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 mine into 4 pieces. I hardly ever need an entire pad. This way they last even longer.
A post a long time ago was to store the pad in a piece of aluminum foil. I didn't see how this could work, but to my astonishment, it does!
Just store it in a small container at the back of the sink in water to which baking soda (3 tbs to 1 cup water) has been added. Will last so much longer!
P.S. I also read about putting it in the freezer between uses, haven't tried it yet though as the baking soda bath works so well.
I too read about putting it in baggy/old bread wrapper and putting in freezer- this works like a charm!
The important point is to get it dry before it can rust, setting it on something that enables air to circulate under and around it (like an old metal-mesh sieve).
The Best one that I use regularly is that I cut them in half. The pad works virtually the same, you get double the pads.
I cut them in halves or fourths before use, depending on the job size!
I have found that the best way (for me) to keep a Brill or other soap pad from rusting is to set it on a dry sponge. I have an open plastic soap dish that I keep on the back of my sink to put the spong in. I never have any rust.
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