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roobarb



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 15 2:27 pm    Post subject: How do you clean your dishes (without a dishwasher)  Reply with quote    

We wash up by hand, and have always used a sponge/scourer type thing to clean the dishes. These work well, but don't seem to last very long - or at least the scourer part of it doesn't. I hate throwing them away as it just adds more plastic to landfill, which we try to avoid. I've just tried the EcoForce recylced sponge/scourer to try and ease my conscience, but these lasted even less time, and I once tried the loafer type thing as a scourer, which were even worse and went mouldy. I'm not a fan of washing up brushes as to me they don't seem to get things as clean. So, what do others use to clean dishes when hand dishwashing?

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 15 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

One of these

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 15 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i have used the green scouring pads to good effect,the industrial ones work better than the sponge backed ones

the frayed end of a 16mm trawl rope is quite useful

sand and peat both work

hounds can be very tidy

ps dishwashers are eco friendlyish and cheaper than bowl+detergent+rinse if paying for and heating water (unless you have "free "hot water)

and they cut the time to under 10 mins stacking /unloading per day for 3 or 4 people

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 15 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cheap and nasty sponge/scourer pads.

What also worked was a knitted dishcloth and a loofah for occasional scrubby use, hung up to dry well though.

Salt does well on cast-iron-pan gunk.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 15 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can knit dishcloths out of sisal string, which makes good scrubby things. Ravelry (other knitting websites are available) has loads of patterns for scrubby type things. I knitted exfoliating wash mitts as Thingymas gifts one year, which worked quite well. I don't know if they'd last any longer, but they'd be compostable.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 15 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I use a dishcloth with a metal scourer for difficult bits. Most things go through the dishwasher, but I always wash pots and baking trays by hand.

LynneA



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 15 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have a phobia of foam rubber sponge (can't the stuff), so Howard does the bulk of the washing up.

(That's my story and I'm sticking to it )

Sainsburys used to do these wonderful orange "scouring cloths" but they were discontinued years ago.

I have recently found things called Euro scrubby. More expensive - I found them at Burford Garden Centre, and at the Sarah Raven open day, but they work really well, can be machine washed, and with care, can last for ages.

mochyn



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 15 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have a washing up brush which I bought in Oxfam. It's plastic, but has a replaceable head. Very good.

gregotyn



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 15 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I use the net that comes round citrus fruits as a scrubber. I don't even buy the citrus fruit, I beg the nets from my friends who do! So far there have only been to 2 colours. I am probably just tight, but may even be thrifty!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 15 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


lowri



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 16 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think you can't beat really hot water, the hotter the better, but I can see where dpack is coming from.

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 16 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A stiff nylon dish brush on the non stick & a stainless wire scourer on everything else.

Slim



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 16 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cellulose sponge with a scrubby side, and a small square of chain mail for the rare really nasty cast iron issues

Like this: http://www.amazon.com/Ringer-Stainless-Chainmail-Cleaner-8x6-Inch/dp/B00FKBR1ZG

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 16 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
i have used the green scouring pads to good effect,the industrial ones work better than the sponge backed ones

the frayed end of a 16mm trawl rope is quite useful

sand and peat both work

hounds can be very tidy

ps dishwashers are eco friendlyish and cheaper than bowl+detergent+rinse if paying for and heating water (unless you have "free "hot water)

and they cut the time to under 10 mins stacking /unloading per day for 3 or 4 people


I thought you'd be using an industrial pressure washer

sean
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 16 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I reckon he's been out-toughed by Slim using chainmail.

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