We wouldn't be surprised if you've never seen these little wash cloths before. They're ingrained in Dutch washing culture but outside of the Netherlands, not so much. We'd love to introduce them to you because they are amazing!
What are they?
These little cloth bags, or gloves, are called 'washandje' in Dutch. Literally translated, it's a 'little washing hand'. They have been used since forever in the Netherlands to wash yourself in the shower or by the sink. You stick your hand inside, add some soap and start scrubbing away.
Why we love them:
- They're made of 100% cotton, replacing those plastic sponges and poufs that are commonly used in the shower.
- They have an incredibly long life span. Because they are made of cotton, they can be washed in the washing machine with your other towels and cloths, so you can use them over and over again.
- You need less soap than when you wash yourself with your hands.
- The fabric of the cloth makes for a really good but gentle scrub, so they leave you feeling incredibly clean without irritating the skin.
- They can be used in the shower or in bath, but also outside the shower or other places where you have less access to water. For example, they're incredible when you go camping, when you live in a van, to quickly wash your face or armpits by the sink, and to wash elderly or sick people that cannot move to the shower easily.
- These wash gloves wrap around your whole hand, making them incredibly easy to and convenient to use compared to regular wash cloths.