DIY Reusable Cleaning Cloths (+ Free Crochet Pattern)

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Sharing a super quick and easy pattern for these DIY Reusable Cleaning Cloths.  The crochet reusable washcloths are a perfect project for Earth Day!

Thanks to Windex for sponsoring this post!

DIY Reusable Cleaning Cloths

Reusable Cleaning Cloths

To me, there is nothing better than coming home to a clean house. Although let’s be realistic, there’s actually no “coming home” to a clean house since I’m the one that’s doing all the cleaning.   

I thoroughly enjoyed the baby and toddler stages of my children, but as they’ve gotten older, I appreciate they can handle more responsibility around the house. (Like chores!)  A task I frequently assign to the kids is emptying the dishwasher and cleaning the counter tops as I work on the dishes. 

I’m thankful for the help but it kills me to look over and see a number of paper towels wasted when they clean the counter tops!  

I want to teach my children the importance of not being wasteful.  (Not only is it bad for the environment, but it’s hard on the pocket book too!)  This is one of the big reasons we are trying to make the switch to using more reusable products.

I’ve tried several different types of reusable cleaning cloths and right now our favorite are these crocheted washcloths!

These reusable cleaning cloths are soft and pliable, which makes them perfect for almost any cleaning project.  They’re made from cotton yarn, hold up wonderfully in the wash and pair perfectly with my favorite Windex® Vinegar Multi-Surface Cleaner.  (The Windex® Vinegar Multi-Surface Cleaner is versatile enough to use throughout your home.  (It’s ammonia-free and has no harsh vinegar smell.) 

The best part about this project is that these reusable cloths are so quick and easy to make.  They are an absolutely perfect project for a beginning crocheter since it is simply straight rows of double crochet.

Crochet Instructions for Reusable Cleaning Cloths:


  • 100% cotton yarn  (I like the Lion Brand Kitchen Cottons)
  • h/8 – 5.00 MM hook
  • Yarn Needle (for weaving in ends)


  • CH – Chain
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • DC – Double Crochet


  1. Row 1: CH 28,
  2. Row 2: DC in 3rd CH from Hook and into the other 28 chains. Turn.
  3. Row 3-14: CH 2, DC across. Turn
  4. Tie off and weave ends into the cloth.

Ready to get cleaning?  Don’t Stand for Dirty!  Windex® Original is America’s #1 glass cleaner and you can find Windex® brand products in the home cleaning section at your local Kroger!  You can Connect with Windex on their social media channels via Facebook or Twitter!


Now it’s your turn!  Do you like to use reusable cleaning cloths of any kind?  If so, what’s your favorite style?  Sound off in the comments below!

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  1. I wanted to print the pattern out and it is 47 pages long that is a little much. wanted a simple cloth like this

    1. That is so weird, considering the pattern is only 3 paragraphs. When I want to print something like that, I usually cut and paste it into an email or word document and print that.

  2. I have never crochet before, so your simple directions are not enough for me. How do I do a double crochet or a single, or even a chain?

  3. Sharon Poff says:

    I have tons of cotton yarn & thank you for sharing this pattern with us.
    It’s a great take along project in the car as well as out on my deck having coffee with friends.

  4. I’m confused. I can crochet but haven’t knitted in probably 45 years or more. These cloths are crocheted, correct? I thought I’d make some sets of cleaning cloths in various sizes for gifts, Would it be alright if I made some for a church bazaar? Thank you!


    1. Yes these are crochet and yes you can make and sell them using the pattern. But I’m curious what is it about the post that’s confusing? If it’s something I can do to make it more clear I’m always up for a little constructive criticism; as long as it’s not about too many ads, because that won’t change, lol. It’s how I make money.

  5. Making some of these today. I need to get some more cotton yarn and I think I will get some of the winded with vinegar. Thanks for the easy pattern. Hope you found your kitchen stuff.?

  6. Corrine Dubbeldee says:

    I used cotton yarn,but after I washed and dryer them they shuck what did I do wrong?

      1. The cotton shrinks when washing it but soon as you wet it, it stretches out to the regular size again. 😃

  7. Linda Johnson says:

    I wonder how it would be to make some a little wider and longer to make a towel for drying the dishes. I made just experience on some as soon as I can get to the store to purchase some cotton yarn.

    1. I think that would work great! Just keep crocheting until you get the size that works for whatever you plan to use them for.

  8. Debra R Geiman says:

    How big are these cloths?

    1. Oh my gosh, we just moved 3 days ago and I still haven’t found my kitchen towels! (or silverware or spatulas for that matter, lol.) They are not perfectly square and are washrag size. I will update the post with measurements once I find them.

      1. or better yet, I may just make a few more as my craft room is mostly unpacked! (Helps that I packed it up in clear bins.)

  9. These are great! What is the approximate size?

    1. They are not perfectly square and are washrag size. We just moved and I will update the post with measurements once I find them again!

      1. Tnx Jamie! I’m new to crocheting and ‘needed’ a reference point – this gives me an idea of the size and I appreciate your speedy response!! Happy Easter!!

  10. Do you just turn or chain 1 then turn?

      1. Thank you

  11. I started making knitted washcloths and we LOVE them in our house!! My children dig through the drawer looking for the knitted ones when cleaning. As my children have started moving out of my home they have requested knitted washcloths for their apartments because of their love for them!!

    1. I want to learn how to knit!

  12. My grandmother used to make these all the time when I was younger. They are some of the best cleaning cloths around!

  13. I love all of the colors you chose! We use rags all the time around our house instead of paper towels or napkins. I never thought to make them myself, although I would have to learn to crochet them first.

  14. Woah when did Windex get vinegar and lose the ammonia?! That is awesome! Also, crochet wash cloths are my favorites. Mine are all grungy and seeing your bright new ones made me want to go make more! Thanks for the free pattern!

  15. These are so practical not to mention a fun project! They’re pretty too, wish my cleaning cloth would end up looking as nice as yours!

  16. Such pretty colors. I love using crocheted cloths. They clean so well.

  17. Wow I definitely need to make these! I’m always going through so many of them and it would be great to save some money and make my own!

  18. I have been wanting to make some of these but thought they were too complicated, thanks for sharing this simple little pattern!

  19. This is a cute idea. My 5 year old has just taken on dusting our new coffee & end tables as one of her chores. That black furniture is a dust collector! Anyway, these cloths would be perfect for her to get her job done!