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From sustainable home decor to clean beauty products, everyone is talking about the many ways we can make our shopping habits more eco-friendly. So when I read about a reusable Swedish cleaning cloth that could replace wasteful paper towels and rags, I was immediately interested.
I didn't know what "Skoy" meant, but the Skoy Cloth's 4.7-star average rating and $8 price tag spoke my language. So, I ordered a four-pack when I recently ran out of paper towels — and that may have been my last roll ever.
Skoy Cloths are super sustainable
Skoy, spelled "skoj" in Swedish, means "just for fun." I don't know that cleaning will ever be fun, but it can be sustainable. Made of 70 percent wood pulp and 30 percent cotton, these cloths are 100 percent biodegradable. According to the company's website, one cloth completely broke down in just five weeks during an independent composting test.
And unlike sponges — which these cloths can also replace — they're not treated with chemicals. The vibrant colors actually come from nontoxic dyes and inks.
These cloths may come in an array of colors, but I only care that they're all "green." I haven't conducted any experiments, but according to Skoy's claims, one cloth can replace more than 15 rolls of paper towels. Considering a 15-pack of paper towels would set me back about $20, and these cloths cost about $2/each, I'm potentially saving major money.
They're easy to clean with
If a dishrag, sponge, scrubber and paper towel all had a baby, it would be this cloth. Regardless of what you use it to replace, it's super easy to use.
Each cloth is about 20 times as thick as a paper towel, making it a perfect replacement for soaking up spilled liquids. So, while it's not as big as a standard paper towel, it is much more absorbent and durable.
When I'm ready to wash some dishes, I simply add water and a drop of dish soap and start scrubbing. Microfiber towels are still the fastest drying towels I've found, but these cloths do dry quicker than dishrags and sponges.
They're also easy to clean
I'd never thought about cleaning a cloth in the microwave until I read Skoy Cloth's care instructions. Not only can I toss these in with a load of laundry, but I can also clean them in the microwave to kill bacteria and unpleasant odors. Of course, the instructions make it clear that you have to soak them in water first. (If you don't wet the cloth before putting it in the microwave, you could start a fire.)
The instructions also say you can stick them in the dishwasher. I prefer to clean mine this way since I use them to wipe down my stove, and I use dishwasher detergents that get rid of grease, which the microwave can't do.
I love the backstory
Few things sell me on a product like a feel-good backstory. Skoy was founded by two best friends, Michelle and Karen, who were stay-at-home moms in California fed up with paper towel consumption. So, they spent a year doing research and coming up with the formula for Skoy Cloth. I also like that their cloths — which are made in Germany — are packaged in the USA by an organization that employs people with disabilities.
While I can't say for a fact that I'll never buy another roll of paper towels, I can say that I'll think twice before adding them to my cart. Skoy Cloths may not make cleaning fun, per se, but they certainly make it more sensible.
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