Ditch the store bought sponges and make your own DIY macrame pot scrubby. Made with natural fiber, it is non-abrasive and easily cleans your pots and pans and just about anything else you want to use it on.
I don’t know about you, but I am tired of spending money on scrubby sponges. They are expensive, and the smell they get as they get old…ewwww.
A friend of mine suggested I macrame one. Well why the heck not? First things first, I googled natural fiber that I could use to macrame a kitchen scrubby.
Jute and hemp rope seemed to be the most popular choice, so I settled on jute. I was a little nervous about it shedding, but let me put your mind at ease. It doesn’t! Yes, I was amazed too, because if it had shed, it would have been a wasted project and I would have had to look for a man made alternative.
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Let’s make a macrame pot scrubby
Step 1. Cut and tie your strings onto a wooden dowel rod.
Cut 12- 5′ pieces of jute and tie them to a wooden dowel using a lark’s head knot.
This will give you 24 strings that are 2 1/2′ feet long.
Step 2. Create the macrame pot scrubby
Using the first string on the left side as your working chord, tie double hitch knots all the way across.
Make sure to pull them tight and up close to the lark’s head knots.
Starting on the left side, take the first four strings and tie them with a square knot. Continue adding square knots all the way across.
For the third row, skip two strings then tie square knots all the way across. You will end up with two strings on the end.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have nine rows of square knots.
You can do more if you want your scrubby to be bigger.
Using the first string on the left side as your working string, tie double half hitch knots onto it with the other strings. All the way across.
After you tie the last string on the right side, tie that string with a simple knot to keep it from unraveling.
This will tie off your macrame pot scrubby.
Step 3. Remove the dowel rod and finish your kitchen scrubby
Pull out the wooden dowel rod.
Uncurl the strings and cut through, leaving one string to use to hang your scrubby.
Trim fringe on both ends as short as you would like. I cut mine really short to minimize shedding. It doesn’t shed, which is wonderful!
That’s it! You’re ready for dish duty!
I am happy to report that after a week of use, it is still not shedding. It dries easily even if left laying on the sink and no odor!
The jute string did plump up and soften just a bit, so I recommend not tying the rows of square knots as close together as I did. Making sure that it can dry easily and quickly is key to keeping the odor from happening.
Do not apply dish soap directly to the scrubby. It will hold soap and take a long time to rinse out. However, using in soapy water works and it doesn’t hold the soap.
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