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Monday, May 16, 2011

How To Make Dish Tulle Scrubbies | Family Economics

By Cathe

Recently, I shared my favorite DIY household helper -- the tulle dish scrubbie. There was so much interest, I wanted to share step-by-step instructions and photographs of how to make these.

Although I suggest using half yard sections, you can make denser and fuller dish scrubbies using complete yard sections for every three finished pieces.

To make a tulle dish scrubbie:

1. Purchase 10 yards of tulle (also known as nylon netting) at the fabric store. Tulle is quite inexpensive and comes in a multitude of colors.

2. Cut the 10 yards of tulle into half yard sections so you have 20 sections all together.

cut into sections

3. With one of the half yard sections, create 1-inch accordion folded sections.

create folds

4. Then, tie a tight knot in the center with baking string, fishing line, yarn, twine or most any other string you can readily find. I personally like to use waxed dental floss. Make additional ties towards the ends of the folded piece.

knot tightly

made additional ties

5. With scissors, cut off the end folds, and cut in between each of the ties to create three individual pompoms of tulle. Make sure the ends you cut are even and trim away any uneven pieces.

trim the ends

cut to create three pompoms

6. Pull apart all the layers to fluff up the scrubbie into a rounded shape.

pull apart layers

I keep one tulle scrubbie at the kitchen sink for hand washing dishes and the rest stuffed in a Gallon-Sized Ziploc® Brand Storage Bag with the air removed before sealing to save space under the sink.

completed scrubbies

The open mesh of the nylon netting helps create wonderful, long-lasting soap foam which helps me save money and use less soap than I would with a dishcloth. After each use of my scrubbie, I rinse well and air dry.

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On Sunday, November 1, 2015, jeezeweeze from Kentucky wrote

Omg , thank you so much., I haven't found these for awhile and these are the greatest for dishes, pots and pans. I have loved the way they scrub and create a super long lasting dish soap .....yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy

On Saturday, May 9, 2015, Mariana from Texas wrote

I have a question: could I use these as bath sponges? I know there are some sponges that are similar to these (don't remember the name, lol) but don't know if this material would be suited for this use? Thanks!

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Beth from Tampa wrote

So 10 yards makes 3 scrubbies is that correct?

On Saturday, December 3, 2011, Shay from California wrote

I have used these for many, many years, and within the last six months or so have not been able to find them in any store. i knew they would be easy to make, and started searching online for instructions. YAY! I found your site. Thank you so very much. You're a lifesaver.

On Tuesday, July 12, 2011, Suz wrote

Thank you so much!!! I've been looking for these in grocery stores and haven't been able to find them like I used to. They're the best thing for scrubbing dirty pots, pans, and dishes. Now I can make them myself and don't have to worry about finding them. YAY!


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