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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