Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sharon Blogs About Her New Handmade Miracle Cleaning Dishrag!!!

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As John mentioned in previous blogs we have scrambled for things to do since the weather has not been conducive for many of our favorite outdoor activities. Because of this I decided to tackle a do-it-myself project. Many of my friends would cringe upon reading this as I am very challenged when attempting craft projects. Although I have plenty of enthusiasm I just never seem to be able to transfer vision into a viable reality. I do not enjoy knitting, sewing crocheting, quilting and as a result most of my attempts fall short so much so that John often does his own sewing lol.

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Recently a dear friend on the road made and gifted me a kitchen scrub cloth. She claimed it never smelled bad (like sponges often do) nor does it fall apart quickly. She claimed it would clean any pan with ease. Her instruction was to leave a little dish soap on it in the sink and often one will never need to fill up a sink full of dishwater to wash dishes. I just couldn't wait to try it.

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Omigosh... it lived up to all of her claims and more! It has become my favorite all time kitchen rag. It cleans pans and even the grill with ease. It has not worn out by any means but it has inspired me to want more of them to use in other cleaning such as the shower. I also wanted to give one to my daughter and daughter-in-law because they really are wonderful.

imageimageWhat a simple concept it is. One goes to a fabric store or Walmart as I did. Purchase 1 yard of coarse tulle material in any color. This 97 cent investment yielded 10 cleaning cloths. John helped me cut them (knowing how spatially challenged I am) and I had 20 squares. As instructed by my friend I was to place two of these cloths on top of each other, go around the edges twice with a sewing machine then zig-zag the middle in any pattern I wanted. I did what was easiest and fastest for me in the sewing room. I just followed the square pattern inward then did X's across the middle. I worked up a little stress sweat but got 'er done. I gave one to John for the grill, I have one in the sink (the original) and now one in the bathroom.

Really and truly you wouldn't believe how this simply made cloth has enhanced my life. Thanks Renee! I hope mine lasts half as long as my tried and true original!

NOTE: We are still at Mesa Regal RV Resort until the end of the month and yes the weather is still cold and wet mostly, very un-Arizona like. We head south to Ajo on Feb. 1st.

14 comments:

  1. Interesting project, we still use the smelly scrub sponges. We have recently added a 'Scrub Daddy', which seems similar in material, and only 10x the cost.

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  2. Heyduke & the Missus. Be patient, and keep movin. The sun is out there, somewhere! But just think of all that snow in the Western mountain ranges. Much needed snow. Besides, Sharon needs more project time, while you're both trapped inside your MH. At least, you're both in a nice Park....

    Still trying to figure out how to comment, using our Google Accounts or another method, but will get it one of these days. Until then we be "Ananamus", or whatever :)

    Yep, the weather is cold and rainy right now but the sun is there, somewhere; hopefully for you folks in Ajo. You might take a trip to Organ Pipe, through WHY, Az, and check it out. Some neat sights there!

    Oh, and how is your Motor Home doing? Still happy with it?

    Please keep us other Aryzona weather-trapped readers entertained with your wonderful articles and pics. So far, we've cancelled on the Benson area, Quartzsite, Yuma, and are waiting - for sunshine - to get to the Superstitions for awhile.

    Meanwhile, a little walking, eating (too much), and tube time, fill our waking hours. Take care....

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    1. Yes we still enjoy our motorhome so much so that we are planning some upgrades as soon as we can

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  3. Looks like a great kitchen scrubber,, but hard for us to do without a sewing machine.

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    1. I don't have one either...used sewing room they have here at the park!

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  4. I don't have a sewing machine with me, what will try this when I get back to Ohio. Thanks, Sharon. Good job!

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  5. How interesting!! I can always use a good scrub cloth and this sounds easy to make. My sewing machine is in our storage unit so i might just use this rainy cool weather as a good time to make one. Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. I am not challenged and I am going to try this. You had me at putting it in the bottom of the sink with a little soap on it. Our sink gets this yucky coating on it from time to time.

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  7. I am going to try this out when we get home in July. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. This looks great but I'm a little confused about where you leave it and how it keeps from getting covered with grime or whatever if it's used on the grille. Is it in the dishpan wet with soap or ??? In my previous life I did a lot of handwork and just recently hand stitched patchwork Christmas stockings for my SIL and new Granddaughter. I love to do handwork but don't have a sewing machine any more. I'm impressed that you are at a park that has a machine you could use. In our 7 years on the road I don't think we've ever been in one. That's really handy.

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    1. It is the strangest thing ever in that it rinses completely clean. I hang it over the edge to dry and when I want to wash a few dishes i just put a little dish soap on it and wash up the dishes,rinse then hang over the sink to dry. It dries way faster than a sponge. YES These resorts in Arizona ARE amazing

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    2. Same thing with the grill...rinses clean! I keep the grill one under the sink

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  9. I love this idea. I bought a pack of those yellow sponges with the green scrubbing side at one of the dollar stores. After a few uses, every one of them smelled so bad. I couldn't figure out what was going wrong, except that the materials they used must have been different than the similar looking ones I usually get at Wal-Mart. You sure get what you pay for. But when I can I'm going to make some of those cleaning cloths. (No sewing machine on board.) I can see how they would work better and last longer than a sponge. Thanks for the tip! :)

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