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The Best Cleaning Tool - A Dishwand

Updated on September 10, 2013

An Easy Way To Clean

I had only known of two ways to wash dishes. Put some soap in the sink, fill it with water, and use a cloth (washing by hand) method or using a dishwasher. Just recently I found out about a Dishwand. It makes doing the dishes so much less of a chore.

Even better I found this handy tool can be used to make so many jobs around the house so much easier. I now have a few of them for the different jobs around my home. I use it on my sinks, my tub, and shower walls. It really is a great multipurpose tool.

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Dishwand and Refill Sponges

3m Company 650-12 "Scotch-brite" Heavy Duty Dish Wand
3m Company 650-12 "Scotch-brite" Heavy Duty Dish Wand

This was the kind they had at work. So I bought it. This is great when you only have a few cups and plates, it is so much faster then regular hand washing them. It is also less costly then running a mostly empty machine.

 
Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Dishwand Refill, 2-Refills
Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Dishwand Refill, 2-Refills

This is a set of 2 replacement sponges. You will need to replace the sponges eventually and it cheaper to just replace the sponge then to buy a whole wand.

 

Scotch Brite Dishwand Discovery

Where I work there is a small kitchenette. There are cups, plates, and silverware in the cupboards that you can use. Normally I use my own cup from home, but I had been sick the week before so I had taken home my mug and I forgot to bring it back. So I borrowed a mug from the cupboard.

When I was finished I had to clean it before I put it back. This is when I learned about a Dishwand. It was sitting right beside the sink. It has soap for it right in the handle. You just rinse your dish with some water, scrub it with the wand, and then rinse it off with water.

How perfect is that? It was quick, easy, and I didn't even get my hands wet. The first thing I did was ask one of my coworkers what it was called and where I could get one. The next day, I bought one. Now not only do I love it for any of the items that I can't wash in the dishwasher, I have found it to be useful for other cleaning jobs.

Clean your Shower Walls and Sink

You can also use this handy device to clean your shower walls and your sink. Put a mixture of half dish soap (I used Palmolive Oxy Plus in the pictures above) and half vinegar into the handle. Do not fill it all the way as it will start to foam when you use it.

Wet your wall or sink and then go over the surface you want to clean with the Dishwand. The nonscratch sponge won't scratch your surfaces but still helps to remove any soap residue, with very little effort from you required.

Multiple Dishwands

Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Dishwand, #1 Selling Dishwand Brand, 1-Dishwand
Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Dishwand, #1 Selling Dishwand Brand, 1-Dishwand

If you are like me and find multiple uses for the Dishwand you can buy them as a six pack. That way you have one for all of the different jobs. It also prevents you from potentially having to mix different cleaning products inside the handle.

 
Scotch-Brite Cellulose Sponge Dishwand Refills 482-7-RSC, 2-Count (Pack of 7)
Scotch-Brite Cellulose Sponge Dishwand Refills 482-7-RSC, 2-Count (Pack of 7)

This will give you a choice for a softer sponge to clean any of your more delicate surfaces. This is perfect for my reglazed bathtub.

 
Scotch-Brite Dishwand and Refill Combo Pack
Scotch-Brite Dishwand and Refill Combo Pack

This package comes with 1 wand, 6 non scratch refill pads and 6 heavy duty refill pads. This offers a variety for your sponges so you can chose the right sponge for the job.

 

Easy Way To Clean The Bathtub

I used to hate to clean my bathtub. I would use Comet to clean and scrub my bathtub. It would mean taking a long time being hunched over my tub.

However once I got got my bathtub reglazed you were not supposed to use Comet on the bathtub or it would ruin the glaze. So now I had to find a new way to clean it. This was actually a blessing as now I have a really easy and quick way to clean my bathtub.

If you can clean it frequently, you can put a nonabrasive sponge on a Dishwand and use dish soap to clean your reglazed tub.

If I let it go too long and end up with a build up or stain, I use Lysol disinfectant toilet bowl cleaner. I wet the tub with water, put on a little of the Lysol, then a quick light rub with the dishwand (with a nonabrasive sponge), and then quickly rinse the tub with water.

If You Still Want To Use a Dishwasher

I have always hated the washing by hand method. Probably because that was one of the chores I had to do everyday as a kid. My other household chores were usually more of a weekly task. That was why when I moved out on my own, one of the first things I saved up money for was to buy a dishwasher.

What I have learned is that a dishwasher is great if you have a large family. However if you are living on your own, or if there is only two of you, it may take a long time to be full enough to run a cycle. You may even run out of certain size plates or cups before the dishwasher is full. There are now small apartment size machines available.

Apartment Size Dishwasher

SPT Countertop Dishwasher, Silver
SPT Countertop Dishwasher, Silver

This is a great unit for a couple or someone who is single. This is a great choice if you live in apartment as it would be much easier to get into your apartment. It is a well reviewed product.

 

Do you have any cleaning short cut tips?

Do you use your Dishwand to clean something else?

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    • Snakesmum profile image

      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Haven't seen these, but they sound like a great idea. Shall have to check out the shops for them.

    • tammywilliams09 profile image

      tammywilliams09 4 years ago

      I remember seeing it maybe on TV but never knew the name. It does look really handy. Thanks for the tip about Oxy Plus and Vinegar.

    • artbyrodriguez profile image

      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      The dishwand looks like a really handy gadget and you gave good ways on how to use it.

    • chi kung profile image

      chi kung 4 years ago

      I don't have problems with washing up or cleaning with my hands - I use organic products that are "skin friendly" and it is a joy to use them

      having said that, this wand can come handy in the bathroom in those curbs that are hard to clean

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very cool! I definitely will consider getting one of these dishwands, especially for cleaning my tub.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice article. I have never heard of this, must look it up when next shopping.

      I have never ever used a dish washer in my 72 years of life, still washing dishes in the sink.

      But I like this gadget if it cleans the shower without scratching, will try it. Thanks.