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I have been using these soap pads for years. There is nothing remarkable about them at all - other than the fact that they are things I keep in my cleaning arsenal when all the wipes, sprays have failed and I probably shouldn't use bleach. So simple little wire pads full of soap and yet they can be used time and time again to clean up a multitude of stains. When the dirtiest job needs something more, reach for the Brillo pad and see how it makes quick work of the greasiest, grimiest job from cleaning white training shoes, to sprucing up the barbeque. They are great inside ovens and I have lost count of the time that the kids have in the past left pans on that have burnt residue on the bottom. A quick go over with the Brillo pad and the pan is gleaming again. They also work well on stained sinks - but be careful to check first as they do work by an abrasive action an it is all very well and good being clean if you have your surfaces left with small scratches instead. Another thing they are excellent for is setting my teeth on edge, I really dislike the feel of them when they are wet, so I would recommend anyone of a sensitive disposition to wear gloves when handling them. However chances are you will be using you Brillo pad on a grotty job and might prefer to wear gloves to complete it anyway. Try them on old cups to really lift tea stains.
Sometimes you have to forget all about finesse and find a product that just gets on with the job. For cleaning up grotty messes that given the choice, you'd rather not have to do, that product could well be Brillo Pads. Yes, they have been around for years and I can well remember as a child, using them to clean up muddy styrrup irons after horse riding in the winter.
Those little metal wire squares containing pink soap are tough when it comes to scraping away years of filth. I have an old art desk which had retired to the garden shed complete with lashings of acrylic paint still attached firmly to the top. With a bit of elbow grease and about four Brillo Pads, the desk looked as good as new.
To use them you have to rinse them quickly with water which activates the soap and once you get going, the neat square shape soon disappears into a more graspable wad of wire fuzz. The squares get less effective with use and you might need more than one to tackle a really grotty job.
The only things I'm not keen on about Brillo Pads is the distinctive smell which puts me in mind of those living museums with scenes from bygone days, and the way they seem to dry out your hands but I guess that's my own fault as I'm not a fan of rubber gloves which would solve that particular issue. For an all-in-one simple way to tackle that big scrubbing job, you can't go far wrong with these old fashioned favourites.
When it comes to household cleaning products there are so many different ones available these days that it's often difficult to know what to choose but Brillo Pads are a product my mother always used (and still does) and keeping with tradition I have always used them to.
Brillo Pads are small rectangular pads that are made of fine metal mesh and they contain a pink coloured cleaning product, which when mixed with water produces a pink coloured lather. As a kid I remember scrubbing the oven racks as part of my chores and I never really like the feel of these, but I have to admit they seemed to make the blackened metal racks gleam silver again. I think part of my dislike for these things was probably a combination of having to do chores I didn't want to do and the fact that they are very messy to use. So whilst my mother's oven racks might have been left sparkling my hands were a sludgy brownish, pinky mess. Having said that the mess always washed off quickly, but they left my hands feeling dry.
I recently decided to give my own oven a thorough clean and I never considered using anything other than Brillo pads for this task. I know that there are so called miracle sprays that you supposedly just spray, leave and wipe but I get the impression these must contain pretty harsh chemicals to be so effective. Brillo pads are not miracle pads so you do you need to be prepared to use a good deal of physical effort. The advantages of these pads are however that they are much cheaper than the so-called miracle products out there. You can pick up a box of 10 pads for about £1.50 so that's just 15p each and a couple of pads is always enough to entirely clean my oven.
I'd recommend that you consider wearing gloves when using these pads, but I'm afraid that I don't practice what I preach (it's probably a man thing). I also suggest that you only quickly dip the end of the pad into water to begin with rather than submerging it entirely, as the latter will simply leave you with a big squishy mess. It's deceptive how much froth and lather just a tiny amount of water produces. I always keep dipping my pad into a bowl of hot water that contains plenty of washing up liquid as this helps to disperse the grease.
I'd recommend Brillo pads for many tasks but because the wire wool is quite abrasive you have to take care not to scratch pans and I'd never use them on my best stainless steel pans. They are however ideal for cleaning the rack and sides of my oven (my oven has removable sides) and also cleaning my barbecue.
