Scourers are amazing to clean dishes with food stuck on them. I have used them many, many times in my life.
Recently I learned how horrible they are for the environment, so I started researching and thinking about an alternative. I wish I would have known about the environmental problems of the scourer sponges a long time ago.
The reason they are so bad for the environment is that the plastic fibres break and little bits end up in our water ways, which ends up in the stomach of all kinds of sea animals, also the ones we eat. When they get too much plastic in their stomach they die of starvation. The other problem is that when the fibres are really small, such as can happen with these sponges and the scouring part of it is that the fibres end up all through the bodies of sea animals. When we eat them it ends up in our bodies as well. I can't see anything good come from that. So I needed to find an alternative.
I read about the coconut scourer, but couldn't find them sold locally. I did find them for sale in the USA, but that defeats the purpose to have them shipped by airplane to the UK. And the shipping costs were also quite expensive, as were the coconut scourers as well.
I thought that there should be another way. There should be something that would be easy to use and give a great scourer.
This got me thinking about the rough strong rope or twine that I have used in the past for macrame. That stuff was really rough. It was coloured sisal rope. So I went on a search to see where I could get rope or twine that was cheap and made of sisal. I ran into sisal twin at B&Q, but in the meantime I've also found it online sisal twine.
I Initially got it at B&Q. They sell 300 metre for less that £20. Sounded like a good deal to me. So this morning we decided to go there and purchase some, as we had to get some other stuff anyway as well.
This evening I started knitting. It's tough as the twine is rough and not very flexible. But it is doable. I figured I'd share it with you as it works nice as well as a scourer, I'm really impressed by how well it works.
How to knit the scourer
Cast on 10 stitches, knit 20 rows (you can knit more if you prefer). Just knit, you want the bumps on both sides as that makes the scourer work well.
Weave in the ends with a crochet hook, that works well.
You're done. Enjoy using it.