These super absorbent dish cloths are environmentally friendly. Use them over and over again rather than using one-use paper towel. These start out stiff but soften when wet. Made of 70% cellulose and 30% cotton, they are all-natural and compostable. Wash them in the washing machine or put them on the top shelf of your dishwasher to sanitize then. Then use them again and again. They absorb 15 times their weight in water and come in many attractive and seasonal designs. Great stocking stuffers.