Wednesday, March 19, 2008

#28 Scrubbing...


...their skin off. Yes, it's time to mention what every Korean Mom has in the shower. The infamous 'Italy Cloth', or 'Ddeh' cloth. It removes dead skin, a layer of fat, some muscle, and if you scrub hard enough; your soul. Korean Moms are gangsta because they don't cry out from the pain, they say 'Joh-ttah!' instead. Scrubbing with the ddeh cloth should be on a Fear Factor episode. It's either red or green with 2 black stripes running down one end. Either way...it hurts like a mofo. Korean Moms use this EVERYWHERE. They will even hire other Korean Moms to use it on them at Saunas while they lie there in their flayed pale nakedness. Like a piece of raw chicken. They will try and scrub off dirt, hair, moles, birthmarks...everything is up for grabs. Warning: if you know your Korean Mom has used this cloth, no matter how curious you may be, or how 'Shee-won-hae' she claims it is, do not use it on yourself. It's been.....*whispers* there. The Ddeh cloth is a one woman cloth, get your own.

26 comments:

R. Mihee said...

i'm dying, you're going to die too, when you read this: last night i got home and soaked in the bathtub for a while and was like, ew woah i have a lot of ddeh, but i lost my korean bath scrubby, so i told andy to get a new green scrub pad from the kitchen so i could use that instead!!! it totally hurt, but was worth it, i feel very clean.

Chiyo said...

AHAAHAH!!! omg, you're going down a road that is going to end in ahjumah-dom!!! :) hahaha....

Jake said...

"there" *shudders

Anonymous said...

Oh no ddeh, is a pain in the ass. However, I didn't know that only Koreans had ddeh. I feel dirty without taking it off.

Anonymous said...

lol this is so true. My mom used to scrub me since i was very young (maybe 4?) and no matter how many times i tell her i hate this and it really hurts so much she will say "shut up. this is very necessary to clean ur body" and will scrub me for an hour. And she loves this italy towel. She always buys these from korea and keeps always spare new ones in case she loses and she sometimes asks me to scrub her back. but my mom has really good skin and so do i. So i owe it to this italy towels.!!
Italy towels rock!! i love them but yes they do hurt and make my skin so red for a while LOL

Jen said...

LOL! I think I peed my pants...

Hyeree said...

HAHAHA great post. high five.

Jullietta said...

Mum used to "ddaeh mi ruh" and call the "ddaeh" black spaghetti.

Anonymous said...

Scrubbing ddeh and then going under nice hot, almost scalding water has got to be one of the BEST feelings in the world. Uhhh.... I wish I was in Korean where it only costs manwon to get your ddeh scrubbed, I don't have the energy to do a decent job myself. Sigh.. :(

Sue said...

I remember this cloth well. It was wrapped around a balled up washcloth for maximum effect.

Suzanne Nam said...

i love that cloth!!! i totally stock up when i am in korea, i have a pink one with black stripes that's shaped like a mitten in the bathroom now.

MBALADY said...

oh man i know i am making a lot of comments on old posts but this is too great. I can not wash with anything else now!!

crystal said...

this is the best when krn ajummas will go to the local YMCA and will soak in the sauna (stark naked) and then proceed to ddae mi ruh in the shower stalls...ah the memories

Heather *IsaBella and Harrison's Mommy* said...

I have a nice case of KP - no, not Korean Pride, but Keratosis Pilaris... She would scrub that shit off until it came off! Basically, I just turned all red everywhere and it was still there but just "smoother"... She told me that it would disappear once I gave birth so of course, I got married and preggers in a jiffy-lube and guess what - I still have it! (Okay, it's actually not as bad as it used to be so maybe she was kinda right...) And she would try to scrub off my jum's too... Like that was going to work!

Love always,
Heather

Angie said...

This one totally brings me back to the days when my sister and I would sit in the tub and get scrubbed down by my mom hahahaha

Anonymous said...

When my mom didn't have that special sponge, she would rub her hands into my skin until the grim came off. It's quite effective. Try it.

semiotech said...

This is true. I don't have a Korean mum, but my Korean wife does like to scrub me till my skin is red and sore.

That said, I do feel a lot cleaner afterwards.

tonixtonix said...

Today I went and searched for my closest Korean grocer just to buy one of these and try it out for myself. $1.99 later and I am hooked. I think I scrubbed myself back 10 years!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have a picture of what this cloth looks like? I'm not Korean... but Koreans have the BEST skin!~

Brendel said...

I can't live without the Korean scrubbing mitt! I have shared this wonderful bath essential with my friends and they love it!

Colima said...

Where can I get one of these Korean scrubbing mitts in Arizona or online? I used to go have body scrubs at a bath house in the Seattle area, but now I've moved to the desert and can't find one anywhere!

Babs said...

Amazon.com has my favorite italy towel - Salux. They come in pastel colors, are softer and more sudsy than the red and green ones, and are more durable than the knock-offs. I collect them every time I go to the Asian market, and have given them to friends and boyfriends, who are all now addicted.

Anonymous said...

My husband who is Japanese grew up using the Salux cloths, but once I gave him the Korean red or green viscose-type cloths, he was hooked. He even tells his Japanese friends that the Korean ones work better because they don't suds up as much. The viscose type of cloth is rougher, but I think that's why they're more effective in rubbing off more ddeh.

Trvlgyrl said...

This is too funny and so true. I remember my mom scrubbing us until we were red and sore. Ironically enough I purchased some of those scrubbing cloths while I was in Korea and use them occasionally.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chiyo!
I recently came across your blog and i'm obsessed with korean womens beauty! i was so surprised to learn about the italy towel! what a wonderful way to clean yourself! i do have a few doubts though... I have old scars,hyperpigmentation,melasma and what not througout my body and face! also i have hyperpigmentation in my armpits and genital area. I desperatly want to remove them,,...is the korean body scrubbing technique good to remove all these imperfections? i am planning to buy one of those from my local hmart, but wanted to have few opinions before i do so :) I was a bit over weight before and i know the hyperpigmentation was due to that.. no i'm slim as a stick but the darkness has not gone.. please advice me!!! i love your blog!! keep up the wood work!

luv ya

M

M said...

hey chiyo! i love your site!
I recently discovered about the Italy towel from your website and I cant wait to try it out! but i have few questions though... I have hyperpigmentation in my armpits and genital area due to the weight i put on 2years back.. will i be able to remove them with the italy towel? or do u have any other korean beauty secrets? :) i desperatlet want to have even skin tone all over ( i have fair skin) also i have heard by using italy towel regularly it will remove blackheads and even stretch marks... is it true? keep up the good work!

luv ya

M