knits by sachi

Eco Tawashi

on January 27, 2015

Eco Tawashi. This one is sold online for charity in Japan.


The tawashi is a Japanese popular scrubbing brush. We use it for cleaning and washing up dishes.

The traditional Tawashi is called Kamenoko Tawashi, literally meaning the tawashi looks like a young turtle and is made of fiber of a hemp palm.

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It is hard, durable and waterproof and it is suitable for washing kitchen equipment as pots and pans. You can also use it to clean bathtubs or brush off dirt from trainers. It should not be used for delicate items.

These days, “Eco Tawashi” is very popular in Japan.

It is crocheted with 100% Acrylic yarn and you can make one very easily if you know the basic crochet. It is scratch-free, and can be used for dishes and small cleaning jobs. The prefix eco- indicates that it creates less pollution because it can be used without soap or other detergents.

Because the yarn is made of very fine synthetic fibers similar to microfiber, and that this fine-filamented material is the key to magical cleaning.

The best part of using eco tawashi is that you can do dishes without soap. This way, you save lots of water and you don’t need to use synthetic detergent, which drains into our lakes, rivers, and oceans. If your plates are a little greasy, add some baking soda or vinegar, and you’ll be surprised by the results.

My son should bring one to World Challenge in Africa.

Here is one of the very simple tawashi pattern.

Finished Size

4″ (12cm) diameter

Pattern Note

This pattern is in continuous round, without turning or joining at the end of each round, unless otherwise specified. I use Double knit acrylic yarn (8-ply) and 4-5mm crochet hook.

UK abbriviations are used.
Round 1: Make 1 chain, 6 dc into the ring. Do not join in first st — 6 dc total.
Round 2: Work 2 dc in each dc round — 12 dc total.
Round 3: *dc in next st, 2 dc in next; rep from * around — 18 dc total.
Round 4: *2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around — 24 dc total. Fasten off.

You can see how the stitches are increased. You can make a bigger Tawashi if you would like.

You can find more patterns online. I have found a free pattern on Ravelry:

I have made a simple one for my kitchen, but unfortunately, it has been very well used and not too photogenic.

I show you some fantastic designs I found. Eco tawashi making has gained popularity in Japan. It is enjoyed very widely, and many books are published. It is a very good project to be enjoyed from beginner to advanced.

Aren’t they cute? They are too nice to be used for washing ups.
I may have a go at designing some knitted Eco Tawashi. I can use up my rather unwanted acrylic yarn that way. That would be double “eco”.

3 responses to “Eco Tawashi

  1. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for the pattern! It seems as though we learn something new everyday. I was not familiar with tawashi or silver to prevent bacteria.

  2. Pam says:

    The totoro ones are so cute. I could never wash my pots with those!!

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