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I use S.O.S. scouring pads for scouring pots and pans. When I'm done, I put the pad in a little plastic baggie and pop it in the freezer until the next time I do pots and pans. This way it doesn't get rusty and fall apart. I've been doing this for many, many years. I'm sure one can do this to a Brillo pad too.
Source: I got this idea so long ago, I actually think it was from Heloese.
By Joy from Greenwood, DE
I've always found the soap to harbor moisture, for years I rinsed them well when finished using them, shook out all the water I could and clothespinned it to the little bucket under the sink where I keep dish brushes. They dry out and last for more uses.
Now I just buy plain steel wool at the dollar store and add cleanser powder, comet/bar keepers friend. Usually the box gets water drops on it, over the years I've never used a whole box before it rusted in the box. When I buy a new container I put all off the new ones in a zip bag, and stick the whole thing back in the box under the sink. I rarely use them.
My housekeeper had to clean the oven when my apple pie over flowed its contents during baking. I'm allergic to cleaners, so I told her I had sprayed some vinegar water on it as soon as I took out the pie, so it was quite soft in most places. We use plastic cards from mailings, credit card type as scrapers, they make quick work of cleaning even the non stick cookware.
For the rest of the spill I told her to use cleanser and steel wool. She had never used either product in her life, she's young, everything is non scratching cleaners. She finished the job in a couple of minutes. She was glad I showed her my trick.
To prevent a Brillo pad from getting rusty, rinse after use then shake out all of the excess water. Make sure no more water comes out when you shake it. I even hit the pad against the sink wall a few times. The pad will last so much longer!
By FI1969 from Catonsville, MD
I cut them in halves or fourths before use, depending on the job size!
I keep my used pad in a small jar with a lid. I had accidentally pushed a pad in a jar to the back of my cabinet and a few months later when I discovered it, it was still unrusted and usable.
Source: My Mom
I just put my soap pad on a dry sponge on the counter. The sponge absorbs any liquid and again, no rust.
How to get the most out of your S.O.S. pads. By putting a layer of baking soda wherever you store your used sos pads will prevent rusting. I only use a corner of the sos pad for small jobs then put the pad on the soda and you can use it over and over until it's ready to be thrown out without that nasty rust. I use a saucer but anything that is not paper will hold it. I find it amazing.
By Stainless from Toronto, Canada
Why use SOS or other pads made from metal that will rust when there are scouring pads made from non rusting materials that work better.They are made with a non metallic mesh embedded with an abrasive mineral or the scouring pads that do not scratch. These are available in the grocery store.
Keep your SOS pads in the freezer It stops them from rusting
Keeping Steel Wool Pads from Rusting Tip. Don't throw away that half-used steel wool pad. You can save it from rusting by putting it in a solution of baking soda and water. Change the soda-water solution every once in awhile to keep it fresh. . .
After using a SOS (soapy steel wool) pad, lay it on a piece of tin foil. It will not rust and can be used again.