So. " Swedish sponge cloths." I'd certainly never heard of them, but -- as one of those twisted souls who actually loves cleaning -- I was pretty pumped to find a few samples of these all-purpose cleaning cloths on my desk the other day. It turns out sponge cloths have been a staple in Scandinavian kitchens for the past 60 years, although they're only recently starting to make waves in the North American market, via dealers like Toronto-based etailer Ten & Co. Ten & Co.'s eco-friendly take on the sponge cloth is made from cellulose, which is quick-drying, naturally anti-bacterial, and gentle enough to use on virtually any surface in the kitchen, including granite, stainless steel, laminate and glass. What's more, they're a heckuva lot cooler on your counter than that grotty old kitchen sponge. The Ten & Co. team actually designs their own sponge cloths, including these fab festive motifs that would make fantastic stocking stuffers for those cleaning-freaks on your gift-giving list. (Presuming I'm not the only clean-freak out there, that is.) Nice price, to boot! Take a look:
Black & White Trees sponge cloth, $5, Ten & Co.:
Red Stag sponge cloth, $5, Ten & Co.:
Blue Chevron sponge cloth, $5, Ten & Co.:
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