Two ways to reuse your bath puff

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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54 Responses to “Two ways to reuse your bath puff”

  1. Ina says:

    Super! Not one, but two recycling ideas. Thanks! :)
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  2. FABULOUS ideas!! Thanks!

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  4. Mel M says:

    Just wonderful. How thrifty & ingenious! Thanks so much for sharing this!
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  5. monika says:

    I love the pot scrubber idea.I think you could melt the ends together so they will not come apart when washed.
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  6. Cassandra says:

    Your welcome Salihan. :)

  7. Carleen says:

    What a great idea. I’m definatly going to try.

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  9. Reiner Hamm says:

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    • Salihan says:

      Willkommen auf meinem Blog! Ich hoffe, Sie genießen alle informativen Tutorials ich hier mitteilen. Ich mag das Stricken und Häkeln und bieten Links zu Freie Pattern im gesamten Web. Ich habe auch backen oder wandern. Sie sich auch für die Rezepte ich einen Link zu. Hoffnung zu hören, wieder von Dir!

      Welcome to my blog! I hope you do enjoy all the informative tutorials I share here. I like to knit and crochet and offer links to free patterns around the web. I also bake and bushwalk. You might also like the recipes I link to. Hope to hear from you again!

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  10. Hadiye says:

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  12. Donna says:

    What a great idea!
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  13. DJ says:

    wow, i just kept putting them back together then using them to stuff in fragile items to pack. i will use your ideas. thanks for sharing

  14. Hoggit says:

    This is a troublesome issue, but I have found a good home for old Bath Puffs, using them as netting over my seedlings in the garden, I give them away to family and friends to use likewise aswell.

  15. Cate says:

    Hiya, I posted your tutorial (and a link back to here) on our site as we are always excited by ways to reuse discarded products. One of our readers asked how we would sterilise the scrub before using it on dishes. Thoughts?

    • Salihan says:

      Thanks for linking to my tutorial Cate! I would suggest washing the scrub in the washing machine and sterilising it with bleach. To be extra safe, you can also boil the scrub in a pot of water for about 15mins. I would also like to add that your reader uses her own judgement. For her peace of mind, buying a new scrubber might be the go.

  16. sena çeyiz says:

    Congratulations on a good idea..

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  18. jetskis says:

    really intersting way to reuse your bath puff. i will give this a try at the weekend, thank you for sharing
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  19. Gertrud says:

    Hi! Danke für diesen Post :-)

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