When we moved into our home over 4 years ago the person who lived there before us had installed a new kitchen, including oven and hob, approximately 4 years previous, it is a lovely kitchen and we were pleased that it was relatively new and we wouldn't have to find the money to replace it, however the oven was in need of a real good clean particularly the glass door. I spotted this when we looked around the house the first time and hoped the people selling would clean it before we moved in. They didn't! Now I don't mind living with a bit of my own dirt but I'm not going to live someone else's so cleaning that oven door was high on my list.
Over the past 4 years both my husband and myself have tried everything to get this clean without success, nothing would shift it, I thought I had tried everything suitable on the market until I read a review on here for Brillo Pads ( thank you Pinklady1) which was one thing we hadn't tried. I added them straight to my shopping list.
Brillo Pads are sold in a clear plastic tub with a foil lid, the lid is silver and has the Brillo logo on the front, it also informs the customer that there are 10 multi use soap pads in the packet. . I was surprised that the packaging didn't give any directions for use.
Brillo Pads are as the name suggests little cleaning pads made from fine steel wool infused with a cleaning agent, this can be seen in the pad as its bright pink. Each Brillo Pad measures approximately 5 x 7cm's and there are 10 in the pack.
How To Use
To use the Brillo Pads is easy you simply dip them in clean water and this will make the cleaning agent foam. I personally would recommend wearing rubber gloves while using these as the steel wool is quite harsh on the skin.
Price and Availability
I bought my Brillo Pads from my local Tesco where a pack of 10 costs £1.50 , however they can be bought in most major supermarkets and my local Poundworld also sells them as well as Amazon UK. Supermarket prices don't vary much wherever you buy them they are all the same apart from Asda which are slightly cheaper.
Since I have had my Brillo Pads I have been really impressed with them, my glass oven door is now clean, no more baked on grease its all gone. It took a lot of elbow grease and a couple of goes but the Brillo Pad removed it all. One pad provides plenty of soap, or what ever cleaning product is them, to do a good amount of cleaning.
I have also used these on my shelves / racks in my oven and once again they came up brilliantly, anther thing I use these for are Pyrex dishes, one in particular I have which originally belonged to my Nana had a few old well backed on marks on the outside of it, I used a Brillo Pad on this and now they are gone.
I have also used them to clean the little gas jets on my hob, these can get really dirty and difficult to clean.
You do need to be careful what you use them on as the steel wool could scratch and cause damage over time so cleaning your stainless steel sink would probably not be a good idea.
The packaging says these cleaning pads can be used all around the house and garden however I have just stuck to using mine for in the kitchen.
If you have tough baked on grease on your oven or cookware then I would certainly recommend these, just be careful what you use them on.
I have been buying Brillo pads for many years, I find they are a good buy and do the job nicely for cleaning around my home. A worth while buy in my opinion.
They come inside a container which is plastic and has a pull back strip, the pads are a good size and are coated in a pink powder. They have a slight kind of fragrance to them but not a smell which is very strong and just a very mild scent, which is hardly noticeable. The pads are a fine wire wool and are a solid pad until they are wet, then they become much softer.
They are very easy to use by just dipping them into hot water but not soaking them. They soap up and soften as they are being used. I always wear rubber gloves when I use these pads because the wire wool parts from the pad after a while when using them and the wire can easily cut into the skin and so it is always wise to take precautions etc.
I use them to clean my pans to just give them a good clean if they are looking a little tired. I have some stainless steel pans which are good saucepans and a Anthony Worral Thompson range, I have had them for a number of years and they are still going strong and scrub up really well using these pads to clean them. I only dip the pads into hot water and very gently rub the inner base of the pans, so not to scratch them. I have used the pads to also clean the outer base where they do become a little more dirty from sitting on the heat on my hob. They clean them really nicely and the pads remove any stubborn marks because the pads are quite abrasive. I let the pads do the hard work and the soap and wire wool just clean the pans well without having to use too much effort with scrubbing them with a cream cleaner. The pads tend to remove the marks much better than a cream cleaning product.
I also use these on my racks inside my oven, I take really good care not to scratch them and I usually soak them in a solution of hot soapy water before I use the pads. The hot water just tends to soften any food which may be on the racks and it make it easier to remove the more stubborn marks using these pads and it then takes less time to clean them.
