If you're like me, you begrudgingly go to wash the pots and pans after dinner and realize your scrubber is absolutely gross. It's gross because it's dirty and the bristles are all smashed but it's also gross 'cause it's made out of plastic with weird, bright colors.
At this point we're tempted to pick up another ugly plastic scrubber on our next grocery run, but I'm stopping the cycle. I'm doing the work of finding simple, beautiful and ethically-made scrubbers for you and I to choose from so that we can get them before we're desperate and make bad dish scrubber decisions.
These are the ones I've found:
1. All Natural Coconut Fiber Sponge by Safix | Made in India
This neat sponge is made entirely out of natural coconut fiber and can be tossed into the compost as soon as it gets icky. The material itself is completely organic and breathable which allows it to not harbor bacteria and get stinky. It's soft enough for all materials and would be good for wiping surfaces clean as well. $10 for a 3pack
2. Pot Brush by Bürstenhaus Redecker | Made in Germany
Bürstenhaus Redecker has been making beautiful, handcrafted brushes in Germany since 1935. This elegant but sturdy little guy is made out of all-natural plant bristles and sustainably-sourced beechwood. It's built to last, but can also be composted at the end of it's life. I would use this for scrubbing my cast iron skillet, dishes and pans that don't have a non-stick coating. $6 – $8
3. Washing-Up Whisk by Iris Hantverk | Made in Sweden
I like how primitive and handmade this little whisk looks and is! This Swedish company uses traditional brush-making techniques to make well-designed brushed that work. The "Washing-Up Whisk" is made out of all-natural cereal root and jute twine which can be composted when it breaks down. What I also love about this company is that they specifically seek to employ visually-impaired people. $12
4. Pot Scrubber by Haydenville Broomworks | Made in USA
This little scrubber is very similar to the Swedish whisk except it's made in the US, uses broomcorn instead of cereal root and has an even simpler design. Like all of the others, it can be composted and I would use it to scrub pots, dishes, or vegetables. $5 each or $20 for 5
I hope this helps you avoid the dish scrubber scavenger hunt that I often find myself in at the bleakest of dishwashing times.