My bath puff always comes loose after a few weeks and I just end up buying a new one. It seems such a waste. There must be ways to reuse or recycle the bath puff.

Used bath puff

I unravelled one that was destined for the bin. The centre cord that held it together just needed a little snip and the whole thing came loose very easily.

Bath puff pulled apart

There was nearly 2 metres of tube netting in that one puff! No wonder the bath puff doesn’t fray after washing. It’s a tube! Duh! It just comes loose and looks like a ball of mess.

Tube netting from bath puff

I’ve seen yarn sleeves made with a similar netting. They are sold as knitting/ crocheting accessories to hold centre-pull balls of yarn.


Photo from Ozquilts.com.au

I snipped a small section of the tube netting and stuck my pretty red yarn cake in it. Voila! One yarn sleeve!

Yarn sleeve

My only concern is that when the ball gets really small, the netting will be too loose for it. I think the netting can be cut lengthwise and the edges re-sewn (or crocheted) together to make a tighter tube if that happens.

Anyway, I still had a lot of netting left. So I cast on 6 stitches with the largest needles I own, which is a pair of 12mm needles, and began knitting in plain garter stitch.

Knitting up pot scrubber

I knitted till I ran out of netting and cast off.

Loose ends

I wove the ends in with my fingers and reattached the hanging cord. Ta-da! A “new” pot scrubber!

"New" pot scrubber

Now for the test. It’s a good thing I didn’t do the dishes last night. :P

Pot scrubber in action

It aced the pot scrubbing test but how will it go getting machine washed? I threw the pot scrubber in the washing machine for a wash with some tea towels. It survived that too with just some of the ends coming loose. I just wove them back in with my fingers again.

So there you go! Two ways of reusing a bath puff – make a yarn sleeve and knit up a pot scrubber.

Yarn sleeve & pot scrubber

What do you think? More ideas welcome. :)

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