One way to reduce your waste is by having reusable sponges / cloths / scrubbies to clean with, but this can be an expensive venture. This is where the Tawashi steps in. Made purely from old socks, this zero-waste sponge costs nothing but about 15 minutes of your time to make.
You can use these as dish scrubbers, to wipe down surfaces or to just generally clean up messes, and they are an eco-friendly alternative to typical dish scrubbers, which usually contain plastic.
All you need is a square dish or tub, 20 pegs and some old socks.
How to make Tawashi’s:
1. Cut your socks into approximately 3cm strips and put them to one side. To prepare your loom, put five pegs on each side of your square dish, making sure each peg has a peg opposite it.
2. Then, take one strip of sock and pull it over the dish lengthways, so it’s threaded over two pegs, repeat this another four times.
3. Next, turn your dish ninety degrees and start weaving another strip of sock through the others, start by threading it over, then under, then over, and so on.
4. Take the next strip of sock and repeat step 3, but start by threading it under instead of over. Continue for the next three strips of socks, alternating starting over and under each time.
5. Finally, remove a corner peg and the peg next to it, and thread the sock through the remaining loop, continue this all the way around your dish. I found this video really helpful for a visual on how to do this part.
There’s a lot of pros to making these Tawashi’s. They are an inexpensive version of reusable cleaning items and by reusing old items you’re reducing your carbon footprint as there are fewer materials and energy used than if you buy new. Also, if you have any scrap material left over you can easily make something like a bookmark or a cord keeper so that you don’t waste the leftover fabric.
Once your Tawashi’s get dirty, you can throw them in the wash so that you can reuse them.
Let me know if you try to make any Tawashi’s, and let me know how it goes!