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Cheesecloth is a loose-woven gauze-like cotton cloth used primarily in cheese making and cooking.
Cheesecloth is available in at least seven different grades, from open to extra-fine weave. Grades are distinguished by the number of threads per inch in each direction.
Cheesecloth #60 is used in product safety and regulatory testing for potential fire hazards. Cheesecloth is wrapped tightly over the device under test, which is then subjected to simulated conditions such as lightning surges conducted through power or telecom cables, power faults, etc. The device may be destroyed but must not ignite the cheesecloth. This is to ensure that the device can fail safely, and not start electrical fires in the vicinity.
Cheesecloth made to United States Federal Standard CCC-C-440 is used to test the durability of optical coatings per United States Military Standard MIL-C-48497. The optics are exposed to a 95%-100% humidity environment at 120 °F for 24 hours, and then a 1/4″ thick by 3/8″ wide pad of cheese cloth is rubbed over the optical surface for at least 50 strokes under at least 1 pound of force. The optical surface is examined for streaks or scratches, and then its optical performance is measured to ensure that no deterioration occurred.
Cheesecloth is used in India and Pakistan for making summer shirts. Cheesecloth material shirts were popular for beachwear during the 1960s and 1970s in the United States. Cheesecloth has been used to create the illusion of "ectoplasm" during spirit channelings or other ghost related phenomena.
Cheesecloth may also be wrapped around young trees in order to protect them from cicadas.
Cheesecloth may be used for dry ice hash extraction in place of bubble bags.
Cheesecloth is also marketed as "muslin" cloth to parents in the manufacture of baby clothes. The price difference between a yard of cheesecloth and a yard of muslin is a factor of hundreds.
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