I have decided I'll give these knitted dish cloths a go. I haven't been very comfortable with the idea but I have researched and worked out you can soak and wash them and so, in the end, they are more hygienic than anything else you use. You need cotton or a cotton blend so that they are absorbent but that also makes them easy care and easy wash and they wouldn't be adding to the washing load. I have also worked too they would be a good way to practise new patterns before you try your main project with that pattern! There are some good free patterns on allfreeknitting. Favecrafts discusses the best yarns to use. Frugalandthriving looks at the benefits of knitted dishcloths from a personal and environmental point of view.