I think you mean a "flannel" (that's what you call it round here anyway). The action is just "washing".Dear friends,
We usually use something (a clothe) to clean dirt from the skin ,what do you call this and what is the verb for this action please?
thanks in advance.
You may well have seen it.Darn I thought I'd seen it
I should perhaps acknowledge that flannel, or face flannel, would be understood by most literate BE-speakers.I think "flannel" must be the UK term for it. I have only heard "flannel" used as the name of a type of soft fabric.
"Washcloth" is most common here. I thought of "rag," too, but it seems that a rag is used more for washing dishes than for washing skin.