They are not just for drying your dishes and wiping your countertops. It is one of the most versatile tools around the house. Today, I want to share with you my favourite ways to use the cloth.
1. In the Shower
Shirayuki Cloth softens over time. The more you use them, the better they feel against your skin. Making it perfect for washing your face and body. In Japan, Shirayuki Cloth is a popular gift for newborns as the soft cloth is ideal for bathing newborns.
2. Removing Makeup
Shirayuki Cloth is great at removing makeup! With a gentle wipe, the eight layers of mesh cloth removes makeup. Gently move the wet cloth around your eyes in a circular motion. You will notice that cloth has picked up all of the eye makeup.
3. Cleaning Cast Iron Skillet
Don’t ask me why and how, but the Shirayuki Cloth just works the best when cleaning greasy cast iron cookware. One day, I discovered this trick when I was struggling with the greasiness of my skillet. I know it’s best to avoid using soap when washing cast iron cookware. I decided to scrub my skillet gently with a Shirayuki cloth. Voila!
I was blown away! The excess grease slid right off with warm water while preserving the pan’s seasoning..
Since then, whenever I am cleaning cast iron cookware, I first remove the food using a Tawashi (Shuro Palm Scrubber), and gently scrub the pan with a Shirayuki cloth under warm water. Once the pan is clean, I dry the it with …(yup, you guessed it!)… a dry Shirayuki Kitchen Cloth! I really hope you try this magic if you have a cast iron cookware!
4. Substitute for Oven Mitts
Everyday, I cook rice in a Staub pot that has a metal knob which tend to get very hot. To prevent burns, I use a Shirayuki Kitchen Cloth to grab the lid by the knob. I fold a Shirayuki Cloth over a couple of times so it’s extra thick.
5. Substitute for Pot Mat
If you don't have a trivet or a pot mat, a Shirayuki cloth will work just fine. Simply fold it and place it underneath the the pot to protect the table from scorching marks. (Hey, it may be a good time for you to check out our Niigata Straw Pot Mat!)
6. Cleaning Around the House
When I first open a new package (I love those moment!), I usually start using a Shirayuki Cloth as a dishcloth to dry dishes. They are then repurposed as a kitchen cloth and used to wipe down the counter or table.
Once they’re pretty worn down, I use them as a cleaning cloth. Shirayuki Cloth is so durable that we can use them for a very long time.
7. Living with Less Waste
Wouldn’t you agree that it’s far better than using disposable paper towels or anything else that doesn’t last? (Let’s all live Green!) Cleaning windows, mirrors, handrails, door knobs, tiles, bathrooms, wiping the paws of our dog, and the list goes on. After repeated washing, the cloth does not fluff up.
A quick wash can usually remove any stains or dirt on a Shirayuki Cloth. When absolutely needed, both chlorine and oxygen-based bleaches can be used to clean the cloth. You can bleach it repeatedly without any worry of the color fading.
What I like to do to deep clean the cloth is to boil them in a sauce pan. Simply fill a pot with water, bring it to a boil, add the cloth. Leave it in the boiling water for about 15 minutes. This will kill any bacteria that may be living inside the towels. Then, using tongs, remove the cloths and hang them to dry.
I hope this has inspires you to try a new use for your Shirayuki Cloth. If you're one of those people who hasn't tried the cloth yet, I hope you do!
Let us know what your favourite way of using the Shirayuki Cloth below in comment section!