Green Cleaning: Tawashi Dish Scrubbers

Spring cleaning is not only a good time to give your home a good top-to-bottom clean, but to evaluate how you clean and what you clean with. While we'll probably keep our Chore Boy scrubber around for some of our tougher jobs, we like the idea of switching to more environmentally-friendly, reusable scrubbers for our everyday dishwashing. Called Tawashi in Japan, we've found some you can buy and some you can make - links below the jump.

1 Etsian Laksaware makes and sells both handmade dish scrubbers ($3) and dishtowels ($3)

2 Laksaware's (above) dish scrubbie in action

3 Tawashi flowers with link to tutorial by hddod (photo licensed for use under Creative Commons)

4 Tutorial for making your own crocheted tawashi at Craft Stylish

5 Crocheted cotton dish/bath scrubbie by Auntie She, $2

You will find others for sale by searching for "tawashi" at Etsy and you can find lots of tutorial links at Shh, I'm Counting.

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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