Crochet Dish Scrubbers

June 27, 2016Allison Murray
These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

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These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

I must admit there is a very, very strange part of me that loves to clean. I mean it. I LOVE TO CLEAN. Vacuuming? That’s my clean jam. Scrubbing floors? I’m so down with that. Cleaning out the refrigerator? Bring it the heck on. Scrubbing the tub and tile? Already on it.

Back in the day I had a “Big Clean Day” every Wednesday. That’s where I tore the house apart and put it back together until it was PERFECT. I would caffienate myself up and get after it early, early and finish up late, late. And this happened every. single. week. It got to the point to where clients would say something like “I know it’s Big Clean Day but…!” Their pleas fell on deaf ears because the phone was never answered on Big Clean because I just wasn’t having it. In light of all of this I have been informed that this love of scrubbing is kind of strange. It might be more that I appreciate the feeling after hard work or it might be just that I love having a clean home but whatever it is, when I get to cleaning get out of the way!

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These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

There are a few exceptions in the world of things to clean that I absolutely dread… dirty dishes. Ugh. Dishes are the bane of my cleaning existence. I freaking HATE doing the dishes. So, it was pretty dang smart that Rob and I signed a lease for a house with no dishwasher. Not! To be fair we didn’t notice until AFTER we moved in because they did this kind of shady thing where there was no electricity so our Realtor had to show us around with a flashlight. There were a LOT of flaws we didn’t initially notice because we couldn’t properly see them. Our Realtor, by the by was FAB, he had nothing to do with this whole showing in the dark nonsense. It came as a total surprise that the house had no dishwasher and no garage door opener.

When we got settled I think I might have even cried when we realized there was no dishwasher. I mean, that is just how much I HATE doing dishes. But luckily Mr. Rob has stepped up to the plate (haha!) and dishes have become his responsibility exclusively. Whew!

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

He’s really taken the responsibility to heart. He has his scrubbers and all of this stuff going on underneath the kitchen sink to get the dishes done. And when I recently crocheted up myself some cotton rounds for my face he wondered if they would be good to do the dishes with. It turns out, they were not. They were just too soft and they took on so much water they got kind of oddly heavy. So I made up some of my old-style tulle scrubbies but apparently those thin out as you’re using them with hot water (he can use crazy hot water since he has slow circulation and his hands are always like ice) and the actual scrubby part starts to separate and you’ve got big gaps in what actually makes contact with the pots. It seemed a good idea to try putting the materials for the two scrubbies I have made together and see how that goes.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

The first time my guy tried out his new scrubbies he also tried out some new dish soap he brought home just a few days ago, New Palmolive® Fusion Clean™ dish liquid. I don’t think Rob really realized that there was a difference in dish soaps. With as little experience I have with washing the dishes I surely did not, myself. It turns out that Palmolive® Fusion Clean™ is brand new from Colgate-Palmolive Company and it has been specially formulated for the tough stuff like 24 hour stuck-on food. Available at Kroger, my Rob grabbed a bottle of the Baking Soda & Lime formula after a day of painting outdoors and it smells amazing. There’s also a Baking Soda & Grapefruit version that I am sure smells a dream if lime isn’t your thing. The combination of citrus and baking soda are A Modern Twist on Cleaning™ that really put some power behind this Palmolive. And then there’s the whole it smells good thing which I think is incredibly important :)

Spoiler alert – Rob is a big, big fan of his new scrubbers. It looks like I’ll be making a whole pile of these guys for him to keep in his repurposed flower vase full of dish stuff under the kitchen sink. The tulle gives them ample scrub-ability and the cotton takes on the soap and water helping to suds his cleaning area up really well. They aren’t too heavy when wet and they don’t thin out so that his fingers are scrubbing just as much as the scrubber itself. It looks as though we have found the perfect crochet dish scrubber recipe! But let’s get in here and make some, it’s no different than any of the other scrubbers we’ve made but let’s go through it really quickly.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

For this project you will need:

  • Tulle
  • 100% cotton yarn
  • large crochet hook

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

Now my test run, prior to making photos for a tutorial I just had my tulle all wadded up in a mess on my lap and it kept getting knotted up. It might seem like unnecessary effort to ball your tulle “yarn” but trust me on this, it’s a lot faster in the end than undoing knots!

