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.
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 tawashis 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.)
A popular Japanese design for a tawashi, said to resemble a young turtle
A yellow polyurethane sponge with a green nylon sponge. It is called sponge tawashi in Japan.
A luffa sponge, called hechima tawashi in Japanese