I’ve tried a lot of cloths over the years, but nothing really impressed me. There are so many things out there to wash your dishes with, but they all seem to have their own issues.
Scrubbers that scratch non-stick pans. Sponges that end up smelling worse than washrags. Scrubbing sponges that won’t let go of the icky foods you just scrubbed off your dishes. Sponges that disintegrate after using them a few times on semi-tough cleaning jobs. Or washcloths that hold onto oils and grease – NOT good when you live a low-carb, high fat lifestyle!
Looking for Solutions
But then last year, I signed up for a virtual “organize your kitchen” event that a friend hosted. I spent an entire weekend emptying all my cabinets and drawers… cleaning, organizing, throwing stuff away.
I figured out how to organize the mess in my kitchen and make it functional again. But I still had to deal with that stinky dishrag issue!!
I’d already bought a couple styles of dish cloths to test out, but I didn’t like either of them. The first one, called the Innovative Dish Washing Net Cloth had holes so large that they couldn’t hold soapy water. But after going back and reading again, I believe they’re meant to be scrubbers, not washers… and for that, they’d work really well. But since I don’t do a lot of scrubbing, I personally won’t be ordering more.
The other one, the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, sort of left me on the fence. It works REALLY well. But it just didn’t hold together for very long.
So I headed to Amazon (again) to see what other types of dish cleaners they had, fully expecting to have the same luck I’d already had in finding something useful.
Well, I was wrong! I found two that I’m just in love with… I ordered them seven months ago and haven’t had a stinky cloth yet!!
Finally – My Favorites
LUNATEC® Odor-Free Dishcloths.
They only come in a couple colors, but they’re incredibly functional and work great!
Skoy Eco-friendly Cleaning Cloths.
They come in several designs and colors and are more for washing and wiping down vs. scrubbing.
What I Learned
You know, I didn’t just wake up one morning and think, “Hey, I wonder if there’s a better way out there to wash dishes.” I hate washing dishes. In fact, that’s one of the biggest reasons I don’t like to cook!
But I’m really glad I started looking for something better. Sometimes you get so used to living a certain way, you forget there are new things out there that may actually work better.
Now that I’ve opened my mind to new things, if you know about other stuff that could possibly improve the functionality of my life, feel free to let me know in the comments!
Debi aka @GenXBrat
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