They soap up really well and I just keep rinsing the pans and then continue to use the pads until all the marks are completely removed. I sometimes use 2 pads depending how bad the marks are and if I have burned a pan or not lol, if I have burned one, 2 pads are well, is just wire wool and not a pad at all and just wire. 2 pads is well enough to clean them. The first pad after a while becomes less soapy and unmanageable and needs to be throw in the bin. The soap rinses well from the pans or racks too in no time.
Very good for also removing grease, the soap dissolves the grease really well. I wouldn't recommend using these on non stick pans because they may be too abrasive and ruin the pans and I wouldn't recommend using them to clean inside a microwave oven as they may scratch the surface. But are ideal for cleaning inside an oven used with care and a very gentle rub on the surface. Just trial and error really, if you want to clean a surface which you are unsure may be damaged using these pads, just very gently test the area first if unsure and see how they clean. If in doubt, I would recommend not using them at all just to be safe, or use them on a different surface which is older. I wouldn't recommend using them on glass surfaces. I have used them to clean my glass oven door and the pads haven't ruined it but I do rub very gently and I don't go mad with the pad. I allow the pad to do the work and clean it a little at a time and wipe the surface I have cleaned with a damp cloth to see if the glass isn't scratched etc. But I think if you clean the door regular and don't let the grease or marks build up, these pads can clean the glass well and you won't hardly even need to rub too hard at all in my opinion.
After cleaning with them and they have dried, the surface of the pans and racks have a really nice shine to them. These pads are amazing for cleaning and the way they help give a good shine to pans etc. If used from the beginning when pans are dirty, they help keep the pans in a good condition and like new. I have some really old pans which have seen better days but ones I have had since I got married almost 35 years ago and I cannot part with them, these pads help clean them and although they don't scrub up so well as my other pans because they are not such a good stainless steel as my Anthony ones, they do still look amazingly clean and shiny and I am very proud to still have them. These pads have cleaned them to a standard I am happy to continue to keep them in my cupboard.
They are ideal for cleaning BBQ racks, any stainless steel around the home and used with care and a gentle rub they clean them nicely in my opinion.
There are 10 pads in the container and are priced at around £1.50, a good price in my opinion for this amount of pads in the container, good value for money and worth it. The quality is excellent too. I think they are so affordable for the work they actually do for cleaning.
I will always buy these pads because I couldn't live without them, I am always happy with the results I achieve using them and the pads do all of the hard work for removing stubborn food and marks from pans etc. Tired pans and racks scrub up amazingly well using these pads and a worthwhile purchase in my opinion.
I highly do recommend these pads if you haven't bought them before or you are have just moved out of your parent home and into the outside world and have been given some pans from relatives and the pans are a little tired. The pads could save you a lot of money cleaning the pans until you can buy some new ones when you settle down into your home and have a little more spare cash etc.
Always use rubber gloves to protect the skin because the wire wool will cut the skin and cause problems because the fibres are quite fine and once in the skin, they can hurt.
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I give these pads 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Brillo pads are intended to make scrubbing much easier. But does it?
They come in a plastic box with like a foil wrapper on the top. All you have to do to open it is just rip the lid back. I think the shinyness of the foil is supposed to represent an amazing clean? They come in packs of 5 or 10.
What they look like....
When you take them out of the packaging they are just, square, hard, pink and grey pads.
How to use.....
You just wet the soap pad in some warm water and use from there. These foil pads also have a dried pink powder substance on them, don't worry it's only soap. When you are using the pads be prepared for the water t turn pink.
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For as long I can remember my household has always had brillo pads, I use them for cleaning the cooker out as well as the greasy tray after cooking a Sunday dinner. They do deliver what they promise. You don't have to scrub half as much, but before I use them I spray bleach, this makes the grease and hard stuff come off far easier.
You can get these everywhere, from supermarkets to hardware stores. I know you can get the pack of 5s in the poundshop.
Anything from a pound up!
The get the hard stuff off without giving you an aching arm and wrist.
They are cheap you can get them from about a pound.
It does not hurt, but when them tiny little metal wires get stuck in the skin, it's really uncomfortable and I don't like it. It does not bleed or anything, just strange.
I know I should expect it from metal but they don't half rust quick, and everywhere.
