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Dish cleaning tools - which is for what?

What are the pictured tools for?

  • Steel scrubber: pots and pans

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Steel scrubber: very dirty pots and pans

    Votes: 2 100.0%
  • Scourer pad: pots and pans

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Scourer pad: less dirty pots and pans

    Votes: 2 100.0%
  • Brush is useless

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Brush is for everything else: plates, glasses, knives, forks, teaspoons, cheese graters, ...

    Votes: 1 50.0%

  • Total voters
    2

Indian Summer

Cult Leader
Administrator
Pictured: Brush, steel scrubber, scourer pad.
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But which items should each of these cleaning tools be used on?

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Mischief

Stranger in a strange land
I don't use any of them. They are tough on pots and pans, even stainless steel ones.
 

Val

Extraterrestrial
Pictured: Brush, steel scrubber, scourer pad.
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But which items should each of these cleaning tools be used on?

This is the debate of the century! It's the U.S. versus Europe. It's big city versus small town. It's man versus woman!

And now you must choose a side!

Please also make a post to explain your position as a simple vote is not sufficient to end this debate.
We used to have such tools in the USSR. Most people use them nowadays. The metallic sponge on the left is often used to remove burnt grease from the cast-iron frying-pans' surface and from oven's trays and walls (believe me, people are doing it nowadays). The softer green-ish sponge on the right is for washing something like delftware. The brush on the top was used for different purposes. We had the similar one for penetrating inside big 3-liter and 5-liter glass jars. Also we used it for cast-iron soup-pots.:)
 
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silva

Addicted Poster
I use used foil on steel pans that have baked on stuff. Leaving baking soda and water followed by a foil scrub will get off baked on grease. I've gotten really good pans from thrift stores like that, and my own I've had from my grandmother.
I have a nylon bristle brush by the sink but it's for veggies.
I have to confess here--I just bought a bag of nylon scrubbers for $1. There are a dozen balls of plastic string. I was washing dishes and it suddenly occurred to me 'damn what a horrid thing!" :(. I guess they'll last a long time for dish washing, but they'll also last forever somewhere :mad:
I used to use those green scrubbers all the time and quit for the same reason I shouldn't have bought the nylon scrubbers!:rolleyes:
 

Poppy

Ankle Biter
The scrubber brush is for loosening melted cheese and egg yolk - so why do you have it???

The steel scrubber is for loosening meat remnants - so why do you have it???

The scour pad is the only tool suitable for veg*ns, so you should use it for everything.

Was that a help?

:p
 

Mischief

Stranger in a strange land
I knit our dishcloths from cotton yarn, using stitches with lots of texture. I make them small, about 3 inches square. They are used no longer than one day, then set aside for washing.

If something is stuck on the inside of a pan and it won't wash away easily, I use a little Barkeep's Friend. I don't use anything abrasive on the inside of pots and pans because even scratches that are too fine to be seen with the naked eye will cause food to be more likely to stick in the future. (There's no nonstick cookware in the house because birds - we use stainless steel and cast iron, which, if treated properly, are easy to cook with and to clean.)

When the outside bottoms of pans need it, I ball up a little aluminum foil and scrub the outside bottoms with that.
 

silva

Addicted Poster
Instant Pot pretty much cleans itself. Why you guys don't have one :rolleyes::D
Someone is sure to get one for Christmas ;)
 
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