Bright and Fun Scrubbies

It seems like an oxymoron to include the word fun with anything that has to do with washing dishes but these crochet Scrubbies almost…….almost do just that!

Scrubby 1

Now I have never been accused of being a good housekeeper. I have no shame in making that statement. Some people are fantastic at keeping things tidy and organized. I’m not one of those people. Washing dishes is by far my least favorite of all household chores.

I have never had an automatic dishwasher. That sounds stupid when I think about it. I hate doing dishes so why on earth would I not want to get a machine that does it for me. It’s simple. The cost of buying and installing a dishwasher just feels like a ridiculous expense when washing dishes by hand is not difficult or (when done in a timely fashion) very time consuming.

I have a very small kitchen without much storage space so I also cannot afford to give up any cabinets to put in a machine that I will likely be the one that has to load and unload anyways.

Since I have accepted that dirty dishes and I will be enemies for the rest of my life the only thing I can do is to make the best of it.

Bright colorful Scrubbies might make me actually look forward to washing the dishes!!!



But they are cheerful to look at and super easy to make. I used Red Heart Scrubby yarn but you can use cotton. The Scrubby yarn was a bit fiddly to work with. The pattern is a free Red Heart Scrubby pattern that you can find the YouTube video here.

I like to find something positive in every situation. The awful terrible thing here is that I HATE doing dishes, but I LOVE to crochet. So I suppose if I have to say anything nice about dirty dishes it would be that it gave me an excuse to buy yarn and crochet something!! 😀

Thanks for reading!!

~ Tami

47 responses to “Bright and Fun Scrubbies

  1. I’m sure you’ll look forward to doing washing up now (for a few days at least lol).
    Funnily enough, I don’t mind washing up. On my list of chores I hate the least are washing up and the ironing lol.
    Had a dishwasher, in the past, when we had 3 kids at home, but once they grew up it died and I never replaced it.

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    • Maybe someday if we ever move to a new house I might look for one that has a dishwasher already installed. For now though I can make the best of it and find little things like these scrubbies or some nice smelling dish soap to make it less painful. LOL!! 😀 😀 😀

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  2. Tami,
    I have used that Scrubby yarn too, and you’re right about it being “fiddly”. It’s not so hard to crochet, but it’s murder if you have to rip out something. Those little nibs that make it so scrubby get caught.
    But using it made me relax, stitch loose, and to pay attention to what I was doing.
    I need to make some more, these are great gifts, even for people who have dishwashers.
    PS – I also have no dishwasher, so as I write this my hands feel crinkly from just doing the breakfast dishes.

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    • That is a good point Jan! These were a quick make, but I was being very careful and really paid attention to the stitches and kept everything loose. It was nice to take my time and really focus on it. I did NOT want to have to even try to pull it apart. I can see where that would be a nightmare. I sent a couple of them to a friend as a gift and she loved them. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to make 4 scrubbies with 2 skeins of the scrubby yarn. I thought the skeins looked small but there was more than enough yarn. 😀

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  3. Washing dishes was never my favourite chore either. I am knitting a few dishcloths…my mom used to make them and put them in our Christmas stockings every year, but she has been gone for 5 years this year, so my supply is running low. The texture of the cotton dishcloths really does a fantastic job when washing dishes. I’ll have to get some of the scrubby yarn and give it a try to see how it compares.

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    • Hi Kate! My mom passed away a little over 6 years ago and I miss all of the handmade gifts that she would give me too. I would like to crochet a whole set of kitchen things. On my to do list is some dish cloths, dish towels and small appliance covers. I’m hoping to put them into active projects soon but I always seem to end up starting things to give other people. LOL 😀

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  4. I hate doing the dishes as well, then before you know it the kitchen is unbearable an its like shit why did i let it happen lol! We had a dishwasher in my mums home, luckily it was there when she bought the house but once it broke she refused to get it fixed because of the cost! Shes a clean freak though so dishes don’t phase her! URGH tami can you use those scrubbies for bath time instead lol!! They are fun though ❤

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    • LOL we have had some fun conversations about hating the dishes haven’t we!!!! Sometimes I wish that I was the type of person that had the dishes all washed immediately after dinner but I end up saying ooooph I’ll do them later!! The scrubby yarn would be great for exfoliating. LOL I never even thought to make some for the bath! Oooo I bet a nice soft cotton would be lovely in a hot bath – which of course I would need to take before I used up all the hot water on the dishes!! 😀 😀 😀

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      • LOLOLOL WE HAVE! In fact we’ve had some fun ones in general all the moaning we do haha. your like me, its like they be ok i just let me food settle down and then before you know it, im in bed with tea and watching netflix. THESE CLEAN FREAKS ARE NOT NORMAL. Me ma says, clean as you go – No thanks. OOOOOOOOOO you know what cottons nice, Rico! That would be well lush scrubbing your pits. Bath first Tami dishes never!!!

