A Dishrag That Doesn’t Get Stinky!

Would you put with the dish rag you’ve been using for the past week over your face and hold it there for a full 60 seconds?

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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44 Comments
  • Waterwoman
    Posted at 12 April 2012 Reply

    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.

    Thanks.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 12 April 2012 Reply

      Always fun when they change a product literally overnight! I edited the link so it says 6-pack.

      Thanks!

      Carolyn

      P.S. A few days ago, I changed the Lock & Lock Salad Bowl link to one with a handle . . .

  • Guy
    Posted at 12 April 2012 Reply

    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!

    Guy

  • Laura Zechin on Facebook
    Posted at 10 July 2012 Reply

    Can it be true? I hate stinky rags!

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 10 July 2012 Reply

    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!

  • Joy Harrison Canova on Facebook
    Posted at 10 July 2012 Reply

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

  • Candy Ann Williams on Facebook
    Posted at 10 July 2012 Reply

    ‘Gonna’ get me some. 🙂

  • Susan Ross on Facebook
    Posted at 10 July 2012 Reply

    You are doing a great job of educating us Carolyn!

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 11 July 2012 Reply

    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

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 11 July 2012 Reply

    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

  • Brian
    Posted at 05 March 2013 Reply

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

  • Clay Greene
    Posted at 07 November 2013 Reply

    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.

  • Andrea Dollins
    Posted at 01 May 2014 Reply

    Cannot live without those things!

  • Shelley Beauchamp
    Posted at 01 May 2014 Reply

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

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 01 May 2014 Reply

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

    • Shelley Beauchamp
      Posted at 01 May 2014 Reply

      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:)

  • Holly Scott
    Posted at 02 May 2014 Reply

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

  • Hilary Helkenn
    Posted at 02 May 2014 Reply

    They are must haves.

  • Suzie Mendenhall
    Posted at 02 May 2014 Reply

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

  • Katy HK
    Posted at 21 October 2014 Reply

    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?

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 21 October 2014 Reply

      Yep — I do it whenever it seems like they need it. Any temp water is okay.

  • Cruisingrunner
    Posted at 12 November 2014 Reply

    We have these on board. Great product.

  • Diana K Weigel
    Posted at 13 November 2014 Reply

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

  • Cathie
    Posted at 11 August 2015 Reply

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

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 11 August 2015 Reply

      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.

  • William Kelly
    Posted at 26 October 2015 Reply

    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!

  • LaDonna Thomas
    Posted at 26 October 2015 Reply

    I love these and use them daily!

  • Diana K Weigel
    Posted at 26 October 2015 Reply

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

  • Carol Hardin
    Posted at 26 October 2015 Reply

    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.

  • Barbara Spellman
    Posted at 26 October 2015 Reply

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

  • Iron Mary Rackham
    Posted at 26 October 2015 Reply

    Love mine

  • Yvonne Green Short
    Posted at 26 October 2015 Reply

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

  • MJ Sailing
    Posted at 26 October 2015 Reply

    I need those for our new boat!!

  • Gimme Shelter
    Posted at 01 March 2016 Reply

    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.

  • Patty D Tate
    Posted at 01 March 2016 Reply

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

  • Sailing Chance
    Posted at 02 March 2016 Reply

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

  • Diana K Weigel
    Posted at 02 March 2016 Reply

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

  • Susan Geelmuyden
    Posted at 02 March 2016 Reply

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

  • Tony Gariepy
    Posted at 02 March 2016 Reply

    Have 2, use them, Love them!!!

  • Jim Allen
    Posted at 04 March 2016 Reply

    Been using them and they work great

  • Michelle
    Posted at 07 November 2016 Reply

    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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