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A tawashi (たわし or 束子, lit., a bundle) is a scrubbing brush for wet cleaning, of a style that is popular in Japan. Traditionally, tawashis were made of a hemp palm.
In Japan, sponges used for rubbing and washing are now treated as forms of tawashi.
A metallic tawashi (金属たわし kinzoku tawashi) is made of metal; steel, stainless steel, and brass are frequent choices. They may be used in removing scorching and rust.
Several synthetic polymers are frequently seen:
- A polyurethane sponge is sometimes called sponge tawashi (スポンジたわし suponji tawashi).
- Nylon sponges, sometimes called nylon tawashi (ナイロンたわし nairon tawashi), are suitable for washing tough stains, but should not be used on delicate items.
- An acrylic tawashi (アクリルたわし akuriru tawashi) is a tawashi made of acrylic, typically knitted or crocheted.
A luffa sponge, or luffa tawashi (ヘチマたわし hechima tawashi), is used as a body scrub.
In recent times,[vague] some tawashs are crocheted from cotton yarn, producing the eco-friendly tawashi (エコたわし eko tawashi), which is scratch-free, and used for dishes and small cleaning jobs. (The prefix eco- (エコ) indicates that it creates less pollution because[vague] it can be used without soap or detergents.
Gallery of tawashi styles
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