Many of us use paper towels daily and toss them out, not thinking twice how much we’ve used. When there are big spills, it’s amazing how many paper towel sheets are used to clean up spilled milk. Well, I was lucky enough to try out some samples of SKOY via one of the SKOY owners, Michelle Lundqvist, who claimed this highly absorbent and reusable product is equivalent to 15 rolls of paper towels. I was eager to see if it could actually pick up, at the very least, after my child…and of course, try it out in the kitchen, bathroom and other surfaces.
What is SKOY? It’s a 100% biodegradable, absorbent, re-usable, European-made, multi-use cloth for the home or office. The cloths are made from a natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp which can be used in replace of your sponge, wash cloth or paper towels. Each SKOY cloth has the absorption factor of 15x its own weight and surprisingly dries up fairly quickly. When it dries, it hardens to minimize growth of bacteria and is even safe enough to toss into the dishwasher or microwave to keep the cloths germ-free. Each cloth has the ability to last anywhere from 1 week to 1 month depending on the usage. SKOY cloths takes around 5 weeks to completely biodegrade under the right compost conditions.
When I received my package, I was delighted to get 4 brightly colored SKOY clothes (water-based colors), with a simple raffia tie wrapping. They were quite adorable with a cute flower design on each one, perfect for encouraging my toddler to use it for cleanup. The cloths are soft, but thick and really do hold quite a bit of water. I experimented with some spilled milk - they worked great! But I was a bit skeptical about using them for surfaces. I wasn’t sure if the thickness of the cloths would interfere with polishing my furniture (how much spray would I have to use?) I was surprised though. They worked BETTER than paper towels…much better actually. Not lying. I got a shinier look, no ‘paper flecks’ were left behind and it even seemed to pick up more dirt than a paper towel. Now, I realize the paper towels were shifting some of the dirt around and not actually picking it up! I’m sold!
They are quite affordable at $5.99 for a 4-pack with mixed colors or white, especially for the durability and performance of the cloths. You can purchase them online on SKOYs site or if you are in the San Diego area, they will be available at Great News! Discount Cookware and Cooking School in PB and Cardiff Seaside Market.