Pot scrubbers are useful for cleaning everything from pots and pans to stubborn spills on the counter. Store bought kitchen scrubbers can be costly, and typically wear out over time with frequent use. You can save your pennies and recycle used plastic bags by crocheting pot scrubbers yourself. You only need to know the basic single crochet stitch and the project works up so quickly you can make several pot scrubbers at once and keep the extras on hand to replace used ones over time.
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Things you need
- Three plastic grocery bags
- Coarse cotton yarn
- Size J crochet hook
Cut the handles off of a plastic grocery bag. Fold the bag in half lengthwise, then fold lengthwise again.
Cut the bag lengthwise into several strips, each about 1/2 inch thick. Unfold the sections of the bag. You will have several thin loops of plastic.
Repeat until all three plastic bags are cut into 1/2-inch loops.
Lay two loops together end to end, with the opposite ends of the loops overlapping slightly. Bring the far end of the bottom loop over and pass it through the opposite end of itself, wrapping this loop around the other, interlocking the loops. Pull tight, then repeat with each loop until you have a long thread. Roll the plastic thread into a ball.
Hold one strand of plastic thread together with one strand of cotton yarn. Avoid soft yarns for this project, and instead opt for the coarsest cotton yarn you can find (which should also be the most affordable).
Chain ten with the combination strand of plastic thread and yarn. Use a size J crochet hook. If you have trouble holding both strands together with this size hook, experiment with a larger or smaller size until you are comfortable. Add or remove chains as needed to achieve the desired width for the pot scrubber.
Chain one and turn. Single crochet in each chain.
Chain one, turn and single crochet in each single crochet. Repeat until you have created an even square. Finish off by cutting off your strands, leaving a 2- to 3-inch tail, pulling through the last stitch, and weaving the tail back through your work.
Trim the scrubber in yarn only. Join the yarn to any corner of the square. Single crochet in each crochet across the top and bottom of the square, and in the end of each row along the sides. Finish off.
Tips and warnings
- This same method can be used with a variety of patterns. Use the same plastic thread and coarse yarn combination with other wash cloth patterns for varied pot scrubbers.
- Plastic bag thread or yarn is often referred to as "plarn."
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