crochet your own dish sponges – free pattern

These dish "scrubbies" last for years, are machine washable, and can even be bleached to kill bacteria! - free pattern on talesofhome.com
These dish "scrubbies" last for years, are machine washable, and can even be bleached to kill bacteria! - free pattern on talesofhome.comThese dish "scrubbies" last for years, are machine washable, and can even be bleached to kill bacteria! - free pattern on talesofhome.com

Today I’m sharing my simple instructions for making your own scrubbing dish-washing sponges.
I call them “scrubbies”.

These dish "scrubbies" last for years, are machine washable, and can even be bleached to kill bacteria! - free pattern on talesofhome.com

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.

These dish "scrubbies" last for years, are machine washable, and can even be bleached to kill bacteria! - free pattern on talesofhome.com

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…

These dish "scrubbies" last for years, are machine washable, and can even be bleached to kill bacteria! - free pattern on talesofhome.com

These dish "scrubbies" last for years, are machine washable, and can even be bleached to kill bacteria! - free pattern on talesofhome.com

These dish "scrubbies" last for years, are machine washable, and can even be bleached to kill bacteria! - free pattern on talesofhome.com

CROCHETED DISH SCRUBBIES

Materials Needed
Size H Crochet hook
Acrylic worsted weight (size 4) yarn in your choice of color (see NOTE below)
yarn needle or tapestry needle

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!

Instructions

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)
Turn.

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)
Chain 1.
SC into each chain stitch (10 stitches)
Chain 1.
SC into the side of each row’s stitch or starting chain. (12 stitches)
Chain 1.
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.

Voila! It’s a scrubby!

Variations:

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?

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3 thoughts on “crochet your own dish sponges – free pattern”

  1. Thanks so much! I’m crocheting some of these with the odd yarn I have on hand. I’m going to give them to friends for Christmas. Thanks for the great idea. I’ve made cotton cloths for years, but I’ve never used acrylic. I wish I had all the acrylic I’ve gotten rid of over the years!
    Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,
    Laura

  2. Thanks, Laura! They are so quick and fun to make. I still have my first set I made 3 years ago, and they are working great. I hope your gift recipients enjoy them, too. Merry Christmas.

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