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Kitchen & Table

Natural Fiber Scrubber "Tawashi" by Kamenoko


Tawashi is the Japanese word for wet scrubbing brush. These durable biodegradable brushes have become a Japanese household staple and is used for cleaning everything from cutting boards, dishes, pots, and pans. Another common use of the brushes is to clean the skin of fresh vegetables such as carrots, radishes, potatoes, etc. There are also softer brushes that can be used as body bath brushes. Handy hook for drying.

Since 1907, the production of Kamenoko Tawashi products have remained unchanged for over 100 years and is still made the same way since its creation by Nishio Shouzaemon in Tokyo using the same natural materials of woven palm fibers. Kamenoko means small-turtle and Tawashi means scrubber in Japanese. The name is in reference to its shape, and its connection to water and longevity.