A fantastic product that I think every kitchen should have, they say diamonds are a girls best friend, but I doubt they are when your scrubbing pots for an hour, I would do anything for a Brillo pad.
Would I recommend?
Without a doubt,they don't magically get your items clean but they do make it easier.
===Why I Got This===
Being the woman of the house I am responsible for buying all our cleaning supplies - as although my son and husband will sometimes use them, I am the one who does the purchasing.
I am not overly fond of cleaning and use mostly the sponge scourers which have one rough and one sponge side - but sometimes you need something a little stronger and that is why I purchased Brillo Pads.
Brillo is the trading name for metal scouring pads made from steel wool and containing pink soap. The pads were patented in 1913 and later they were combined with the soap as we know them today. Made by S.C.Johnson - 'a family company'.
Transparent plastic carton containing 10 (or 5) square metal scouring pads - multi purpose.
The top is covered with a plasticised foil cover.
'Cleans to a brilliant shine.'
Image of Mr Muscle 'soap pads'.
Warning to avoid prolonged contact with skin and to wash and dry your hands after use.
Made in the EU.
Contents: 55 non-ionic surfactants, 11-30% soap . Also contains Benzisothiazolinone.
£1.50 for a box of 10 at Tesco.
I must admit that not being too well and energetic I try and do as little cleaning as I can safely get away with. Washing up of course needs doing on a daily basis and other jobs such as cleaning the cooker get done as as when I have to.
I have an old electric cooker which has seen better days. Cooking in our house is done student fashion - that is son cooks for himself as does my husband (who eats meat) and I just cook for myself. Now I can say I hardly ever get the cooker dirty - but the others are a different matter - making curries and stir-frys and leaving the cooker looking quite disgraceful.
Not feeling up to doing the cooker as and when it gets dirty - I then have a dried on set mess to contend with.
Previously I would buy the Tesco Everyday Value Soap Filled Pads when I ordered online but lately they are not available so I 'upgraded' to the original Brillo Pads.
I must say these pads keep their shape much better than the cheaper ones and do not go rusty and disintigrate as the others would do. However I was not unduly unhappy with the cheaper pads but find the Brillo Pads clean my messy cooker well.
I have loose metal rings on my cooker which I put in to soak while I use the dampened Brillo Pads to wipe over the top of the cooker. Then I use the pads to clean around the metal rings and afterwards wipe the whole lot down with a clean sponge pad soaked in clean water - if you do not clean most of the suds away you get a horrid smell when you start to use the cooker rings.
I am not very adventurous when using these pads and it is really only the cooker that I use them on.
The packaging has very limited information on it and I think it would be good if we were given more details of jobs these could be used for.
I only need to use one at a time and can dry them out and put them back in the tub they come in so they can last a week or two each. I always use rubber gloves when using these pads just to be on the safe side and not get scratched hands.
Every knows the name Brillo and I'm sure my mother also used to use them. S.C.Johnson state on t heir website 'that these pads can be used all around the house, in the garden or the garage for those tough jobs where other cleaners are ineffective'.
I did try them out gently on an old polished table that hubby had been putting greasy things on and I was very gentle so as only to take off the dirty layer - it worked well and I rinsed it immediately - but I would not really advice this and I a sure you should check any surface before using in case it causes damage.
Personally, although they cleaned my cooker top and front - cutting through the grease, they were not quite as abrasive as I had imagined which is why I have only given them 4 stars. Not having any of the Tesco Everyday ones for a proper comparison but to my mind, although not so well made the cheaper pads did tend to cut through the greasy marks better.
===Would I Recommend?===
I find Brillo pads are quite handy little pads for cleaning and they have been around for a long time. They don't cost very much and are worth the money.
The pads come housed in a carton container, the Brillo name is printed on the front in bright colours so you know the packaging on shelves. The pads are a fine wire wool which is coated in a pink soap powder which is like a kind of dusting but attached to the wire wool. They have a soap kind of smell to them and a slight perfume smell. A very nice smell.
These are very easy to use by just dampening the pads and then gently rubbing where you are wanting to clean using these pads. I use the pads to clean my grill base and inside my oven where food has dropped onto the bottom, the pads foam into a kind of soapy pad and both the powder and steel cut into grease really well indeed and remove it from the bottom of my oven. I sometimes have dried on food which will not completely dissolve and need a little extra elbow grease and these pads work into the grease and remove it, just a wipe with a damp cloth is needed after the food is rubbed away.
