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spiffy: The DIY durable hemp fiber sponge

 
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For all my life, i used this popular combination for washing dishes:



Those scouring pads are cheap and handy, when they're old i still use them to clean the bathroom, but after all it's a throw-away product made of plastic. I imagined the huge pile of plastic waste i produced during my lifetime with this way of washing dishes, and i thought i should come up with a better solution.

Here it is: The DIY durable hemp fiber pad.

Hemp string is available at the hardware store and pretty cheap. I chose that material because hemp fiber is known for its durability concerning continuous contact with water (that's why it was used in sea travel before the invention of plastics). I'd appreciate any experiments with e.g nettle fiber though.
You can knit or crochet it in any form you find convenient, for me my mum made two different forms. The one in the classic potholder-shape works best so far.



I was really surprised how well it works! It's a bit stiff at the beginning, but gets softer after some use. The cleaning properties are excellent, i had no more need to use any detergent, cause is removes even animal fats an grease pretty well.

I hope you enjoy & share this idea.

Edit: I got rewarded with an apple for this post immediately! Great, thanks!
 
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Interesting. Luffa is on my plant list. The cucumber that becomes a sponge/scrubber
 
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Super! I love 'permies' creativity and innovaton ;) I'm going to make some of these .... a good excuse to buy a roll of hemp twine... best price may be on Amazon, and I can use Paul's connection :)
 
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