Scotch Brite Introduces Greener Clean

Jeanne Sager
Home & Garden
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Scotch-Brite happens to be one of those brands I've purchased over the years out of habit -- my parents did it, so I have too.

But when my job here at The Stir offered me a chance to try a greener twist on an old favorite, I jumped at the chance.

Sure, I said, send us some sample scrubbers, and we'll try them out.

My past experience with the brand, I reasoned, could only be beneficial in doing a test run.

Dubbed the Greener Clean line, they've injected natural fibers, recycled materials and more into the old products, plus introduced a few new ones.

First up -- the Scotch-Brite Greener Clean Natural Fiber Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge ($4.60 per two-pack). The original scrub sponges -- with a soft sponge on one side and a scrubber on the other -- are my go-to for cleaning pots and pans, so it only made sense to try these first.

The new sponge is made of 23 percent recycled materials, the scrubber is 50 percent agave plant -- but they work exactly the same as my old set with a little less guilt on my part. The "natural" materials on the scrubber seem to want to flake off, but they're holding strong after several washes.

Next up -- the Biodegradable Absorbent Sponges ($4 per two-pack). Also made from 23 percent recycled materials, they worked like a regular sponge in the bathtub. But I'm more excited for the end result -- I can drop them in my compost pile instead of sending them off to the landfill!

A final favorite -- Soap Loaded Scrubbers ($3.86 per six-pack). Made from recycled plastic bottles, these nuggets come out of the (recycled and recyclable) box looking like mini hairnets. Pop them under the water, and the soap comes running out, and the plastic makes for a great gentle scrubber. I'm not likely to use these on a regular basis, but they'd be a great thing to throw in the bag for picnics or vacations -- any place where you don't want to have to cart a whole container of soap with you.

There are a few boo boos here -- Mom Go Green called the company to find out more about the other ingredients in some of these and discovered there's polyester in there. Ugh.

And the folks at Got2BeGreen found the price was substantially higher at stores around them.

What is your must have for cleaning the dishes?

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