In the past decade I have learned many things. One such knowledge is how to coexist with the “Scotch-Brite scrub sponge”, commonly known as the “Blue Scrubby”. As you can see I’m a huge fan of scrubbies, but it took me a while to figure out how to keep the little guys from turning into rotten little stinkers. (which can sometimes happen almost instantly)
Scrubbies are often the bastard child of the cleaning crew that get abused and used where others would be out of place. Or rather you might find it’s disposable counter part the infamous paper towel. In my experience I would say that my scrubbies will last on average about 3 to 4 months.
There are a few base requirements for this symbiosis to continue into the far reaching future, or even the near future be it short lived.
- 3 to 4 new scrubbies.
- Kitchen Spray Set. You absolutely need to have a one of these! With out one of these you’ll probably need to keep 7 scrubbies on hand to make it through the week.
- Weekly access to a washer and dryer.
There is a process to make all of this work. If you don’t follow the process then you’ll probably need to keep 10-12 scrubbies on hand and that’s just to many.
- Spray the shit out of your scrubby after every use.
- Spray the scrubby-side with the kitchen spray set on full-blast, hot water is recommended. Do this until all the grim, soap and other stuff is gone or until it’s as good as it can be. There are ways to do this with out spraying water ever where you’ll have to figure that one out for yourself.
- Squeeze it dry like you’re killing it.
- Set the scrubby on edge to dry. Putting it on edge to dry is supper important, this will actually allow it to dry rather than sit in what little water remains.
- Does the scrubby need to be cleaned? At some point there is no amount of spraying and squeezing that will help, it just needs to be cleaned.
- Clean all the dirty scrubbies every week. Yep ever friggen week, otherwise this is all a waste.
- Spray and squeeze after each use.
- If the scrubby is left in the sink for more than a few hours or found abandoned in the sink wallowing in it’s own mess it needs to be cleaned.
- Always leave a wet scrubby setting on it’s edge.
- 90% of the time a scrubby is considered dirty after washing a pot or pan that has been used to fry food.
- When the scrubby is dirty it goes in the dirty scrubby bag under the sink.
- Never use the scrubby to with “cleaner” that has chemicals, only use it with dish soap.
- If a scrubby is ever used to mop up something outside the boundaries of the kitchen sink you should consider weather or not it should ever be used in the sink again.
- When the scrubby is “done done”, it gets put into laundry room to be used for real dirty jobs and passed to trash.
- Never wash the scrubby with your clothes. Only wash the scrubbies with other scrubbies or kitchen dishcloths.
Treat your scrubbies like a dishcloth. As we all know scrubbies tend to get used and discarded in the kitchen sink as though they will miraculously shed the crime they’ve cleaned and then dry as if they’re magical. Again, we all know this is not true. They have the uncanny ability to retain nothing more than a stench of rancid fish with little more than one use. While on the other hand a dishcloth is rinsed and set to dry in almost an automatic fashion, as if it was engrained in our dna. In short, rinse your scrubbies, ring them out and set them to dry just as you lovingly do to the least of your dishcloths.