As you may have gathered from my post last week where I tried out eco-friendly cookware line 360, I’m not the biggest whiz in the kitchen although I do try and I’m constantly on the lookout for products that help make my culinary endeavors (particularly cleanup) all the more eco-friendly. 

Here’s something intriguing I just spotted on the always fantastic, Design Milk: Spaghetti Scrubs, noodle-y kitchen cleaning scrubs from Goodbye Detergent! that are made in Japan from natural abrasives like recycled peach pits and corn cobs. Because of the powerful abrasive action of these reusable eco-scrubbers — the yellow, corn cob version is for “coarse” jobs and the pink, peach pit version is for “gentle” jobs — very little or zero detergent/soap is required … just a bit of water. Added bonus: they’re long-lasting — with regular use they’ll stick around for 3 to 6 months — and don’t rust or mold. The corn cob Spaghetti can even peel the skin off of veggies.

Designed by Japanese industrial designer Hiroki Hayashi, one eco-caveat with Spaghetti Scrubs is that they aren’t biodegradable because they contain polyester or nylon. On the upside, they’re packaged in recycled and recyclable boxes.


I dig the unique shape of Spaghetti Scrubs although I think the peach pit one vaguely resembles a wad of raw ground beef. Ack. If you’re after something a bit more conventionally shaped, Goodbye Detergent! makes a line of Kitchen Cleaning Pads made from recycled plastic, natural alumina, pumice stones, and walnut shells. For garden and patio tasks, there’s also Outdoor Scouring Pads made from natural magnesia, natural alumina, and walnut shells. Like the Spaghetti Scubs, little or no soap/detergent is needed when using the Kitchen Cleaning Pads and Outdoor Scouring Pads. You can find Goodbye Detergent! cleaning products at numerous retailers like Crate & Barrel where the Spaghetti Scrubs retail for $8.95 for a box of two. 

Although I haven't tried out Spaghetti Scrubs myself (yet) want to know the one thing thing that really sold me on them? This mock-telenovela starring the incomparable, 3' 10" firecracker, Selene Luna. Beware that the video contains a few choice words and gratuitous Ajax shots. Enjoy. 

Via [Design Milk]


Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.