I use these on my bike wheels to clean and brighten them and keep them looking nice and shiny. I go cycling quite a lot with my family and grandchildren and I do take care of my bike for these occasions and these pads just clean away any stubborn rusty marks from the wheels.
I use them on tiles, cooker top, sink and taps but I don't scrub too hard because it isn't necessary and it would scratch the surfaces, just a simple rub around the area is all that is required. They do create a foam while cleaning with them but it is very easy to still clean the areas. Good for cleaning pans and dishes where burned on food is on the bottom of the pans and it needs a little help to dissolve, these pads remove the food really well with a gently scrub. They are like a scourer but have wire wool which is a little stronger texture to tackle burned on food.
It is very easy to also rinse the soap from the surfaces with a little water and it leaves them nice and clean, shiny and grease free.
I will always buy these pads because they clean well indeed around the home and they are very good for cleaning a BBQ rack and the grill rack and the wire wool gets into all those nooks and crevices.
There are 10 pads in the container and they cost only £1.20, they are good value for money and really good quality and easy to hold in the hands. I would advise wearing rubber gloves, although I don't wear them I think the wire bits would maybe attach to the skin if you have sensitive skin, so care would be advised.
I rate these 5 stars.
Although I usually just use a normal sponge/scourer combo to wash my dishes, sometimes there is a need for something a little stronger. I have a gas cooker and after repeated use the sides of my pans start to take on a brown tinge where they have been in contact with the flame. This makes the pans look quite shabby and so every couple of weeks I will reach for my stock of Brillo pads to restore them back to their usual selves. Brillo pads have been around for as long as I can remember. My mum used these whilst I was growing up and still does, so it was inevitable that when I moved out, I would do the same.
The pads come housed in a plastic container covered with a foil lid. Each container holds 10 soap pads that also contain Mr Muscle on them. The manufacturers claim that these clean to a brilliant shine and they're not wrong! The pads themselves are silver in colour and made from very fine metal wire, which is in fact steel wool. This is covered in pink powdery substance which I presume is the soap. To be honest they look a little dishevelled, but don't let that put you off! Each pad is square shaped and measures about 5x5 cm, so fits nicely into my hands.
As I explained earlier I use Brillo pads quite often to spruce up my pans that have become discoloured. I also use these to wash away dried, burnt food, once the pan or dish has been soaked for a while. To use I simply run the pad under some warm water and then rub the affected area. The fact that the pad is made from very fine wires means that it is quite 'scratchy', which is ideal for removing difficult stains or discolouration. Once I start to rub this dorms a decent, pink coloured lather which together with the abrasiveness lifts away stains or burnt food with ease and without the need for too much elbow grease, leaving my pans and dishes sparkling and looking like new again. When being used it has a slightly strange, soapy metallic smell. It's not what I would call pleasant but it's not awful either.
Given their abrasive nature they can cause some surface scratching of metal pans so I would be reluctant to use these on non-stick items as chances are it would damage the special coating. Once all the food is removed I give the item being washed a good rinse with water and then a quick second rinse with normal washing up liquid to get rid of the metallic smell. When using these I also ensure I wear rubber gloves to protect the skin on my hands, both from the soap and from the abrasiveness.
I only get 3-4 uses out of each Brillo pad as once you get it wet it starts to soften and disintegrate. I paid around £1.40 for a box of 10 and in my opinion this is good value, despite only getting a couple of uses out of each pad.
Overall I am really pleased with these pads and can see myself using these for a number of years to come. Recommended.
Housework is shared out quite evenly in our household despite me working less hours than my husband. This is always appreciated of course and so I try to buy products that are going to make our lives easier when it does come to chores. Washing up is something that comes up so often in our home it is just ridiculous. Some days we will need to wash up two or three times. Perhaps I should have more baking trays, glass dishes, cutlery and plates so we would need to wash up less but then I figure that we would have more dirty items sitting around waiting that way!