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

My very first go I used 3″ tulle on the roll from the craft store. When I realized it was cheaper to purchase the 6″ roll and cut it down the middle, to the tune of 8¢ a yard rather than 12¢ a yard from the already 3″ roll, I busted those scissors out. To make it even cheaper, you can purchase tulle by the yard from the fabric section but know that is a LOT of cutting.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

Ball your cut tulle into a ball as you go and you won’t have the nightmare of knots that I had.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

Grab some cotton yarn and a large crochet hook it’s time to get going.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

Holding the tulle and the cotton yarn together start your project with a chain of 5.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

Use a slip-stitch in the first chain (furthest from the hook) to create a circle.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

Grab the tail chain 3. This helps to weave in your ends right from the get go. This chain of 3 will act as your first double crochet.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

Work 12 double crochets into the circle going around and around.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

Once you meet back up with that first chain of 3 use a slip stitch to connect to it and close up the circle.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

Chain 3.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

In the first stitch from the previous round double crochet twice. In the next stitch double crochet a single time. Continue around alternating 2 doubles in one stitch followed by 1 double in the next until you reach the end.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

Use a slip stitch to finish up the circle and cut your yarns to have a 2-3 inch tail.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

Using a smaller crochet hook weave in that end to finish this crochet dish scrubber up.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

Boom. One down!

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

When it was time for Rob to try out his new scrubbies and dish soap I, of course, was there to take pictures. Prior to the little impromptu photo shoot I asked if he was really going to wear his Pumpkin Pi shirt I made for him last October and he kindly changed into something less, well, Autumnal. He loves that shirt and I love that he does :) but it just was not the time nor the place! :) A blue polo that makes his beautiful blue eyes pop made me quite happy, even if you don’t get to see those eyes! I snapped some pics in between flipping the hamburgers for our supper on the stove and listened to what Rob had to say as he washed our supper dishes as I made them dirty. And oh, boy, can I make some dishes dirty.

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

He first used his favorite reusable OLD scrubbies with his new soap so he could be fair in his decision about whether or not the scrubbies I made were up to par. And JouJou assumed his position as dishwashing assistant as he always does :) Isn’t it funny the habits cats get into?

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

When he used the scrubbers I made he was really happy with them. I assured him he could go back to his store-bought if he wanted. I was happy that he continued to use what I had made him while I flipped burgers for dinner behind him. And as he washed dishes he commented on how far his Palmolive® Fusion Clean™ was going. He was surprised that with just a few drops of soap that he was getting so much sudsy cleaning action. Like, he mentioned this several times and it looks like we’re going to continue using this version as he’s happy with how much further it goes. It’s that whole 2.5 more dishes than the original thing in action and totally true!

These crochet dish scrubbers have cotton for added fullness. These are the best little scrubbers you'll ever hook up!

If you like clean dishes, and who doesn’t like to be able to easily remove stuck on food an even residue you can’t see, the resident dishwasher up in these parts thinks you’ll enjoy Palmolive® Fusion Clean™. There are often great offers available so be sure to see if you can save before you run out to Kroger!

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Comments (10)

  • Susan

    January 19, 2017 at 9:39 PM

    I think this is a really neat project.. I am returning to crochet once again after many years and this looks like the perfect project to begin with. Thanks for posting.

  • Cathy morgan

    February 23, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Great rainy day project. What size hook did you use? I’m using L and wonder if I should go bigger. Please let me know. Thanks.

    1. Allison Murray

      February 24, 2017 at 1:12 PM

      I used a plastic P hook from this set, Cathy.–> http://amzn.to/2lNZrM9 (affiliate)

  • Amber

    April 3, 2017 at 8:24 PM

    You can cut your tulle while it is on the cardboard roll. Stab and saw it with your scissors until the bottom of your scissors touches the cardboard, then just cut around. Leave it on the cardboard, no need to make a ball.

  • Mary Lou

    April 19, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    What a good idea, and looks easy, I am going to try these :) Are they machine washable or disposable when they get dirty? Not sure how the tulle would hold up with machine washing. Where did you find the tulle on a roll? Thank you.

    1. Allison Murray

      April 19, 2017 at 5:19 PM

      These are totally machine washable. We toss ours in after every use.They start to soften up to where they aren’t quite so scrubby so after a while they become get used for things you must be gentle with, like certain coatings on pots and whatnot. I get the tulle on a roll from Hobby Lobby and Walmart!

  • Diana

    September 5, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    There is a new yarn out there for this type of project. It’s called scrubby yarn. Available at JO Anns

    1. Allison Murray

      September 5, 2017 at 10:40 AM

      I’ve seen it at Hobby Lobby, too. It looks like fun!

  • Debbie

    March 6, 2018 at 7:02 AM

    You can also cut your tulle on the roll with an exacto . Just cut down to the roll and turn completely around.

    1. Allison Murray

      March 7, 2018 at 2:48 PM

      That’s a really good idea! Thanks :)

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