Freezing Soap Pads - A Kitchen Tip

For the past couple of days, I've been thinking about homemaking tips and if I had any that I could share. Today's tip I found about a couple of years ago on the internet. When I first read about it, I was amazed! I don't know why I never thought of this, but it never crossed my mind. If you're like me, then it probably never crossed yours too - Freezing Soap Pads between use.

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Freezing Soap Pads

Every kitchen has some sort of scrubber for cleaning stubborn grime. From the time I was a little girl, my mom always used Chore Boy Copper Scrubbers. I loathe those things! Those coppery little mounds gave me the creeps when I would wash dishes and clean the stove. Let's not talk about how they stretch out and just drive you crazy.

For me, the steel wool soap pads are my kind of scrubbers. As soon as they get all grimy and gunky out they go. They're priced reasonably for the amount of scrubbing pads that you get. So it's not like throwing a whole lot of money out the window when you have to throw them away.

The only thing about them I hate is how they will rust after using them a time or two. If you're anything like me, you hate the thought of throwing the pad out after one or two uses still full of soap even with the rustiness in it.

Storing your used soap pad in a plastic bag
in the freezer, keeps it from rusting.

I've been doing this for a good while now and I've only had to buy three boxes since I've started this. I throw the pad away when it starts getting grubby and grimy. All I do is pull the bag out while I'm cooking so it will thaw out. BUT, there are days (more often than not) when I forget to pull the bag out of the freezer before I start washing dishes. I use it anyway, scrubbing my pots and pans (stainless steel) with a scrub pad encased in a chunk of ice - it works! While the water is melting the ice, I'm able to get a good scrub on a stubborn spot of stuck on something or another.

Don't let the pad sit out and dry or you'll end up with rust and have to throw it out sooner. Freezing the pads will help make the box last longer, and that's a good thing - You'll be saving moving.

If you have any homemaking tips that you would like to share, please leave me a comment, I'm open to new ideas.


  1. I put a plastic sandwich bag (the folding kind) over my hand to grease a pan with shortening. I have never liked getting that stuff on my hands and then having to spend a huge amount of time washing it off. When done, I invert the sandwich bag so that the greasy side is inside and throw it away.

  2. I love this! I'll have to remember that for my cake pans. I agree, shortening is like washing tar off your hands.

  3. That's super smart. Thanks for the tip!


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