Scrubbies!

My daughter-in-law’s mother, Donna, is the sweetest, kindest person you would ever want to meet. She has been a blessing in my life for my son, my grandchildren and a wonderful friend for me!  One thing Donna has shared with me is her scrubbies!

Make your own nylon scrubbies

Our Christmas Gift from Donna – a package of scrubbies!

These scrubbies are so useful.  They are made of nylon netting and crocheted into a size that is perfect for the hand.  You can scrub anything with these – from toilets to teflon, and beets to feets!  Of course, you will want to keep your cleaning scrubbies separate from your food scrubbies! :)

She even gave us a dozen for Christmas! Here are a few 

The only problem is – anyone who sees them in my house wants one!  Since I decided I would love to do as Donna has, and grace my family and friends with scrubbies, I needed to learn how to make them!

I only know the basics of crochet, but that’s okay, because that’s all you have to know to make one!  To make one scrubbie, all you need is about 4 yards of nylon netting that you have cut into 2 to 3 inch strips, and a size “J” or 6 mm crochet hook.  And some patience!

DIY crochet nylon scrubbers

Keep a couple of these and a crochet hook in your purse. When you have idle time, make a scrubbie!

Donna taught me how to cut all my strips at once, then roll them into packages with a rubber band, each package enough to make one scrubbie.  This way, whenever you are in the car on a long trip, waiting (and waiting) at a doctor’s office, or sitting on your back porch listening to the birds sing, you can bring out your little packets and crochet hook and make a scrubbie or two!

My first attempt wasn’t really a total flop.  I got the basic shape down, but I was obviously twisting the netting too tightly and making my crochet stitches too tight.

DIY Nylon Scrubbies

Donna’s is on the left. Mine is on the right! ;)

By the time I got the fourth row done, my scrubbie was less than half the size it should have been!  And it took me the better part of an hour to do it!  Hahaha – Donna can make one in 5 minutes – no kidding!

So, I tried again.  This time I didn’t twist as tightly and I pulled the netting through with the crochet hook through much further with each stitch.  I think I am getting the hang of it.  My second scrubbie looks almost decent.  It will certainly work as intended, though it isn’t as neatly crocheted as the ones Donna makes.  No worries, though, as I know that I will get better and better as I make more and more!

DIY scrubbies

My second attempt. A little better.

Donna makes hundreds and hundreds of the scrubbies and gives them away to her family and friends.  She has also sold them at fund raising bazaars.  Imagine putting together a gift basket with some of these scrubbies and a few bottles of homemade natural cleaners, soaps and candles for a bride to be or as a housewarming gift!

Donna packages her scrubbies with a cute little saying on one side and instructions on how to make scrubbies on the back.  Then she binds them together in packages of 1, 2 or even 5 scrubbies.  I modified her poem a little and made my own package with directions on the back also!

DIY crochet scrubbies

For a gift or to sell at a fund raiser, package them with a cute little poem and directions to make more on the back!

Here are the directions of how to make a scrubbie:

How to make nylon scrubbies

 

I hope you make some scrubbies!  Oh – and take care of where your scrubbies are – the disposal likes to eat them!

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63 thoughts on “Scrubbies!

  1. Oh my goodness….I LOVE it! I didn’t know you were learning how to make these?!?! These things sell like hotcakes at the local markets…your blog followers will be thanking you many times over for this tutorial! PS – my Mom IS awesome (both of you) :)

    • Thanks, Wendy. Yes, your mom tried to teach me once, so I had a basic idea of how to make one. Last weekend my sisters saw the ones your mom gave us for Christmas and wanted some for themselves. So, I figured now would be as good a time as ever to start making them! So, Deana and Machell – guess what you get! Hahaha

    • I did a little crocheting when I was younger, so I am limited to a few crocheting stitches (if that’s what you call them). But, these scrubbies don’t require much technical skill to make, and honestly, even if they don’t look good they still work great!

  2. Stopping by from the Wine’d Down Wednesday hop :)

    These look great and I totally want to learn how to make them!! I’ve been wanting to learn how to crochet for several years now and I have decided that this year I will teach myself. And these will certainly be on my list to make! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • These really aren’t hard to make, so once you can chain stitch and do a simple crochet, you will be able to make these. I want to learn how to crochet better myself, so I’m thinking of buying that book “Crochet for Dummies” or something like that. Beware – when you make a couple of these and other people see them, they will want you to make them one! Thanks for stopping by, Mary!

  3. I love these scrubbies! Mine disappeared after a friend came over and said she loved them too. Thanks for sharing the instructions on how to make them. I will definitely be pinning to my board.

  4. Thanks for this! My mother in-law bought one of these for me at a Saturday Market we visited together and I LOVED it. I was so sad when it fell apart after MONTHS of heavy use. Now I can make my own!!

    • Good evening, Grace! Mine seem to last forever, then all of a sudden will just fall apart. I seriously think they last longer than the ones you buy at the store, however! Now that you know how to make them, make extra for those that go MIA!

  5. I’ve never had one of these, but I definitely want to try to make some. I’m always needing a good scrubber. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

    • You are welcome, Brandyn! I just read through your latest post – oh my goodness that kitchen is to die for! Thanks for stopping by.

    • Christine – you are so funny! I have a problem with following directions also – I am always tweaking recipes around and following crafting directions backwards. It’s just me! :) I hope to (someday) get my Etsy store off the ground and then you can buy some there!

    • Good morning, Vickie! I am glad these will come in handy for you! Of course, it takes me more than a second to make one – I’m not very good at crochet, but I am getting better at it! Thanks for stopping by!

    • These would be wonderful for Girl Scouts – they could make them and sell them at a craft fair to raise money for camp expenses! Thanks for pinning, Barb!

