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You know those not-so-wonderful steel wool pads that after a few days become rusted and yucky. Well after each use, add a little liquid soap (if you want to but not required), place it in a small freezer bag, and freeze it. When you take it out to use it, it will be like new and this will make them last for a lot longer. I get 5 to 6 uses out of them before I have to throw it away.
By pambela from Beaverdam, VA
I buy scotch brite "never rust" heavy duty soap pads by 3m. I want to say i picked them up in the dollar store. They last a long, long time. When the soap is gone i put a little dish detergent on the pad. Be very careful what you use them for as they can scratch. For my good pots i clean with baking soda on a sponge and use a little elbow grease. It never ceases to amaze me what uses i can find for the good old baking soda!
I am probably one of the most "thrifty" people I know. My husband calls me cheap - LOL When I need to use a scrubbing steel wool pad, I cut them in half or quarters first.
After using a pad, I place it in a small, tightly capped jar which I keep with my dishwashing and cleaning supplies. Lasts a long time and easy to locate. Freezer sounds like a good idea, but I'd never find it in my freezer! I've tried keeping water in the jar, but I prefer keeping it dry as it's less messy.
Tips for saving money on SOS pads.
I like to use a clean SOS pad every time I need one but often find that they are too large to really use up each time. I pre-cut all the pads in the box into quarters, using scissors. Each piece is a good size for my needs and I can toss the used quarter away without feeling it is wasteful.
Your used soapy steel wool pads will not rust if you set them on a small square of aluminum foil! Try it! Save your freezer space for food!
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Really, how often do we use a steel wool pad to clean? But when you need one, you need one. My tip: cut them in half for small jobs. When you are done, forget putting it in the sink to dry, it will rust. Instead, put the steel wool pad in a zip lock bag and freeze it. It will be as good as new when you need it sometime in the future.
By Teresa from Vine Grove, KY
What an awesome idea. (09/11/2010)
How did you ever think of this? Great idea that I'm going to use from now on. (01/23/2011)
To get the longest use out of a steel wool soap pad (like Brillo), wrap it in a small piece of aluminum foil and store in freezer after scrubbing your pans. I don't even remember the last time I bought a box of these pads because you can use one right down to the last wire without any rust at all. When the soap runs out, just use your own.
By Cakeluv from Henry, TN