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Keeping S.O.S. Pads Longer

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 nagle from Greenwood, DE

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July 16, 20130 found this helpful

It's better to use Scotch Brite soap pads they don't rust, and work just as good.

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February 14, 20150 found this helpful

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.

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May 3, 20160 found this helpful

I wrap my used sos pads in plastic food wrap keeps them from rusting

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February 1, 20190 found this helpful

Joy, here's to you! I do pots and pans every day so I would forever pulling them out and putting them back in the freezer.


Is this what you do every day or are you extremely organized and have this washing of pots and pans down to a science? Please spill the beans. Thank you.

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March 29, 20190 found this helpful

I will try this. I only get 1 time use from sos pad. No matter what I do it still rusts. I squeeze it almost dry and set it in a little bowl with a papertowel on the bottom of it. in the morning as I approach the sink I can smell the rusty smell. I just throw it away.
Only thing that gets my very old farberware pots shiny and clean
I will try freezing it. hope it works. Thank you.

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