No, no. A Spaghetti Scrubber isn’t some weird device to clean your pasta. It’s a nifty little dish scrubber that touts how it’s made from all-natural materials, but its real claim to fame is that unlike that scrubby sponges, it doesn’t stink after a few days’ use.
The name comes from the fact that it looks like a pile of spaghetti and it scrubs dishes.
I first learned about it from a reader, Melody aboard Vacilando. And so I ordered a package of two. To be blunt, I like them better than other options, but I don’t think they’re 100% perfect. But in the absence of finding something better, I’ll buy them again.
I’ve been using one of the scrubbers for eight weeks now, and just yesterday I noticed that it was losing its grit and that it was just picking up a bit of sour smell. Melody says they’ve been using the same one for six months with no smell — maybe I use it more? Still, two months is much longer than any other scrubber has lasted, although they’re also more expensive at about $9 for two.
Don’t be surprised when you get them: new out of the box, they are totally flat but with the first use they’ll curl up into the “pile of spaghetti.”
I bought the coarse scrubbers (the gold ones in the photo) and they worked well on all but the nastiest messes. They got dried food off dishes and normal pan crud off just fine. But for nasty pans with blackened material, I needed to get out some cleanser (these don’t work well with the cleanser; use a rag instead) or a plastic scrubby thing (but those tend to pick up a smell very quickly, so I try not to use them all the time). The Spaghetti Scrubber just couldn’t get it all off.
The Spaghetti Scrubber touts itself as a very “green” option, saying that you don’t need to use soap or detergent with it. Frankly, that didn’t work for me with anything that had any grease on it. I still used soapy water and was much happier with the results.
Also, although they seem to be marketed as a replacement for a dish rag, I just didn’t like using them for everything. I still used my dish rags (yeah, the Scrubr non-stinky ones that I love) just as I always had and used the Spaghetti Scrubber in place of a scrubby sponge.
I’ve also tried a number of other “scrubby” tools, looking to see what worked best on a boat. Ideally, I’d like something that won’t get that sour smell after just a few uses, will clean up even the toughest messes, can be rinsed out easily, won’t rust and will last forever. The Spaghetti Scrubber does far better than the others I’ve tried (several brands of scrubby sponges, scrubby sheets, stainless scrubbers and so on) as all of the others were hard to rinse food particles out of and that alone usually made them start to stink. The ones with sponges also picked up that sour smell as they didn’t dry quickly.
Bottom line: I recommend the Spaghetti Scrubbers as being better than anything else, but I’ll admit that they aren’t perfect!
You can buy the Spaghetti Scrubbers on Amazon (they have both a coarse and gentle; I recommend the coarse).