Thursday, February 2, 2012

Handmade Dish Scrubby! Great Way to Use Old Plastic Produce Bags


I have been saving my old potato and orange bags for quite some time.  They are the sturdy plastic or nylon style and I figured they would be good for something. 
 I just hadn't figured out what that would be until I read a posting on Mooberry Farm Homesteading Journal blog.

mooberry-farm.com

Mooberry Farmwife has a great tutorial on how to use recycled onion bags to make dish scrubbies! 

I decided to give it a try, but since I don't crochet, I used dental floss and a cross stitch needle to stitch around the edges.  This is how I put my dish scrubby together -


 

You will need at least 2 large bags per scrubby

Insert bag(s) inside other bag(s)
Roll firmly as pictured above

Fold the scrubby in half length wise (not folded yet in photo above)
Using a cross stitch needle threaded with dental floss beginning stitching around the edges.


Stitch as desired around the edges
I used what is called a "blanket stitch".  I think.....
If that isn't the correct term, feel free to let me know.
 
My 10 year old daughter, happily trying out the new scrubby!
The verdict is in and it works well!

We are happy with the results and think we could also use these materials to make awesome bath scrubbies!   Perhaps we'll give that a try soon.

Thank you so much Mooberry Farm Wife for the great idea!


17 comments:

  1. I like it! not too scratchy too! jennyx

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    1. Glad to hear it! I agree, it's not too scratchy and so far seems to hold up well! Thanks for your visit, Jenny!

      Have a great day!

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  2. Oh darlin' this is just terrific. There's nothin' like savin' a few dollars here and there.

    I just wanted to pop in and thank ya for hoppin' on my blog. I sure hope ya'll enjoy the ride.

    God bless and in the words of the wacky old Granny Clampett, ya'll come back now...ya hear!!!

    Enjoy your weekend sweetie!!! :o)

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    1. Oh Nezzy, thanks for coming by! It's an honor to have you here! I'll be back to visit you soon!

      Have a great weekend!

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    2. This is a great idea... and free. I love it when I can use something I have and make it into something I need.
      Thanks

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    3. I know farmlady! I am hoping to find even more ways to use the "by-products" in my home.

      Thanks for stopping in for a visit, farmlady! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  3. I hated to throw those things away but couldn't figure what to do with them. They will be good for my cast iron pans!

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    1. Sunnybrook,

      They are really good for cast iron! You can visit Mooberry Farm for instructions on how to crochet, if you are proficient at crocheting. I am not and needed another method. The dental floss seems to be holding up well so far.

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Great idea Poppy and thanks for stopping by! Really like your stuff. I actually did a bucket of my own laundry detergent and am loving it. The dishwasher detergent is working good too.

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    1. I'm so glad both the laundry and dishwasher detergent work well for you! I just posted the link to your microwave popcorn tutorial on my facebook too!

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you! Mine is still working very well!

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  6. Great idea to just use dental floss! I've made similar srubbies in the past by knitting together strips of onion bags with yarn--works great :)
    -Jaime

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  7. Great idea to just use dental floss! I've made similar srubbies in the past by knitting together strips of onion bags with yarn--works great :)
    -Jaime

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    1. Thanks Jaime!

      I'm loving mine so far! It works like a champ on everything from cast iron to flatware!

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a great night!
      RaShell

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  8. Poppy, your variation is very nice! I like the simplicity of the dental floss. I always have scrap cotton leftover from crochet, so that is why I enjoy using it around the border. These scrubbies work great and last a long, long time. I hope you like yours!

    Thank you for the link.
    ~Julie

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    1. Julie,

      Thanks to you! Your version is definitely prettier but I must say, mine is working better than I expected!

      Have a wonderful week!

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