Make your own dishcloths!

Here’s a simple little project which sums up the essence of this blog; simple little changes which create little inconvenience but gradually make a difference. I now spend a fair bit of time looking at elements of our home life which use plastic and asking myself how easy it would be to find alternatives. Here’s one – dishcloths!

We had previously been using supermarket bought sponges, the colourful kind with a pan scourer on the top side. Not only are these made of plastic but they also come wrapped in more. We’d get through one or two a week. I had noticed a relative of mine was making her own and decided to have a go!

I’ve used 100% cotton which I picked up in my local haberdashery. A 100g ball cost me £1.90 and has made 3 cloths with some left over (If you follow my pattern below).  Once I’d made one I couldn’t resist buying some coloured cotton and adding some decoration but that was just for fun. When they’re grubby they go in the washing machine and when they finally fall apart they can be composted or will biodegrade in landfill. I estimate each cloth took me an hour or so to make because I’m not the fastest crocheter in the world and my two “helpers” provide ample distraction at the best of times.


If you’re not a crafty person you’re probably wondering why I consider this to be an easy eco-switch. I will hold my hands up to being a keen bodger when it comes to crafts. I very rarely have the patience to read the instructions and I’m definitely a practical and visual learner. This is one of the reasons I love this project so much. It’s a dish cloth – who cares if you miss the odd stitch or it ends up not quite square? No one’s going to see it! If you’re feeling brave you can watch a great youtube tutorial here to learn to crochet, and conveniently she’s also making a dishcloth so you can follow her completely!

So here’s my pattern, in my language, because I never really learned how to read crochet patterns properly:

Chain 32, then start a row of single crochets into the 30th chain. When you get to the end of the line chain 2 then return along the line putting a single crochet into the back of each stitch, this creates a rib effect. Repeat that step until you have enough rows to make an adequately sized dishcloth and then tie off.

I hope you can interpret that, but to be honest, it’s pretty similar to the video tutorial above.

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have a non-crochet solution to washing up!

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