Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Quick Tip: Re-Used Scrubbies

I am sure everyone is familiar with those plastic mesh bags that produce sometimes comes in... you know, the ones that bundle up lemons, limes and oranges. The bags aren't good for much... they have holes in them so you can't reuse them for food storage and certainly not as a dog-poop bag (ewww!). However, these bags make great scrubbers that you can use to scrub food off of pots and pans. Just ball it up and get scrubbing! They have come in super handy for me a few times when I was without a scrubber-sponge and now I save them specifically for this purpose. I try to buy produce without ANY packaging whenever possible, but, unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way. At least using these bags as a scrubber gives them a second life before heading to the landfill. Pin It Now!


  1. My mom always used to save the little chunks/slivers left over from bars of soap and put them in a jar. When she'd get a decent amount of them she'd take a bag like that and cut it up into large pieces and fill each piece with the chunks, tie the bag "fabric" around the pile of soap and form it into a ball under hot water. It works great to get oil or dirt off your hands after grimy work like doing an oil change or working in the garden.

  2. Great tip! I can see how these would work great for cast iron pots and skillets. Thanks for paying a visit to my blog.

    ~Cynthia {} :)

  3. Great suggestion! I have several of these stashed in a drawer because I couldn't bring myself to throw them away, but also couldn't think of what else to do with them. ;)

  4. Thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely use it if I will have to pick something in these bags again :)