The traditional 'J-Cloth' doesn't look like plastic, but it is, and when used it sheds hundreds of tiny plastic microfibres. Switching to plastic-free cotton cleaning cloths will stop microplastics being washed down the drain and could save you money.
Packaging: Paper-wrapper / none
End of Life: Biodegradable
Recommended by Isabel M.
"These particular cotton cloths are from Poundland and come in a bundle for just £1. I have used them for all types of cleaning. They are much more durable than the 'J-Cloths' I was using before and these wash well."
Cloths are 100% plastic-free (look for 100% cotton)
Clean really well, for dishes and household cleaning
Some of the brands sell cloths in plastic-wrappers, and others have plastic-laminated paper wrappers with a small piece of sellotape, so it is worth shopping around to packaging-free cloths
Often slightly more expensive than the supermarket 'all purpose cloths' (i.e. 'J-cloth' style cloths) but will last longer
Where to Buy...
Poundland, hardware stores, etc
Carefully check anything labelled 'microfibre' as these are likely to be synthetic fabric.
Machine wash up to 40 degrees
Check that any new cloths you buy are 100% natural material (e.g. cotton) and don't contain any synthetic materials (e.g. polyester). Avoid anything labelled 'microfibre'.
This information is provided as a guide only and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.