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Old 04-17-2007, 04:56 AM   #1
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Why knitted washcloths?
You know, I must admit, I've never come across knitted washcloths in Australia and really wasn't aware of them until I came here. Can people tell me why you like them and how you deal with the typical 'smelly washcloth' issue? I use commercial ones now like sponges with a no scratch scourer on the back because I kept finding the thin cloths inevitably became smelly.
What is the best type of yarn to use?
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Old 04-17-2007, 05:09 AM   #2
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Re: Why knitted washcloths?
Originally Posted by Susan P.
You know, I must admit, I've never come across knitted washcloths in Australia and really wasn't aware of them until I came here. Can people tell me why you like them and how you deal with the typical 'smelly washcloth' issue? I use commercial ones now like sponges with a no scratch scourer on the back because I kept finding the thin cloths inevitably became smelly.
What is the best type of yarn to use?
Eeeeeeeeeee I hate smelly washcloths!
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Old 04-17-2007, 05:15 AM   #3
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I love my knitted dish clothes, they scrub nice and they don't wear out as fast as store bought ones.
When I am done using mine I give it a quick hand wash with some dish soap and hang them on the hooks on the back of the cupboard door , under my sink. As long as they are hung to dry, they don't gather that ewww smell from being left balled up in the sink.
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:34 AM   #4
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Emeraldcutie..do you use mainly a nylon based yarn?
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:00 AM   #5
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blech. nylon yarn in a washcloth= naaaaaaaaaaaasty! horrible feeling on your hands! i prefer all cotton. that way, i can bleach them.
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:01 AM   #6
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I use cotton, but I've heard that acrylic gives a better scratching quality, for stuck on food.

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I prefer using something disposable when I wash dishes.
I have been making cotton dishclothes though.

I was trying to knit a sweater with a cotton blend yarn that was giving me fits!

I started making dishclothes in 100% cotton, trying out some of the stitch patterns from the sweater, hoping that the sweater yarn will seem easier after this.

I will give the dishclothes to my mother when I am done, because she quite likes them.
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I've used 100% cotton. Once a week I soak my dishcloth and sponge in a mild bleach solution to kill all the bacteria and destroy food particles. It's the food particles breaking down that cause the odor. Yes, eventually, the color does fade out, but as my daughter says, "It's a dishrag!"

With that said, I've heard lots of good comments about Lion Brand microspun for dishcloths, and believe it or not, socks, too. One would think 100% acrylic would not be the answer yet those that have made both swear by it.
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Jill A. Why the problem knitting with the cotton..cos it takes forever? Or you hated the feeling?
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I don't actually use them to wash dishes. I wipe counters with them. Also, I make small washcloths (swatches) for the bath to try out new stitch patterns. If you include a loop and hang them up to dry, they don't get smelly. We do wash them in the washer every now and then, though.
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