Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Clever Clementine

What does the aluminum foil from yesterday have in common with this box of clementines?  Well, not much really.  But the netting covering these clementines can be used as a scrub 'brush" just like I suggested with aluminum foil. 

I first saw this tip in "Real Simple" and because I love reusing (oh, you know how I love reusing!), I had to try it.  So I took the netting off three different boxes of clementines (we love these sweet treats) and gave it a shot.  My version is made with three nets, but I think you could do more or less depending on your taste.  I tried tucking two nets into one creating a kind of ball.  I then took the twist tie off an old bread bag (reusing again!!!) and tied the edges together.  When I was finished I had this orange ball of a scrub brush.  
I have to say it worked pretty well!  I would recommend more then one twist tie to prevent the "brush" from coming apart with vigorous scrubbing.  This is a gentle scrubber which works wonderfully for getting leftover food out of containers to be recycled or reused.  

What do you think?  Are you going to give it a shot?  Do you have other clever ideas?   And it seems like y'all aren't digging 10 uses Tuesday.   Feedback?  Should we stop it?  


annie kelleher said...

wow i never thought of doing that!!! i like to use the boxes the clementines come in though.... i use them as plant trays... i have a couple waiting for spring now in the garage!!!

Electronic Goose said...

I've read about it this before but you make it sounded easier than I thought it was--I'll try it! (And I heart clementines, too :)

Jenni at My Web of Life said...

Okay, I just had a brain wave when I saw your picture with the netting layed out like that. Is there anyway that the netting could be sewn together to make a netted bag for future produce purchases? Those flimsy plastic bags are a source of irritation to me. I try not to use them unless I am buying lots of little items like brussel sprouts or tomatoes. Then I try to reuse them as much as possible. I've been considering buying some netted produce bags but making my own with re-used netting may hit two birds with one stone!

I'm going to try to make some and let you know if it works at all.

Meghan said...

I am so doing this! Plus, I LOVE grandmother's name as well as my shop name! :)

Liz said...

Oooh, I've got to try this!

Condo Blues said...

I use a clemintine box to corral wash cloths in my linen closet. I also reuse the peels. There are too many ways to list here, so I"ll just give your the URL

Green Resolutions said...

I saw this in the Tightwad Gazette a few weeks ago and I've been doing it ever since. I think it is a great idea :)

Willo said...

Ok, I just have to say y'all blow my mind with your brilliance!

Annie-Plant trays! When I actually start planting stuff I am SO trying that.

Electronic Goose-It only took a few minutes and would have taken even less if I had thought of the ball idea earlier. Give it a shot!

Jenni-BEYOND brilliant! Let me know how it works out!

Meghan-I know...I know so much I am putting it in Friday's blog!

Liz-Thanks for coming by! Your blogs is one of my very favorite!

Condo Blues-I know I am naive but what is coral wash? Fill me in. And I saw that article, it was good stuff.

Green Resolutions-Good I am glad you are ahead of the game and can vouch for it working. See, being green=saving green.

Gorgeous and Green said...

What a Great Idea! Thanks.

Lisa said...

Great idea, I should have included this idea in my Clementine post!