Sponge To Dishcloth: Our Dishwashing Dilemma

Yesterday I rejoined the ranks of the dishwasher-less. Completely unprepared for the event I found myself sponge and brush-less in front of a pile of used dishes. I'd never used fabric to do dishes before, but I was in a bind, so I reached for the tea towels and got to work. I was amazed that I'd never considered it before. It's greener, it's cheaper... I'll never need to buy dishwashing supplies again! But not everyone was so pleased.

It took a lot of convincing but after a quick trial and the development of a washing management system that involves piping hot water, air drying, regular washing and separate cloths for benches and dishes, my household made the switch! As of yesterday we are a dishcloth household.

Has anyone else made the switch? How do you wash up?

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(Image: Sarah Starkey)