The scrubbie I use at the kitchen sink has been dead for quite a while. Today it fell apart and I could no longer ignore the fact that I probably should have replaced it about a month ago.
My next shopping trip is scheduled for March 12th. That’s a long time from now. And I have to wash a lot of dishes between now and then.
Then I remembered how my mother used to make her own scrubbies out of mesh produce bags. Most of my produce comes loose, but if there’s a sale that makes the bagged stuff a better deal, that’s what I buy. And I just happened to have come across such a sale the last time I shopped. I had a big bag of grapefruit on the counter, in a nice red mesh bag. So I dumped them into a bowl and made the bag into a scrubbie.
Nothing fancy, obviously. I just folded the bag over on itself until it was the size and shape that I wanted. Then I sewed around the edges using heavy duty thread (it’s almost like dental floss, which would also work great for this project). I did it in about ten minutes, standing in my kitchen with little boys playing under my feet. Definitely a “beginner” level sewing project – aren’t those the best kind?
I just used it to wash a sink full of pots and pans, and it worked great. Admittedly, this isn’t going to save a lot of money. Scrubbies are a few dollars at most, and usually a lot less. But what I like about this was that I was able to avoid going to the store (sticking to my scheduled grocery shopping trips is a big part of my strategy for reducing our grocery bill), and I also kept a little chunk of plastic out of the garbage. Reusing is the best form of recycling, and every little bit counts.
Do any of you do this? Or do you have other things that you do with mesh produce bags? Seems like a waste to throw them out, so share whatever ideas you have!