I like to use quality washing up products such as strong sponges, Fairy washing up liquid, sometimes a soaking spray and these Brillo pads for tough jobs. I also use cheaper sponges and will sometimes try a cheaper brand of washing up liquid for the standard day to day plate and cutlery washing. I don't want a job to take any longer than it needs to but I am very very fussy about washing up standards and so I like to use good products to make sure that when I get a glass out or use a glass dish it is as clean as it can be and I do not face any embarrassment in front of guests.
Brillo Pads are an item that I have used on and off for a number of years now. My most recent packet of 10 was purchased from Asda for £1.20. This makes each Brillo pad just 12p and I think that this represents fantastic value for money when compared to the results that using one will yield.
These Brillo pads come in a plastic tub and they are sealed in with a film top. I tend to cut my top open with a knife as I am impatient and I do not want to risk breaking any of my fingernails either. The packaging is quite basic and doesn't actually tell you too much about this product or how to use it.
Brillo pads are steel wool square shaped pads that contain a pink coloured soap within. Using a Brillo pad is very simple and you just rub it across the surface you want to clean once you have got a pad and the item to be cleaned wet and then the pad will begin to soap up. The steel wool will help to clean off dirt and residue from items and the soap will obviously help to clean items too. Particular items that I use these on are some cheap baking trays I have, the grill tray from my oven and some glass dishes that I use for cooking messy items such as lasagne or pasta bake.
When using these steel wool pads I have been very pleased with the results. They clean off dried on dirt and residue easily and they do not scratch my baking trays or glass dishes at all. They leave behind a film sometimes from the soap but I tend to use these pads for stubborn stains and then give them a rinse using Fairy just so I know that they are clean and fresh smelling.
I always wear rubber gloves when washing up so these Brillo pads do not have an adverse affect on my skin, however I would definitely recommend you wear rubber gloves as they can be quite coarse and may scratch or damage your skin. Of course the soap may make your skin irritated too but I use rubber gloves regardless of what products I am currently using to wash up.
Overall I would say that I am very pleased with these. They clean well without damaging surfaces, the soap lathers quite well and the only downside is the scent of these which can be a little off putting. I am more than willing to overlook that though for a product that is good quality and cleans my oven dishes nicely.
As long as I have had my own place I have brought Brillo pads, they are a fantastically versatile cleaning product. The Brillo pads come in a plastic tub that has been sealed with a silvery plastic lid, on the lid it says "Cleans to a brilliant shine" and has the contact information for S C Johnson who makes the Brillo pads. There is also a warning to avoid prolonged contact with this product and to wash hands after use.
There are five Brillo pads in the tub I purchased and it cost me £1.50 from my local shop. If I was given a chicken every time my local shop sold me products at a highly marked up price I would have enough chickens to run a free range chicken farm, but any way I digress. They can be brought cheaper from supermarkets and pound stores and also come in packs of ten.
Each Brillo pad looks like Shredded Wheat made of wire wool and is impregnated with some pink coloured stuff that I can only assume is a cleaning agent as the Brillo pads foam up massively when used with water. The Brillo pads smell quite metallic and caustic but it is not a bad smell.
I advise using rubber gloves when cleaning with a Brillo pads, as I have occasionally suffered from small bits of the wire wool becoming embedded in my finger tips and this is not a nice experience as they need picking back out or they can become inflamed and go sceptic.
To use a Brillo pad first decide what needs cleaning, in my case most recently it was the Stainless Steel shower curtain rail in my bathroom, don a pair of fetching rubber gloves, to prevent those nasty aforementioned wire wool splinters, wet the Brillo pad thoroughly, giving it a few good squeezes to agitate the pink cleaning agent and then start cleaning. The Brillo pad soon made very short work of the surface rust that had appeared on my shower curtain rail. I rubbed the pole up and down quite vigorously ensuring I did not miss a single bit, I did this over the bath as the pink foam does tend to fly everywhere and there is plenty of it. The pole is about six foot long and I only needed one Brillo pad to clean the whole thing, the Brillo pad was quite worn out after this and only good for the dust bin.
When I chose to clean my shower curtain rail with a Brillo pad it was a bit of a kill or cure situation as the rail was very unsightly and I was going to throw it away so I thought that if the Brillo pad scratched the stainless steel rail then I had lost nothing apart from twenty minutes of my time. I was very happy when I rinsed the pink foam away to reveal a lovely shiny pole that looked as good as new, I dried the pole off and got the Hubster to reinstate it above the bath.
