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 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.
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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