Can you guess what this is?
How was this item used every day? Chain mail for personal protection or something in a kitchen?
It’s a pot scrubber! Back in the “good old days” when cast-iron cookware heated on a wood-fueled cook stove, burnt-on crusts were scoured with such a “dishcloth” made of iron loops. Tough on the hands, such scrubbers were used with salt, sand, lemon and other supplies found in a home from about 1870 to 1900.
Check your sink. If you use a scrubber, look at it closely and you might see a similar looped structure, whether it’s made of plastic or natural fibers. And you may be surprised to learn that salt, sand, lemon are the basis of environmentally friendly cleaning formulas popular today. Even peach pits and walnut shells might help you with your cleaning chores!
Here are a few innovative examples:.
Multi Surface/Multi Purpose Scrubs By EZ Brite Brands, Inc.
EZ Brite Deluxe Gold and Silver Scrubs clean without scratching, and can be tossed in the dishwasher for a quick refresher to use again. Their exterior is made with non-scratch, polyethylene fibers that are specially wound to resist sticky foods. The interior sponge is made from long lasting closed-cell polyurethane which resists odor-causing bacteria.
Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, EZBrite Brands is best-known for its original product, Penny Brite Copper Cleaner –which has worked at kitchen sinks since 1947. Using plant oils, natural micro-abrasives (sand and salt) and citric acid instead of bleach or ammonia, EZ Brite makes more than 40 biodegradable, food-safe soaps and kitchen cleaning products. The concentrated cleaners use minimal water and energy to produce and use; they wash down the drain without harming the environment.
To learn more about the company’s products and history, visit www.ezbritebrands.com
What’s a loofah? It’s a vine-grown vegetable that looks like a zucchini. Loofah (or luffa) is eaten when it’s young and its juice is used for medicines. When dried, loofah can be used to create bath or kitchen sponges and products from sandals to furniture.
RubBits™ Multi-Purpose Scrubbers by Loofah-Art®
Made from natural loofah, a sustainable agricultural crop, durable RubBits™ scrubbers are hand-fabricated and very light-weight, reducing the amount of fuel used for production and shipping. Dyed with natural vegetable colors, the scrubbers are 100% biodegradable and compostable.
RubBits™ work for tough or gentle cleaning. They can be used for cleaning items in the garage, basement or kitchen sink–safe and healthy for scrubbing fruits and vegetables or for cleaning plates or kitchen surfaces.
•workshops (fine sanding)
•boats (galley, general clean-up and waterline scum)
•tiles (bathroom, swimming pools, etc.)
•RV’s and autos (windshield/grill bug removal, wheels, etc.)
•campsite cooking and utensil cleanup
Visit www.loofah-art.com to learn about how Loofah-Art’s products are made and the company’s environmental and social commitment.
How about corn cobs, peach pits and walnut shells to help you scour your cooking pots or patio furniture!?
Check out the Original Spaghetti Scrubs and Outdoor Scouring Pads made by Roland Products. Created from many natural ingredients, the versatile Goodbye Detergent products clean without harsh soaps, reducing the use of toxic chemicals in the home. Pop them into the dishwasher or microwave to disinfect and hang dry. Natural wonders!
Innovative eco-friendly products – fresh ideas inspired by household methods and tools from the past.