How can I reuse or recycle bodyscrubbers?

BodyscrubberFollowing on from last week’s soggy sponge post, what about those newfangled body scrubber things?

For those that aren’t familiar with them, they seem to be some sort of nylon (?) net, squished together into a puffy ball shape.

They don’t “sog” up as much as sponges but as a commenter on the sponge post notes, all that type of thing are such a fab breeding ground for bacteria, they probably shouldn’t be kept hanging around for too long – and so will be thrown away when there is still a bit of life in them (and I don’t mean the bug life).

I imagine they’d be quite a fun texture for using for paint effects while decorating – but any other suggestions?

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16 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle bodyscrubbers?”


  1. stacy says:

    painting projects for kids, clip off rope, sanitize, and use inside to play catch with the kids, “sponge” paint walls, cleaning out shower/bathtub

  2. Betty Ann says:

    If you clip the center knot of the string that holds the puff together, you will hae a long expandable tube. By cutting and knotting the end you will have a bag like oranges and potatoes come in. I used mine for collecting sea shells at Myrtle Beach. I could easily rinse off the sand and hang the bag up to dry. As a bag/bags the possible uses are endless.

  3. Robert says:

    We seem to get a collection of these things during the Christmas. So I used them in place of bio-balls and other filter media for my fish tank. They capture particles and allow bacteria to grow that helps keep the tank healthy.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have to agree with Stacy. When you’re about ready to pitch these little guys, I’ve found that they are wonderful for scrubbing out the bathtub. Just use a little Softscrub, and it easily eliminates soap scum.

  5. fuchsoid says:

    If you open them out, you get a sort of net tube. You can tie the last slivers of scraps of soap bars into this, so that you can use them up completely.

  6. Andy says:

    They are very good at cleaning UPVC windows, as they don’t scratch the surface like other scrubbers

  7. Katie says:

    I took mine apart and put the stones in them for my garden pots. Now when I have to re-pot I don’t have to sort out the drainage stones, they are kept together in the net bag.

  8. Kris says:

    I took one apart and split the long tube in half to make “ribbon” to use when wrapping gifts.

  9. Kathy says:

    Use it to clean mushrooms or potatoes – then throw it into the washmachine for further use. The bodyscrubber gloves are even handier.

  10. Ruti says:

    bleach would get rid of any nasties and would not affact the colour, then you can re-use as you wish without fear of bugs!

    I like these for cleaning bathroom tiles as well as the tub.

  11. Jan Barker says:

    On Instructables there is a tutorial for using the tubing to hold shampoo bottles in the shower
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Shower-Thing/

  12. Jan Barker says:

    You could put nuts, seeds and oats in a piece of it, tie both ends and you have a birdfeeder.

  13. Amberjet says:

    Cut the tube into strips and use the long strands with yarn to crochet a pot scrubber or scrubbing bath glove.

  14. Christina says:

    Ladies,after you unravel the body Puff you can cut it in half of how ever much you need,tie a not in the bottom and use for you delicates(ie.under garments,stockings)or anything you need to be kept separate.

  15. Lena says:

    I have an old bath scrubber puff but it is in poor shape. Can I just dump it in the trash? It’s made out of plastic, so i assume no, but i feel bad putting in the land fill where birds and bugs will get stuck in it! Help, how do i contentiously get rid of it??
    Thanks!

  16. Mindy Waters says:

    When you buy new bath scrub puffs, buy green ones. When they get old, unravel to its starter tube shape then push and scrunch up onto a wire circle to make a Christmas wreath!



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