Where’s my Washcloth? Plus 31 Days of Giveaways – Day 24

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Whether you call it a washcloth, wash rag, face-washer, flannel or face cloth, the small square towel is often popular for washing for faces and bodies in the shower or bath. Americans reading this might think to themselves that of course all hotels have washcloths, and I’d noticed occasionally that not all properties had them in Europe but thought it was an oversight.

Recently at a property in a Scandinavia, there weren’t any in the bathroom so I called down to the front desk to see if one could be brought up. I found out that not only did the hotel not have any, they’d made a conscious decision not to provide them any longer.

They said it helped them cut down on cost and not many guests had been using them anyhow. They had plenty of the larger sized hand towels, but no washcloths. Washing mitts, which are similar items where the hand fits inside what is essentially the same sized towel are often used in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium and Iran, but not in Scandinavia so there were none of those either.

I like washcloths but maybe I’m old-fashioned. I dragged one of those large hand towels in the shower, but it was so large it was comical. I travel often and somehow I missed the memo year after year that washcloths just aren’t provided everywhere outside of the United States.

To enter today’s contest to win a swag bag of goodies, leave a comment on this post about washcloths. Do you use them, and have you found yourself at a property without them? Am i the last one to figure out that they aren’t provided in all hotels?

The contest ends at 9pm PST, and for full contest rules you can click here.

Good luck!

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  1. Robin
    Reply

    I don’t use them, I use one of those squishy things. I even have a travel sized one.

  2. JP
    Reply

    I rarely use them anyway. I don’t think I would notice if they were gone.

  3. Shari M
    Reply

    I don’t use ’em, but my husband does – and recently in Japan he found himself in a similar situation! He used a hand towel in the shower and had a mini adult tantrum about how heavy it got, how it wasn’t the same, etc! That said, I see the logic – when I travel solo I never use the wash clothes!

  4. Mark
    Reply

    I don’t use them, I use a travel loofah, or my hands if I forget it, my wife uses them a lot but more for washing her face than anything else.

  5. Lewis
    Reply

    Not a big fan of face cloths. I don’t use them. Thanks for the contest.

  6. Debra
    Reply

    I don’t use washcloths. I do take notice of what towels hotels provide and don’t think i have ever not received washcloths.

  7. marcus
    Reply

    I like washcloths for use outside the shower, like for washing my face and wiping my feet off before going to bed. I find that most hotels do not provide enough for my use.

  8. elizabeth
    Reply

    washclothes are the bomb.com

  9. Bill n DC
    Reply

    I have a specific purpose for wash clothes, so I want one – however the large hand towel would/will also work 🙂

  10. Cabetca
    Reply

    When choosing a hotel, the availability of a washcloth is about the last amenity I think about. Don’t use one at home, don’t need one when traveling. So definitely not an issue for me.

  11. Denise L
    Reply

    I use a loofah at home. When I find a hotel without washcloths, usually in Europe, I just make do. Not a big problem for me.

  12. David
    Reply

    I use them and miss them if not available at a hotel. I find it is usually the smaller, non-chain hotels in Europe that don’t provide them.

  13. Amanda
    Reply

    I use them, but I haven’t been to a hotel that doesn’t have them.

  14. Anita
    Reply

    I use them on my face but only at home. I don’t use the hotel ones I’m weird like that.

  15. Sue
    Reply

    I don’t use them but I have it around for my guest.

  16. Megan
    Reply

    Never use washcloths. We keep some around though.

  17. r hirsch
    Reply

    never use washcloths. i prefer those puffy thingys.

  18. Jordan
    Reply

    Rarely use them.

  19. Mary
    Reply

    Hardly ever use washcloths.

  20. James
    Reply

    It drives me crazy that European hotels do not have washcloths. I have decided to start packing a few cheap ones when I travel and just toss them when I leave. Don’t get me started on missing top sheets.

  21. Kathy
    Reply

    Ha, we don’t use them. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. paul v
    Reply

    don’t use them (my wife does, though)

  23. Curtis Lu
    Reply

    wash clothes are great for bathing little ones in hotel tubs.

  24. Karrie
    Reply

    I love them

  25. CnMaz
    Reply

    I do like using them when I travel as well and have noticed that they are not common in Europe. You can always take the one from the flight if you are traveling in business class and dispose of it at the end of your trip.

  26. TJ
    Reply

    Washcloths will be obsolete within 10 years because millenials don’t use them…

  27. Michele
    Reply

    I use washcloths all the time at home and when traveling. I am a new knitter and I am working on knitting a washcloth that I can take overseas.

  28. JAXBA
    Reply

    I grew up in the UK using a flannel, didn’t hear it called a washcloth until I moved to the US. The first hotel I stayed in in London on a visit back didn’t have them, so now we always pack a few when we travel, just in case. I even put this little factoid in a guide I wrote for colleagues visiting London for the first time. 🙂

  29. Paula
    Reply

    I use them. What would I do if they were missing? Probably just make do without.

  30. MJ
    Reply

    Wash cloths aren’t necessary if you bring your own sandpaper…..

  31. Eric
    Reply

    I use them. I was shocked years ago when at a hotel in Europe to find they were not offered. Now, on my first day visiting a foreign city, I stop into a nice linen shop and buy a few nice washclothes or mitts. They always have something that will work and it is a great when I look in my linen closet and have vacation memories.

  32. Samantha
    Reply

    I’ve seen those little folded over washcloths in Germany and loved them. I love using washcloths so I would miss them.

  33. Dee
    Reply

    Don’t use them a lot but do have them around and would notice if they were missing from the room!

  34. Marcia
    Reply

    I use them to shower with even at home.

  35. Rucj
    Reply

    I use them
    On my second trip to Europe I brought my own with me !
    Those big towels are HEAVY when wet !!

  36. Rich
    Reply

    Name is Rich
    Spell check

  37. nbdona
    Reply

    Visiting my daughter Paris apartment in 1993, after recent back surgery, I stood in a stool in the narrow hallway, searching for a washcloth. The floor had a severe slope due to this Marais apartment complex being hastily built over a filled-in swamp by the French royalty, who needed a location far from the city center, in case they had to make a quick escape to the countryside. Of course, the stool toppled. Miraculously, I didn’t re-injur my back. Asking my daughter “Where are your washcloths?”, she said the French don’t use washcloths”.

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