    • Hello, Jann! Yes, they are great little gifts for any occasion! Hostess gifts, bridal shower gifts, birthday, Christmas – you name it!

    • Yes, it’s nice to have these on hand BEFORE the Christmas rush starts! It takes one or two scrubbies to get the hang of it, so it’s a good idea for you to start early! Thanks for hosting, Steph!

  6. I love these scrubbies! I always buy several at farmers markets/fairs, but I always end up with none since I give them away as gifts. TFS your tutorial on making scrubbies, I will just have to give it a try myself.

    • Yes, Olivia, give it a try! Even the wonky looking ones work as scrubbies – so you don’t have to be a seasoned crochet pro to make these!

    • Yup – I believe tulle and nylon netting are one and the same. If I am wrong, please let me know! I called it nylon netting because a lot of non-sewers wouldn’t know what I was talking about if I said tulle. Also – you might want to wash it first. Fresh netting can be pretty rough on your hands when trying to crochet it! If you wash it first (before you cut it up into strips) it’s a bit softer. Thanks for stopping by, Jenni! I hope you make some!

  7. Hello, you mentioned that Donna taught you how to cut them out all at once??? Can you please explain, I am a complete beginner!! Also what size does the netting come in and where do you get it? 2″-3″ by what? Also you suggested washing it first, does that mean in the washer or by hand with detergent. Also, does anyone know how much these sell for? Sorry for so many questions…

    • You can buy tulle (nylon netting) at most fabric stores – it’s pretty cheap. Of course, you might find some at second hand stores – wedding gowns and formal gowns sometimes use tulle to make the dress look more full. The length will be however long the tulle fabric is – but you need to cut it into strips 2-3 inches wide. It’s not important to make perfectly straight cuts because it all gets twisted together anyway, but it’s so much more convenient to cut several strips at one time and bundle them together for an easy take along project. After you make a few of these, you will get a better idea of how many yards of the strips you will need. When you wash the tulle, you can just do it by hand in the sink. It’s the sizing you are trying to remove – which is what makes the fabric stiff – and most of this will come out with a little detergent and a few swishes in the kitchen sink! As for what they sell for – I am sure each market is different! Does anyone else out there know? Of course, the cuter the package, the better price you can usually get.

    • Thank you, Leslie! I am honored! It’s amazing how many people have enjoyed this post. But then, those scrubbies are amazing!

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  9. How cool is that?! I have some of these scrubbies I bought at a church bazaar, and they are wearing out. So I’d love to make some new ones.

    Can you make them out of the nylon netting that oranges come in?

    Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! I can’t wait to see what you share today!

    • Well, Lisa Lynn, I suppose you could make them out of the nylon netting that oranges come in – why not! That would make a good use of something that would otherwise just go to the landfill!

      • I keep saving those net bags with the idea that someday I’ll find a use for them! Now I just need to dig deep in my memory bank to the days when my Gram taught me to crochet! Lol!
        Thanks Vickie!

    • Thanks, Kristin! Crocheting is really quite simple and doesn’t take expensive tools! Plus, it’s a craft you can take with you!

  10. Hi! :)

    This week’s edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday is all about personal care and cleaning and getting rid of the toxic and disposable items we use every day on our bodies and in our homes. This would be a great addition and I hope you’ll share it with us this week on Wildcrafting Wednesday.

    Thanks! :)

  11. I love these scrubbies, have bought them before at Craft Shows and always wanted the pattern, THANK YOU…do you use netting like “tool” that is sold usually for wedding type “events? Maybe so, to get all the colors…??? I looked quickly at the pattern do you make two and sew tog. ? or it goes round and makes one? Love it….Thanks again!

    • It depends on how big you want to make your scrubbies and how long your fabric is!! Each of my scrubbies used different amount of the tulle, partly because I’m not good at crochet yet :) and partly because some of the strips of tulle were different sizes. You can sew them together first, or just crochet each new strip in as you go – you may find one method easier than the other. Oh, and yes, this is the fabric found at a lot of weddings. It is so cheap at most fabric stores that it may not be worth it to search for it at a second-hand store. Have fun making some!

  12. I will have to pick up a few colors when I go to Joanns, our local craft store, and try…guess its one of those things that when you try, you’ll see, I have bought many at Craft Shows, espically in retirees communities..Like I said, always wanted the pattern, THINK I paid $1.00 each or $l.50…I am like someone else, always sad when they were “used up”….Thanks again for the pattern….ALSO want to try the scrunchie pattern too…

  13. We are going on vacation in a couple of weeks. Since our car is small, I cannot bring my quilting things, so I decided to print off these instructions, buy the material, and make some of these while sitting in the boat with my husband. Since they will be for a fund raiser, do you mind if I steal your poem and use it to package up the scrubbies for sale? Thanks.

    • Certainly you can use the poem – I would be honored if you did! These sell like hotcakes at fund raisers, so be sure to make enough!!! Have fun and let me know how it goes. Thanks, Stephanie

  14. I crochet scrubbie out of illusion (tulle). Use a J/K hook and 3-4 inch strips 8-9 yards long.
    Sometimes I make larger ones using 10 yard strip.
    My sister-in-law uses them as a body “scrubbie”. They can be used for practically anything you need to “scrub”. Dishes, sink, bathtub, floors, vehicles, etc. Also my Mom leaves one in the soap dish to lay the bar soap on. Keeps it from getting nasty.
    I can’t keep them in stock.

    • Laying one in the soap dish is such a great idea! I like to use them in the tub/shower also – it helps to gently exfoliate my skin and makes it glow! Thanks for commenting Robin – good to hear more uses for the scrubbie!

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