Every once in awhile two problems collide to solve each other…
Problem one: I love my hand crocheted washcloths because they are fun to make, easy to clean/sterilize and gentle on my dishes. They are, however, useless when confronted with a stuck on mess. I refuse to use plastic scruffies because they are expensive, impossible to sterilize so they quickly get nasty, and fall apart after a couple uses.
Problem two: I am on a mission to reduce the amount of plastic in my life. I am obsessive about recycling, and I hate it when something plastic has to go in the trash. So, a few years ago when I started buying shallots in 1lb bags at my warehouse club, I hated throwing out the rather substantial plastic bag they come in (the purple netting above).
Then inspiration struck…
Those plastic netting bags are the PERFECT substitute for a plastic scruffie!
You can fold them into whatever size square you need. I sometimes insert my washcloth into the bag to create a combo scrubby-washcloth.
When you are done, they unfold completely to quickly and easily clean in soapy water. They dry practically instantly so NO opportunity for germs, bacteria, mold, etc. to grow!
If I use them on something particularly germy or greasy, I just toss them. I keep a little bag of them under the sink and grab one whenever I need a bit of scrubbing power. All kinds of things come in these plastic mesh bags – garlic, citrus fruits, avocados, onions, etc.. I bet you throw out at least one of these a week.
I just LOVE finding a way to reuse something that would otherwise end up in the trash! Enjoy… E <><