I do use Brillo pads to clean my steel kitchen sink and the metal bars of my oven shelves and they always come up shiny and new. I would not recommend Brillo pads to clean anything that you are worried about scratching as they are soap filled wire wool. I would not use them for cleaning plastics, enamels or the ceramic top of my hob. I have used Brillo pads for 17 years and I have never noticed them scratching the surfaces of what I have cleaned but it is always best to be careful with items you care about.
You can save a Brillo pad after you have used it if you think there is some life left in it but there is always the chance that it will go rusty and leave a nasty rust stain on your sink or cleaning cupboard shelf.
(While researching Brillo pads I discovered a very similar looking American product that is not vegan friendly as the soap used in them is made from natural beef tallow. I have e-mailed S C Johnson to confirm this and also to ask whether Brillo pads can be recycled, I hope to hear back from them soon and will update my review appropriately)
I recieved an answer to my questions and I quote "The vast majority of the ingredients are not animal based, however one ingredient of the Brillo pads is sourced from several suppliers and we cannot guarantee it to be vegan friendly. In regards to recycling, the pads are made of metal, so if all the soap is gone the product is recyclable"
I always have a pack of these in my cleaning cupboard ready for use and if I owned a monkey I would definitely recommend them to him but as I do not I recommend them to you.
Thank you for reading XX
As with most people I am not a great lover of housework and one of my least favourite jobs is cleaning the oven. I use a spray on the base of the oven, on the grill pan and on the metal shelves. This removes a lot of the marks but the metal shelves usually need a bit of extra help.
Enter the little miracle that is the Brillo Pad.
Brillo Pad is the trade name for a scouring pad made by S C Johnson (a family company!) and used for cleaning metal. It is made from steel wool which has been impregnated with soap. The concept was actually patented in 1913 so they have been around for a long time - they're even older than I am!
Brillo Pads are available in packs of five or ten and they currently cost £1.20 for ten in Tesco's so that's just 12p per pad.
The packaging is basic but perfect for purpose. The pads come in a clear plastic tub similar to the plastic punnets that contain soft fruit on the summer supermarket shelves. The tub is sealed by a silver coloured peel off lid. The reason I say that it is perfect for purpose is the fact that, once the Brillo Pad has been used - assuming that it is worth saving for another time, it can be popped back into the plastic tub. If the pads came in a cardboard box this would get damp and disintegrate if the damp Brillo Pads were put back after use.
The Brillo Pads are grey in colour and look like little square cushions with pink soap showing through amongst the strands of grey wire wool.
In order to use a Brillo Pad you just have to wet it to activate the soap and then rub it across the dirty metal that you wish to clean. The pads are pliable and it is easy to manoeuvre them around the individual metal rods on the metal cooker shelves.
The cleaning effect of the combination of wire wool and soap is extremely good. With not too much elbow grease (I like that bit!) the shelves end up sparkling clean. It even works on the bar b que shelf and that gets VERY marked and, of course, the marks are burnt on. A Brillo Pad gets it clean every time!
The only problem with these pads is the fact that the cleaning process leaves behind a thick pink, gooey, soapy mess although, to be fair, it does rinse off very easily. I do find that my hands get very dirty and it would probably be better if I wore rubber gloves but I am afraid that I hate the things so I end up pretty filthy when I have finished with my Brillo Pad. Still a good wash with some decent soap followed by a helping of hand cream sorts this problem out without much difficulty.
As the pads are made from wire wool they can be a bit scratchy and can irritate the skin if you are sensitive in that way so it is worth being aware of that fact before you decide whether to use these. I have to say that I have never had any problems in this respect - maybe I'm just hard skinned!
This is one of those products that hasn't really changed since it was first patented all those years ago which presumably shows that they got it right first time! After all - if it ain't broke don't fix it!
I don't have to use Brillo Pads very often but I always have a supply in the cupboard as they do the job brilliantly and I would definitely recommend them to anyone for cleaning those oven shelves!
