A Dishrag That Doesn’t Get Stinky!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

These dish rags work better than any others I've used to get dishes clean, with the added bonus of just never smelling nasty. No need to use a fresh rag every day! One of the most popular items with TBG readers.

Would you do this with the dish rag you’ve been using for the past week?

I didn’t think so.  And I wouldn’t have, either — and then I tried the Scrubr dish rags.  And you can see from the dirt that it’s not fresh from the laundry.  I’m serious, there’s no smell!

It’s called a Scrubr and available online from Amazon:

Lunatec Gear, the manufacturer, says that it’s made from a “non-absorbent material” — seems like thin spun plastic to me.  In addition to the no stinky quality, I like it as a great dishcloth:

  • It dries really quickly, I’d say under 10 minutes (of course, it’ll depend on temperature and humidity)
  • It has a bit of a “scrubby” texture to it so stuck on food comes off easily, but it’s soft enough to be almost as flexible as a rag.
  • Nifty little elastic loop to hang it up if you want.

This is one of those item that’s not just great on the boat, it’s great in any kitchen.  The only thing to note about it is that it’s not absorbent, so you can’t use it to wipe spills up.  You still need a bar towel or rag for that!

By the way, they also make a washcloth (face and body) that’s similar — not as rough, but also just doesn’t pick up that stink!  (Full disclosure:  the manufacturer, Lunatec, sent me two for evaluation. I’ve purchased more since.) The texture is soft enough to be comfortable, yet rough enough to remove dead skin (my complaint with microfiber travel wash cloths is that they’re too “silky” to really clean).  Two sizes: 11 x 11 square or 12 x 36 long. Highly recommend them, too!

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  1. Waterwoman says:

    Hi Carolyn,
    The ten pack is actually a six pack, but the idea sounds great!

    The lock & lock bowls are no longer available at the link provided. I purchased a two pack bowl set with handles from QVC and when I tried the “leak” test (filled with water & turned upside down) they leaked. If they prove to be defective and I get replacements, I’ll give a shout out. I liked the handle idea for transportation, the handle folds flat.


  2. As a guy who really dislikes smelly dish rags, I really appreciate you discovering these and look forward to giving them a spin.

    Thank you!


  3. Can it be true? I hate stinky rags!

  4. Yep — they’re the only rags I use since I’ve found them. They are fantastic — both for being non-stinky AND they work really well!

  5. Bought one for my boat, and one for home. They really are great!

  6. Candy Ann Williams on Facebook says:

    ‘Gonna’ get me some. 🙂

  7. Susan Ross on Facebook says:

    You are doing a great job of educating us Carolyn!

  8. Kate Bird and Patty D Tate — YOU WON! Congrats! — please send a FB message or an email to carolyn (at) theboatgalley (dot) com with your addresses

  9. Kate Bird and Patty D Tate — YOU WON! Congrats! — please send a FB message or an email to carolyn (at) theboatgalley (dot) com with your addresses

  10. Recently ordered a pair on your recommendation. Love the Scrubr! Thanks for the suggestion.

  11. Clay Greene says:

    They are really good for cleaning dishes but they are truly awesome for cleaning nonskid. A little Spray Nine and one of the Scrubrs makes quick work of that deep dirt that gets caught in the crevices of the nonskid on our Catalina 387. Plus they are super durable so one goes a long way.

  12. Cannot live without those things!

  13. They are also good coffee filters if you run out of or use the paper ones:)

    • Hmm, how’d you figure that one out? I’m guessing there’s a good story in there . . .

    • Wish it was a more exciting story. We were staying at a little hotel next to where our boat was on the hard. We had brought our new dish towels with us and when we realized in the wee hours of the am we had no coffee filters well…let’s just say I’m not pleasant with out it:)

  14. They are available on the Charlie’s Charts website, as well as face cloths. http://Www.charliescharts.com

  15. They are must haves.

  16. They work so well, and last a really long time. So glad to have found them.

  17. I got two of the yellow scrubby dishcloths for our boat and love them! My husband used one to clean some rust out of our cast iron pan and it’s now not looking so fresh. Do you know if you can you throw them in the laundry?

  18. We have these on board. Great product.

  19. Per your recommendation I tried these. Love them so much I got some for the house and my Girl Scout troop’s camping gear!

  20. Can these dish rags be used on acrylic glasses without scratching them up??

    • I use them on mine with no particularly noticeable effects. I try to be gentle but the glasses are only a few months old, so it’s a little hard to say what will happen over the long haul.

  21. I use them both on the boat and at home. Finish dishes, quick rinse and hang up. They dry in minutes and no smell ever!

  22. I love these and use them daily!

  23. Love love love these. Bought them on your advice and use them on the boat, at home and while camping.

  24. I can add, too, how great these are. I actually bought two packages. The first package wasn’t all that great with the threads loose and frayed. But the second package was wonderful. I’ve been using the first cloth from the second package for about 4 months now and when it’s rinsed out, it looks as good as when I first took it out of the package. And, yes, it doesn’t get stinky.

  25. Have two of them and got the original info on them from The Boat Galley!!

  26. Love mine

  27. I want to try these! The link is to the washcloth. Here’s the link to the dish cloths. http://amzn.to/1GE6VY1

  28. I need those for our new boat!!

  29. We bought a couple of these at Christmas. So far they work really well for cleaning things, and come clean pretty easily. Haven’t used it enough yet to judge stinkyness. Another note is that I wouldn’t expect it to dry anything. Never thought to use them in the shower! Will have to try that.

  30. I love this dishcloth. Use them in the shower too. Great product

  31. I love these so much. Ever since I first read about them from you they are the only rag I use in the galley!

  32. Ditto on the love for these. Got them per your advice last year and I can attest to the no stink!

  33. Mine arrived today. How crazy is it that I’m looking forward to doing the dishes??

  34. Have 2, use them, Love them!!!

  35. Been using them and they work great

  36. Once again, Carolyn, your finds are the best!! I am a new liveaboard and my “land life” wasn’t fitting onto the boat- including methods of cleaning. This Lunatec dish cloth is the best ever! I use it in combo with my Cuisipro foam-making soap holder (which has a suction cup on the bottom so I don’t have to store it when we sail!) and the cloth holds the bubbles! I never thought a thin cloth like this would hold soap foam, it’s simply great! Thanks again!!

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