Homestead Hack: Repurposing Mesh Bags For Cleaning

by Tammy Taylor~

 

I’m pretty fond of trying to think outside the box to provide for myself things that I used to buy.  Recently I went into a frenzied canning marathon trying to get many fresh apples & pears preserved before they went bad.  But oh the sticky mess it made in my kitchen!  I’ve been scrubbing my kitchen for what seems like days!  LOL.  When I’ve made a mess this big I need a big scrubber – those little palm-sized ones I used to buy just don’t do it for me. I need something big enough to hunker down when I’m scrubbing sticky canning residues from stockpots & countertops.  You know, BIG messes that I may or may not have been responsible for (eh hemmmm…)

And luckily I’m able to easily provide this handy cleaning tool for myself.  As a bonus they’re much larger and thicker than the wimpy ones I used to buy.  Check out today’s Homestead Hack, y’all!

She takes old empty mesh produce bags and cuts them up. When she's finished, a handy kitchen scrubber cleaning tool! Come see. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Have you ever heard of finger crochet? Me neither, did I just make that up?? Although I’d never heard of it before a reader told me they did finger crochet in elementary school.  DARN, there goes another original million-dollar idea destined to make me filthy rich!

I used to do some light crocheting when I was in junior high although back then I used crochet hooks.  But I remember nothing but the most basic stitches.  So this post is certainly not a tutorial for crochet (and you’re WELCOME) I’m just giving you a quick craft idea & I’m assuming you already know the basic stitches.  But c’mon, it’s just a scrubbie – perfection doesn’t even matter here anyway!  In no time you can whip one of these up for yourself.

Gather Supplies

First I saved several mesh produce bags.  I cut off the sewn-paper/plastic advertising part at the top and the metal ring at the bottom.  Now I’m left with a mesh sleeve about 21″ long.  I cut each sleeve by 1/4, making 4 rings about 5″ to 5.5″ wide. 

She takes old empty mesh produce bags and cuts them up. When she's finished, a handy kitchen scrubber cleaning tool! Come see. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Then I stretched the rings out & quickly joined them together into one long mesh rope.  I did this by looping one ring through a second ring and then looping the first back through itself.  (clear as mud?? LOL)  Although it’s hard to describe, it’s easy to do.  Remember when you were a kid and thought it would be funny to join all the rubber bands into one big rubber band & stuff it all back in your father’s desk?  No?  Just me??  OK well anyway you’ll join these together in the same way children whom shall remain nameless would join together a bunch of rubber bands.

She takes old empty mesh produce bags and cuts them up. When she's finished, a handy kitchen scrubber cleaning tool! Come see. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Crochet Scrubber Using Basic Stitch

When I had a large thick rope of mesh I crocheted the rope into a round pad.  Now the first one I made I tried using a rug hook since I knew a crochet hook would be too small.  What madness!  The rug hook kept getting hung up into the mesh.   I figured it would be much easier to just crochet by hand and you know what?  IT WAS!  The loops are big enough that I can easily use my fingers instead. 

She takes old empty mesh produce bags and cuts them up. When she's finished, a handy kitchen scrubber cleaning tool! Come see. #TaylorMadeHomestead

So using basic stitches I finger-crocheted that mesh into a large pot scrubber of my own requirements. Now THIS bad boy does the trick!

She takes old empty mesh produce bags and cuts them up. When she's finished, a handy kitchen scrubber cleaning tool! Come see. #TaylorMadeHomestead

I love that these mesh bags would have just been thrown away (I’m not even sure if they’re recyclable??) But instead I’ve turned them into something useful.  These will greatly assist me the next time I try to single-handedly destroy my kitchen with a canning marathon!  🙂

~TMH~

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33 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Repurposing Mesh Bags For Cleaning

  1. Grandmas House DIY

    Such a great idea!! Thank you for sharing with as at the To Grandma’s house we go link party, you will be featured in the new party starting tomorrow, hope to see you there!

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  2. Lillian Stevens

    What a great idea! Next time I buy a bag of fruit, I’ll have to try this! You’re my neighbor in Rosilind’s Christian Blogger’s Linkup! Have a Lovely Day!

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  3. Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    You are so crafty! I never would have thought to do this and it’s such a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I hate to throw this thing away so I can buy this other thing so I’m often pondering on repurposing options, Lisa. This one works doubly well for me since I can quickly make a scrubber of my own size requirements. ~TMH~

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  4. Angie Rose

    Such a great way to repurpose something into something else that is so useful! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It!

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  5. Marie

    I love repurposed crafts and this one is genius! I could use a giant pot scrubber for sure! Thanks for sharing your awesome project with us at Merry Monday this week!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I do love having such a large pot scrubber, Marie. It makes short work out of my messy messiness! ~TMH~

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  6. Mary-the boondocks blog

    You are too funny Taylor. But not the only one who destroys your kitchen. haha. This is a really great repurpose of those mesh bags. And we always want to be environmentally friendly so you have my vote of confidence on that one. As long as it works right? And it is a very pretty color to boot! Pinning your great idea.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      …and there’s always a plentiful supply of those mesh bags, Laura. Either I’m getting them or family members are saving them for me. I’m thinking if I cut the rings thinner for a smaller weave it might make a cute homemade gift to accompany homemade soap. Hummmmm…. ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I agree Connie, & I love that I didn’t have to throw this netting away & then turn around and buy a scrubber. Win/win! ~TMH~

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  7. ColleenB.~Texas

    How clever. crochet! That leaves me out. I roll up the net bags, tie with a string in the middle and that’s my cheap scrubby :} Normally I use them for storing onions, small toys, basketball and or football and then hang up out of the way; etc.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I’ve rolled the net bags before Colleen but they didn’t stay with the (eh hemmmm) AGGRESSIVE scrubbing I do. LOL ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      ‘Tis an easy way to make something useful out of something that’s outlived its usefulness, Cynthia. Give it a try. ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      LOL Michelle. I was able to make 3 scrubbers just while relaxing in my chair with our little dog schnoodling in my lap. I’m a big fan of easy! ~TMH~

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  8. Marge

    Hi Tammy! Stopping by from the Homestead Blog Hop. Love this idea, and very clever of you to “crochet” with your fingers. It reminds me of arm knitting. 🙂 I use old mesh bags in kind of the same way. If I have something really messy and don’t want to ruin my regular scrubber, I just take an bag and scrunch it up in my hand and scrub with it. It’s great for cheese and for greasy roasting pans. Then I can just toss it in the trash. Pinning this post!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Thanks for the pin, Marge. One of these pads I made the other day was large enough to do what RancherMan refers to as ‘foot scrubbing’. When I make a huge sticky splattered mess in the kitchen, I spray some of the worst places with vinegar/water and use my foot and a large scrubber to loosen up the stuck-on mess. Then mopping is a cinch. It sure beats my previous method of hands-n-knees scrubbing! I always have a large scrubber in my floor cleaning kit. ~TMH~

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