Eco-Friendly Kitchen Sponges
The cost of a good dish scrubber is a steep one at times, but with these eco-friendly dish scrubber ideas, you’ll never have to worry about that cost.
Make Your Own Eco-Dish Sponge
Mesh Produce Bags
I love happy accidents in upcycling adventures and this eco-friendly dish scrubber is one of my favorites. I don’t have a dish washer in my apartment and sometimes getting my dishes clean is a real struggle. Until about a year ago, I was stuck buying sponges, scrubbing pads and sometimes even a copper SOS pad. Not anymore. One day, I was out of just about everything and I really needed to get a pan clean so I could get to work. The regular sponge wasn’t working and I was out of everything with a scratchier surface. I saw a mesh produce bag lying on the counter and I just grabbed it and hoped for the best. Seriously, there’s nothing I can’t get off with this eco-friendly dish scrubber.
At first, I didn’t mess with trying to make it look cute, instead I just hung it around the sink. Then I saw this super cute scrubbie tutorial and decided to give it a try. I decided to slightly modify it because I had some different fruit nets I wanted to use up. Check out the tutorial below.
Step 1: Cut off the ends
It’s best if the nets are opened from the ends because it will give you more material to work with.
Step 2: Roll Them Up
This is where I started slightly modify the previous tutorial. My nets were small and loose, while hers could be more tightly rolled.
Step 4: Fill the Exterior Net
First, push the exterior net up through the holes of the three interior nets. Leave just enough at the end to wrap around the three wrapped nets.
Step 5: Wrap It Up
Pull the interior around the outside of the bags and then up through the middle. Wrap the exterior bags around until you get the end.
Step 6: Tie a Knot
Once you’ve wrapped the exterior net as many time as you can, tie a knot in the end to hold it all together.
And there you have it! A practically free, eco-friendly dish scrubber! You can see in the picture below how easy it is to clean your pans with this fruit net scrubbie. You’ll never have to waste money on scrubbies again!
See the tutorial in action with this video!
My whole life I always thought luffas were from the ocean, but actually they’re gourds that grow on a vine. The luffa vines are prolific. For just the cost of a packet of seeds, you can grow enough luffas to serve as eco-friendly dish scrubbers for quite some time.
Check out this informative post about how to grow your own luffas.
You’ll have more luffas then you’ll know what to do with, so see more unbelievable ways to use them here.
Once I discovered the beauty of mesh produce bag scrubbers, this was kind of the next step. This requires some crocheting and plarn making, which is why I prefer the mesh produce bag method, but in a mesh bagless bind, this looks perfectly fine. To learn how to make plarn (plastic yarn), check out my tutorial here.
Once you’ve got your plarn ready, you can check out this simple eco-friendly dish scrubber pattern here.
Dish Scrubbers with Handles
We all have one of these lying around from time to time. Although there’s always that certain point where we should stop putting them in our mouth, there is still one last use for them. They make great eco-friendly dish scrubbers, especially if there’s a hard to reach spot.