Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Upcycled Produce Bag Scrubbie

I've been saving mesh produce bags for about a year. When I opened up one of our kitchen junk draws for Spring cleaning, it literally exploded mesh bags everywhere! Why was I saving them? Well, my mom would tell you it's because I am a relentless pack rat. I inherited that trait from my grandmother, she could never throw away things that might be useful some day either. She was a class A upcycler. By the way, have you ever wondered what the difference between upcycling and recycling and downcycling and all of those other cyclings are? The site Green Living Tips was really helpful in sorting all of that out... but I digress...

Anyway, some months back when I didn't have time to delve into yet another project, I came across the Roswell Scrubbie in an old issue of Craft: and thought, what a brilliant way to use up all of those mesh bags. Here's what I did:
First, I trimmed off all of the tags and fused ends. Then I cut the mesh into similar sized square and rectangle pieces. They don't have to be perfectly uniform in size. The pieces I cut were about 6-7 inches and it made a rather large scrubbie. I would probably make mine a little smaller next time.

Next, I used a zip tie to tie the mesh pieces together. Just zip them up in the center and pull as tight as you can.

Finally, fluff the mesh pieces like a pompom, and viola! You have a new kitchen scrubbie!

These make great vegetable and fruit scrubbies. The mesh is really soft since it was already intended for produce use.

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