Condo Blues: DIY Plastic Free Pot Scrubber




Sunday, January 31, 2021

DIY Plastic Free Pot Scrubber

Disposable kitchen pot scrubber sponges are one thing I was happy to kick to the curb after trying washable and reusable Paperless Kitchen sponge scour pads (you can learn about them here.) Finally I had a plastic free dish scrubbie that I could pop in the top rack of the dishwasher to clean on the regular! (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience.) 

Until the garbage disposable tried to eat one. 

RIP pot scrubber. 

So much for zero waste :( 

Fortunately More than one reusable dish scouring pads came in the package so it wasn’t a total loss. I also used it as the motivation I needed to try an idea I have been mulling around for awhile: crochet a plastic free pot scrubber from jute twine. 

Well, that and Cabin Fever.

But you know what? It  worked!

how to crochet a plastic free pot scrubber sponge
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How to Crochet a Jute Dish Scrubber Sponge for Absolute Beginners

 

You will need:

Jute twine – you can buy jute twine here

Size H crochet hook – you can find crochet hooks here

Tapestry needle – you can buy tapestry needles here

Thread scissors – I love these necklace scissors!

 

I am very very much a beginner when it comes to crochet. I tried following eHow’s crochet pot scrubber pattern I found on Pinterest  but only made the first side of their scrubby because  I am still trying to understand all of the crazy abbreviations in crochet patterns. So I used their pattern as a jumping off point and did my own thing.

I made eight chain stitches and used a slip stitch to attach the last chain stitch to the first chain stitch to make a circle.

I double crocheted Row 2 through 4. I ran out of twin after I crochet the first side. I tied it off and wove the end of the jute into the last row of stitches with a tapestry needle.

I grabbbed a new ball of twine and I still couldn’t figure how to do the decrease in the round thing on attempt Number Two. Instead, I double crocheted two separate round pads from jute twine, used a slip stitch to crochet them together, and wove the ends into the stitches with a tapestry needle.

 

how to crochet a jute dish scrubber sponge
Best of all, I can wash it when I do a load of towels on laundry day.

It’s a little kludgy but it worked!

 If you’d rather buy than DIY, check out these reusable pot scrubber options – and more! – below!

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