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    • My poor hubby, he wants to help but I end up standing behind him giving him “advice” on how to do the dishes. It really is more stressful when he does them LOL!! Every time I get my kitchen nice and sparkly clean I always make a vow to keep it that way. I usually break that promise by the end of the week!! 😀 😀 😀

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  5. Yeah, I don’t think anything could ever make me not hate washing dishes but I love how you turned it around on those dirty dishes. Your love for crochet can help you attack them! Victory! Now you’ve got me wanting to make scrubbies, but I think I’ll make mine look like mermaids. 🙂

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    • Oh mermaid scrubbies would be adorable!! Maybe if I made mermaid ones I could have tapped into my “inner child” and actually have fun doing dishes. LOL!! I like the idea of making future ones that look like weapons though so I can really attack those dishes!!! 😀 😀 😀

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    • Hahahaha I really don’t like any housekeeping chores either!! Except for vacuuming is a little fun. I keep things just clean enough that I don’t get any critters or bugs running around! LOL 😀 😀 😀

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  6. I found some scrubby type yarn at a craft store here in the U.K. But it’s labelled craft cotton. I found it very difficult to crochet with as I couldn’t see the stitches so I’m knitting with it instead and its working fine. I’m making dishcloths.
    I like your scrubbies 🙂

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    • Thank you! It was hard to see the stitches. The pattern used front post stitches which made it much easier. I don’t know how to knit but I bet that dishcloths with this type of yarn would work great!! 😀

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    • Listening to some music would make it better! It may even help with getting me in the mood to clean the whole kitchen!! LOL 😀 😀 😀


  7. I never owned a dishwasher and never wanted one either. Then my wonderful mother decided that she wanted to buy us a dishwasher as an anniversary gift. I said ‘no’ – a) because they were far too expensive and I didn’t want her spending that much money, and b) because washing up the dishes and plates was just something I was to do in my life.

    But she dug her heels in and eventually Mr. Cobs said that I should allow the gift to be given because it would make my mother so very happy.

    So I called her on the phone and said that we would love a dishwasher. She was cock-a-hoop with delight. We made a date to go shopping and the day arrived. We found a dishwasher which was perfect. It did the things I would want, in the way I would want, and it wasn’t too costly. It arrived just days before our Wedding Anniversary, and a plumber was called to fit it in.

    Like you, I had a small kitchen and needed all the storage space that I’d got … but I did a slight re-arrange and although I ended up losing one cupboard – I soon found ways to store things in other cupboards (or stop buying as much as I was!)

    That dishwasher is still going strong, and it’s about (roughly) 14 or 15 years old now. It’s a tiny bit more noisy than it used to be, but then … so am I.

    If it blew up today? I’d be out this afternoon buying a new one. I seriously wouldn’t be without it.

    You know how, when you get a phone call saying someone will be in the area in an hours time, so they’ll pop in for a coffee? Well … you know how you go crazy around the house, like a mental person, straightening the cushions, vacuuming the floor, putting the kitchen back to normal after the breakfast things are sat on the work top, waiting for you to get to them …. Well… a dishwasher tidies up your kitchen INSTANTLY.

    Bibbity Bobbity Boo!

    Seriously Tami …. it’s like a magic wand has been waved. All the messy dishes, stuff in the sink, cups, plates, mugs, glasses, cutlery …. they all just go into the dishwasher and you shut the door. GONE. The Mess has GONE – just like a magic wand was waved over the kitchen!

    You HAVE to have one Tami. I honestly, truthfully, pinky promise that I was exactly of your mind. I even actually rather liked washing up! (don’t hate me! lol)

    When you’ve had a baking session, all you have to do is wipe down the surfaces because loading the dishwasher is easy peasy.

    Have a re-think Tami. I beg you. After a couple of weeks getting used to it, and not being scared of it …. you’ll be SO glad that you finally bought one and wonder why you hadn’t bought one before!
    Heaps of love ~ Cobs.

    Oh …
    PS… those scrubbies are WAAAAY to beautiful to put next to a dirty plate! Look at them!!! They’re Fairy Landing Pads!
    Buy a dishwasher … but still make the Fairy Landing Pads … and sell them on Etsy to help pay for the dishwasher. 🤗 🤗 🤗

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    • Dear dear Cobs – as usual you are probably correct about getting a dishwasher. I think it has more to do with being nervous Nelly about new things than anything else. Or perhaps I am a secret masochist and like to punish and torture myself with an endless stack of dirty dishes.
      Whatever my true reason is for not getting a dishwasher I really should just get over it and get one! I’ve done a lifetime’s worth of dishes by hand I’m sure. Why wouldn’t I want to get something that could make my life easier.
      Well – the thing that really caught my attention in your comment was the “when friends pop by” – my house is almost NEVER in just pop by condition. As I’m on the phone with the unexpected guest I instantly look at the counter full of dishes and panic!! 😀 😀 😀
      Oh maybe I can find a color combination that will attract dish washing fairies!!! That way I won’t need to buy a dishwasher! I’m sure fairy cleaned dishes are the sparkliest clean ever!!!
      Sending you soap bubbly blessings!!
      ~ Tami

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    • It didn’t feel exactly nice to touch but at the same time it didn’t feel bad either, if that makes sense LOL! It did take a little bit to get used to but the scrubby itself feels really neat and kind of squishy – not unpleasant at all. 😀

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  8. I’ve never seen the Scrubby Yarn!!! I need to try that…🤔
    Good on ya for passing on the dishwasher. It IS just another big unrecyclable thing to end up in a landfill eventually 😝 We all need to be less lazy 🤙

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    • I found it in my local Walmart and thought it looked interesting. I really just need to get in the habit of washing the dishes right after meals. It really isn’t so bad if I keep up with them. It’s just too easy to want to relax when my belly is full!! 😀

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    • I had enough of the scrubby yarn to make some for myself too Ricci and I love them!! I still don’t like doing dishes but the bright scrubbies makes it a tiny bit better!! I am so happy that you like yours!!! 😀 😀 😀


    • Thanks Tracy!! It was a quick and fun project! I made two that I sent to a friend as part of a “Happy Package” and had enough of the scrubby yarn left to make some for myself! These work great on my cast iron!! 😀 😀 😀


    • I always knew you were one of “those” types of people Hannah!! LOL 😀 I wish I could like washing dishes but it’s impossible – even with fun scrubbies!! 😀 😀 😀


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