wash·cloth | \ˈwȯsh-ˌklȯth, ˈwäsh-\

Definition of washcloth 

: a cloth that is used for washing one's face and body

called also facecloth, washrag

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In addition to a large bath sheet (slightly larger than your average bath towel), the collection also features a standard-sized bath towel, hand towel, washcloth, and bath mat. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "Brooklinen's New Super Plush Towel Dried My Waist-Length Hair in Under 10 Minutes," 10 May 2018 For your skincare routine, consider using reusable cloth rounds or a soft washcloth instead of disposable cotton pads or face wipes. Mandy Ferreira, Good Housekeeping, "17 Ways To Produce Less Trash And Save Money—According To Zero Wasters," 12 July 2017 Then, with a warm, wet washcloth gently wipe it all off. Larell Scardelli, Good Housekeeping, "11 Old Fashioned Beauty Treatments Grandma Used That You Should Too," 6 July 2017 Try soaking a washcloth in cool green tea or skim milk, which contain additional antioxidants. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Sunburn Itches — And How to Stop It," 25 May 2018 Skip harsh scrubs and even washcloths, which can be too rough on your face and can cause irritation. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "Your Clear Skin Countdown: 30 Pro Tips for Getting Rid of Acne Fast," 17 Oct. 2017 The best part is, using the Konjac sponge doesn't add any extra steps to your routine; just swap it in for your washcloth and combine with your favorite cleanser. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "Clear Your Skin With a Mini-Facial Every Day," 25 Feb. 2015 Shops and households that can afford air-conditioners cranked them up, but most people were left with few options: wet washcloths and electric fans, and those only for the few hours when the power was on. Meher Ahmad, New York Times, "Looking for a Bit of Shade as Intense Heat Wave Hits Karachi," 29 May 2018 In the end, Kim leaves with toys for her older kids, and washcloths for the baby. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of washcloth

1863, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of washcloth

: a small piece of cloth that you use to wash your face and body


wash·cloth | \ˈwȯsh-ˌklȯth, ˈwäsh-\

Kids Definition of washcloth

: a small towel for washing the face and body

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