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Eco-Friendly Dish Scrubber Ideas

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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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!

Luffas

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.

 

Plastic Bags

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

Toothbrushes

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.

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21 thoughts on “Eco-Friendly Dish Scrubber Ideas

  1. This is a nice round-up of ideas! I have to admit I’m a little squeamish at the thought of cleaning dishes with a toothbrush I no longer want to put in my mouth…but if you then re-wash the dish with your dishcloth, it’s probably clean enough, and maybe I’m just being silly.

    Another use for mesh produce bags is to make a Soap Saver.

  2. I wouldn’t have thought to use those as dish scrubbers but I bet they work great! I also didn’t know that luffas were from the garden like you I thought they were from the sea. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday blog hop.

  3. I love using old toothbrushes to get in all those nooks and crannies! I also always have those mesh bags around the house and end up throwing them out, definitely going to try making my own dish scrubber!

  4. I already use toothbrushes for cleaning and now I am going to try those dish scrubbers as I do end up with a few plastic mesh bags (they are also great for storing garden produce through the winter mind you!) I also wonder if it would be warm enough here to grow a luffa – I may give them a go in the polytunnel next year!

    Thank you so much for linking up to #GoingGreen and I hope you’ll pop over for the next one which opens on July 3rd 💚

  5. I love your ideas. I love using the mesh scrubber – to me they work better than any other scrubber I have ever used and you really can’t buy them in the stores. I love using old toothbrushes too – they work great for the tiny little cracks that dirt and grime hide in. Thanks for provided these directions on how to make them. Congratulations on being featured on #GoingGreenLinky. Pinned & tweeted. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day!

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