How to Easily Make a Free Pot Scrubber out of Recycled Fruit and Vegetable bags.

Material needed for making a Free Pot Scrubber

Collection of Fruit and Vegetable Bags.
Collection of Fruit and Vegetable Bags.
Rolled and sewn Fruit/Vegetable Bags.
Rolled and sewn Fruit/Vegetable Bags.
Crocheted, Cotton, Round Shaped Disk.
Crocheted, Cotton, Round Shaped Disk.
Rolled and sewn Fruit/Vegetable Bags stitched onto Cotton Disks.
Rolled and sewn Fruit/Vegetable Bags stitched onto Cotton Disks.
Cotton yarn is my material of choice but acrylic works just as well.
Cotton yarn is my material of choice but acrylic works just as well.
*BONUS:  You can also crochet a cotton disk to a Stainless Steel Pad.
*BONUS: You can also crochet a cotton disk to a Stainless Steel Pad.

Practically Free Pot Scrubber

In my forever, ongoing way to save money and use what I have on hand, I once again figured out how to turn my trash into something useful. It's been a while since I've bought a sponge or dishcloth. I know it may seem a waste of time to some people but I try to use my time wisely. I keep myself busy, especially in the evening, after dinner, while my husband watches his Cowboy shows.

I'm not especially fond of Cowboy shows. It seems to be the same story all the time. Either the Wagon Wheel falls off, the Stagecoach is robbed or they are drinking it up and start shooting each other... same story, just different actors. I enjoy just being with my husband after the dinner dishes are done, so I save all my sewing and crocheting for when his shows are on.

Not all Bags are created equal.

Take a good look at the assorted collection of empty Fruit/Vegetable bags that I show you in the photos. Try to use the strongest type of bags. Sort of like sturdy mesh. If you cut the ends off and the bag starts to fray or drop loose specks, don't use that type. My favorite bags are the yellow bags that lemons come in. You can crochet a white disk and set the sewn yellow bag into the center... it looks like a Fried Egg! I always tuck one of the Fried Egg pot scrubbers into Bridal gifts bags.

These Pot Scrubbers last as long, if not longer than a sponge. I like to use cotton yarn because you can make a solution of water and add a little bleach to soak the scrubbers in for a few minutes to remove stains. Acrylic yarn seems to not do as well in the bleach solution. That being said, it really doesn't matter what kind of yarn you use because the scrubbers only last a few weeks. You can stitch a new center onto your disk if the scrubber part gets old. I've done this and it becomes the pot scrubber that just keeps on scrubbing!

*Bonus: Sew a cotton disk onto a Stainless Steel Pad for those tough jobs. (see photo)

Directions:

1. Single crochet a round disk.

2. Gather your Fruit or Vegetable Bag into a round shape.

3. Stitch the bottom of the bag together until it stands on its own.

4. Place the stitched bag into the center of the crocheted disk and sew it on.

You're done! I'm warning you... this can become addicting! I've had friends come for a weekend visit and keep me up all night putting these things together! They bring their bags and we just get to it. Sometimes one of us just makes a square dishcloth. But, that's going to be another hub.

Until we meet again... Francesca27



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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Such creativity and imagination! This is a great recycling activity at home. Voted up.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it in this tutorial. Making pot scrubbers out of recycled fruit and vegetable bags is a creative and useful craft project!


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Francesca27 4 years ago from Hub Page Author

Thank you RTalloni: With prices rising and paychecks shrinking we need to put our thinking cap on and do like most of our relatives did, years ago. They either used things up, did without or did everything themselves.


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artofadulthood 4 years ago

This is brilliant! I've never heard of this... You've got quite a creative side to you! Congratulations on another great hub!


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Francesca27 4 years ago from Hub Page Author

Thank you artofadulthood: I'm always thinking of how to do things myself. I have some successes and some projects are not as good as I'd like them to be.


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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

What an excellent idea! I have a bag in my refrigerator right now that would work well, once emptied of a few lemons! Very creative!


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Francesca27 4 years ago from Hub Page Author

Hi Crystal Tatum: Ooo...yellow lemon bag, my favorite! I just love to make the pot scrubber with an empty yellow lemon bag and put it on white cotton. It looks like a fried egg.


ntr57 4 years ago

Yes, these scrubbers actually work! I like the "sunny-side-up" scrubbers the best. They clean really well and look cute by my sink.


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ComfortB 13 months ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

Hi Francesca27 - You are a genius for coming up with this idea for a scrubber! I can't tell you how many times I have kept these veggie/fruit bags wondering what I can do with them only to then throw them away.

Well, I did use some of them a few times to catch the hair from going down my bathtub drain. Thanks to you, I now have another use for them.

Great hub. Very useful.


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Francesca27 13 months ago from Hub Page Author

Thank you for your kind words ComfortB. I hope my idea saves you a lot of money. Keep on hubbing!

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