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Michael's Original Washing Up Pad (Pack of 5)

4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
About the Product
  • Plastic-free, biodegradable and compostable
  • Traditional way of washing-up in the Philippines
  • Absorbs CO2 when growing
  • Made from the luffa (loofah) plant
  • Very long lasting

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Product Description

Product Description

In the Philippines, luffas have been used as washing-up scourers for generations. Continuing this tradition, Michael's Original grow luffas to organic principles on their family farm for this purpose. Ideal for washing-up, Michael's Original washing up pads are supple enough to bend round rims, reach into corners and are suitable for all your washing-up (soak baked on food first). They have plenty of scrubbing power and are durable and tough enough to clean up pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and all surfaces. They are gentle enough for non-stick surfaces, sensitive enough for fruit and vegetables (and safe enough for your body in the shower!). They last for between 3 and 12 months and when they are worn out can be composted, saving landfill. Contrary to popular belief Luffa are not sea creatures like sponges but are plants grown on land. Michael's Original luffas are clean and hygienic. Rinse and air dry by hanging them up or throw them in the dish/clothes washer. They are biodegradable, so after their natural life, feed your compost or wormery with them, not the land fill.

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Ingredients

Made from luffa (loofah) with abaca fibre string

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Product Information

Weight45 Grams
Units5 each
Storage InstructionsKeep in a dry place
Country of originPhilippines
BrandMichael's Original
  
Additional Information
ASINB00569ERG8
Best Sellers Rank 42,294 in Health & Personal Care (See top 100)
Shipping Weight41 g
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Date First Available15 Jun. 2011
  
 

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I work with the loofah farmer that produces Michael's Original Washing- Up accessories. All of the Michael's products are grown and processed on a small family farm without the use of any carbon producing energy- just sunlight & human energy. Their production offers jobs in a poor rural part of the Philippines and the farm produces 2 crops of loofahs a year which absorb CO2 when growing. They are very light and compressed and packed into wooden crates and shipped by sea only to the UK. Analysis by the farmer suggests that they are actually carbon negative ie they absorb more CO2 when growing than is created by their transport. Add to this the fact that NO chemicals are used in the production process, they last a long time and biodegrade totally at the end of their natural life. Compare this to industrially produced synthetic nylon sponges and scourers made from petroleum by products & industrial chemicals, use energy in their manufacture, are often shipped from China, and are thrown into the bin after a few weeks of use where they do not biodegrade and often end up in landfill. The choice is an easy one in my opinion.
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We have used Michael's Original washing-up loofahs to wash our dishes for a while now and have moved on from using plastic sponges - so last century. They are a nice way of making your life a little greener. Most people are familiar with loofahs in the bath but have not come across them for washing up. As someone who once washed up for a job I can report that they are brilliant for the task and last a surprisingly long time. They are just the right size to hold (not long like the ones for the bath) and make quick work of most of the washing up. For baked on food you will need to soak it first which is pretty normal anyway. Surprisingly they do not discolour or trap bits of food but if they do you can normally just swish them out in the water. You need to hang them up after use to dry them out. After a few months they get a bit soft and worn and we replace them when we remember. Several of my friends have now tried them and are very happy. They also look a lot nicer in the kitchen than those manky green sponges. I also use them in the shower (not the same one!) where they make great exfoliators.
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These work well for washing up. They scrub gently. It is just a bit of loofah really so you could use it for other things like cleaning the bathroom or even yourself. The loofah rinses clean of bits easily. It goes hard when dry and softens up when you use it. Each pad has a hanging loop so you can hang it up to dry which I feel is more hygienic than lying around in the sink! Product is biodegradable when past its best and is a natural product made by a small company.

Nice eco/green product. Nice that the packaging is cardboard and can be recycled rather than plastic.
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Absolutely love these exfoliators. Along with baking soda, they've completely removed an oil stain from the bottom of a new stainless steel sauce pan I was trying to seal.

When scrubbing you don't have to worry about scratches as its strange but they're totally abrasive to cut up dirt, but bendy too.

I love that they're the natural, eco friendly option. I think I will subscribe. Kind on the hands also.
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I received a "Ringer" stainless steel mesh cleaner as a gift, to use on my cast iron, and have decided that it's too harsh (and loud on the ears) for my taste, so I thought that I'd try these loofah washing up pads, as an effective and eco-friendly alternative.

I've been using it on my cast iron (and other ware) every day for about a week now and my verdict is that they're brilliant and, in fact, do a better job for me than the Ringer did. I'll definitely be ordering more of them, as needed (pads are supposed to last about 3 months a piece). Love the fact, too, that they're compostable after their scrubbing days are done.
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I've been using these for a few months now. They scrub better than the usual sponges I used to get, but don't scratch. Get soft and surprisingly pliable in the water so will wash most things well (I use a brush for some things like the hand blender). Their only downsides are the price and the lack of absorbency to mop up after you've washed up. I still think they are pretty cost effective considering that each lasts approximately a month. I also find that bits of food wash out really easily so it's more hygienic - I just rinse it out and hang up to dry when I finish. I am happy to find these
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These a great, they last for ages! We initially bought them to be a little more eco friendly. But upon using them, they work very well and can outlast half a dozen sponges easily. So while they cost more, they do last a long, long time. We're still on our first one! It has lasted 3 months so far and still has life in it. We dunk it in some vinegar every so often to keep it bacteria free. Great buy, highly recommended.
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I have waited a few weeks before submitting this review as my initial reaction to these was with some doubt as to their suitability. However my doubts were misplaced - they are very effective and lasts well - still on my first one. Possibly not as strong for really bad marks, but they should be soaked longer anyway. Definitely 5 stars!
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