Today I’m sharing my simple instructions for making your own scrubbing dish-washing sponges.
I call them “scrubbies”.
I’ve never liked using dish cloths for washing dishes; they’re too big and floppy. I prefer a more compact scrubbing sponge. Sponges get expensive, though, and they wear out quickly and hold bacteria when not carefully cleaned.
There are many advantages to these DIY scrubbies, including:
- They are easy to make, using only a single-crochet stitch, and great for beginner crocheters.
- They are made with inexpensive, acrylic yarn. One 5-oz skein of Red Heart Super-Saver yarn makes about 10 scrubbies. That’s about 30 cents each!
- They can be made in any number of colors so you can match your decor. Or just use colors you love that make dish-washing a bit more fun than usual.
- The yarn and texture make a great scrubbing surface that doesn’t cause damage, even on your non-stick pans.
- They are sanitary and easy to clean. They are completely washer- and dryer-safe, and you can even use bleach. The colors don’t fade and the scrubbies don’t get smelly and bacteria-filled.
- Unlike sponges, they last and last! They might get a little “fuzzy” after washing and drying, but they don’t wear out or come apart after repeated washings. Some of the first ones I made I’ve used for over three years now and they work as well as they did when I first started using them.
- They are great gifts for anyone who has to wash dishes!
I have a big stack of scrubbies now, and I take out a new one each morning, and toss it into the dirty laundry each night. It takes a couple of weeks for me to have a full load of disinfecting towels and things that I wash these with, so I like to have enough to be able to use a fresh one each day.
Now, for the easy-peasy instructions…
CROCHETED DISH SCRUBBIES
I used Red Heart Super Saver. There’s no need to buy more expensive yarns for this project. The roughness of this yarn works perfectly for what it’s intended to do, and the colors don’t fade when washed or even bleached.
NOTE: You will either need two skeins or you will need to work from both ends of one skein at once. You will be crocheting with two strands of yarn together to create a thicker, sturdier scrubby. ONE 5-oz skein makes about 10 scrubbies!
To work with two strands from the same skein, remove the label from the yarn, pull the end out from the center that you would normally work with, then unwrap the outer end. Place the two ends together and use as if they were one strand throughout the project.
If you’d rather avoid the tangling and twisting that occurs when using both ends of one skein, use two as you normally would, just placing the ends of each strand together and using the same way as the other method.
Placing your two strands together, chain 11.
Row 1 – single crochet (SC) into third chain from hook. SC into each remaining chain. (10 stitches)
Row 2 – chain 1 (counts as first stitch). SC into BACK LOOP ONLY of second stitch. SC into BACK LOOP ONLY of each of the eight remaining stitches of the previous row. SC into the starting chain. Turn.
Rows 3-12 – repeat row 2. Do not turn at the end of the row 12.
Edging – chain 1.
SC into the side of each row’s stitch or starting chain. (12 Stitches)
SC into each chain stitch (10 stitches)
SC into the side of each row’s stitch or starting chain. (12 stitches)
SC into each SC from last row. SC into the starting chain.
Chain 1. Join with a slip stitch to the first chain made at the beginning of the edging.
Fasten off. Use a yarn needle to hide yarn ends into the rows.
You can have a lot of fun with your color choices. They are so quick to make, you’ll want to do a bunch! You can use variegated yarn that goes with your kitchen colors, or holiday hues, or use one color for the center and a different color for the edging.
What do you use to wash dishes?
Pin this for later!