Although I love having a nice clean and tidy home I am not a fan of cleaning and do not enjoy it one bit. This is especially true when it comes to cleaning things like the oven and hob, I find it hard work and tedious. But if you are armed with a good cleaning product it can make a big difference and one cleaning product that I always keep in is brillo pads! To me they are one of the best things ever for removing stubborn burnt on food from baking trays and the oven. My dad swears by these little soap filled pillows of steel wool and I do too.
Brillo pads are made by S C Johnson and come in a packet of 5 or 10 and can currently be purchased from Tesco for £1.20 for a pack of 10.
The brillo pads come in quite basic packaging comprising of a clear plastic tub covered with a sliver plastic film top. There is very limited information on the packet and it does not even give instructions for use. My only thinking behind this is that the brillo pads have been around for so long that it is taken for granted that people know how to use them.
The brillo pads look like little pillows and have a pink colour to them which is the soap contained inside. To use the brillo pads you simple wet them and then rub the pad over a surface which scrubs it and removes any marks and stains. As you use the pads the soap inside foams up, the cleaning action from the steel wool combined with the soap is pretty powerful. I find these pads most effective on my metal oven shelves as they remove any stains and burnt on food and bring them back to sparkling sliver again.
Now the pads can make a fair bit of mess as they leave a bit of a gritty soapy residue on the surface you are cleaning but this is easily removed when rinsing with water. One thing that has always amazed me with these pads is that they remove the grime without scratching the surface they are cleaning.
You do need to be careful with your hands when using these pads and I would reccommend wearing rubber gloves. As the pads are made from steel wool there can be sharp ends and I have sustainsed very small cuts before when using them. The soap also contains chemicals which may irritate your skin so it is advised to wash your hands after if you are not using gloves.
Overall I think these little pink steel pillows are just fantastic, they are unique and clean brilliantly and most importantly make cleaning my oven much less of a chore!
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After I got completely fed up scrubbing the barbecue racks with a scourer, a bowl of hot water and some flash kitchen (I chose it because it was anti-grease) I decided to try something a lot easier and that did'nt make my hands red raw. I comteplated steel wool scourers and some flash lemon, but I seriously couldnt be bothered scrubbing all that time and making my hands ache, so, on my recent trip to Home Bargains, I found Brillo pads...
I remember my mum using Brillo pads to clean the oven when I was young, and she always got good results, and that was my earliest memory of Brillo pads.
After I brought these, I used them to clean the oven because todays weather was horrible! On and off rain all day! How horrific!
Cleaning the oven with Brillo pads was extremely easy compared to before. These pads hold so much soap that it had enough to clean the oven and shelves and their was still more in it! Thats what I call lots of soap!
The texture of these pads are quite rough in use but they are very sticky when you take one out of the packet because their is lots of soap in it!
These Brillo pads have so many uses, rather than the oven or barbecue, like burnt on food on pots and pans etc.
These are worth the price and great for any places where other cleaners (like Mr Muscle or Flash) are ineffective.
Wellv worth a go!
Thanks for reading my review and happy cleaning!
We have used Brillo Pads in house for ages and I am sure I can remember my mother using these too when I was little. We buy ours from Asda - you get ten pads of soap in a tear off top boxette for about £1.25. Sometimes you can pick these up from Poundland if you are lucky. They are not to be confused with the cheaper imitation alternatives, there is no comparison, really in my personal opinion.
As I say, you get ten of these steel wool pads is a pack and you can see thery are grey and a slight pink in colour. The idea is that you apply water and then start to clean your hard dried on food from your pans.
There is no need to scrub too hard as they are pretty strong and they are also long lasting and we can reuse ours over and over again until eventually the pad will go flat and lose its ability to work then you have to chuck it out - regrettably.
They soap up well and work well at removing the baked on food. Probably the only downside to these is that they are very rough on your hands and skin and you have to be careful, or at least I do, that I don't use one for too long as they leave a strange residue on my hands and can end up making them feeling rough and coarse - best to use protective gloves when using them in my view.
They are cheap and easy to find and nothing is better than the real McCoy although I have used some shops own brands and they compare well, but nothing will beat Brillo.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead.
Brillo Soap Pads combine fine steel wool with a powerful pink soap to give effective cleaning power / These pads can be used all around the house, in the garden or the garage for those tough jobs where other cleaners are ineffective.