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Spontex Tough Scourers aren't for everyday gentle cleaning- these things mean business. I don't normally have them in my arsenal but seeing a pack for less than a pound in a discount store I thought I'd try them. Tesco have the 4 pack on sale at the moment for 85p half price.
The scourers are made from 90% recycled steel, these are a long tightly curled metal 'strip' rounded into palm sized balls. The packet is different from the above picture that looks like cardboard backing; they now come bagged- still blue and easy to recognise though. The pack tells us that these are 'Tough Scourers' 'maximum power' and are 'recommended by Pyrex'. These aren't to be used on delicate surfaces. These are rust free and that's true, what's not so true is the fact they rinse bits out easily.
Being highly abrasive we're told to wear gloves when using them but I don't always...........that's not to say they're safe to use with bare hands but I just wanted to point out that they're not too harsh as to rub your skin off and that there's no metal file bits left in my hands after using; infact they're quite soft and springy.
I use these scourers on burnt stainless steel pans, obviously they can't be used on non stick and the like. They do a grand job when used with a bit of washing up liquid, black stuck fast food doesn't just wipe off with these things but combined with elbow grease it does eventually come off.
Where I find the scourers to be most effective is on dried on grease and fat- especially the welded on grease that sticks to the kitchen tiles. I was amazed at how the scourer just lifted it off. The tiles weren't compromised, the glaze nor colour are damaged.
I don't really chance them on any other surface as they would be too harsh for most worktops etc. I don't risk using them in the bathroom either after a porcelain mug was left with silver 'scratch' marks.
I don't use them everyday but atleast weekly for the last few months and I'm still on the second one of the pack so a pound is turning out to be great value. However they don't last for ever and do start to lose their abrasion and do unravel.
I can't give any less than 5 stars for their grease removal on the kitchen tiles alone- nothing else would shift it.
Don't you just hate it when the spuds 'catch' and you're left with a black mess on the bottom of your pan?
I would not do without these stainless steel scourers because they are so tough on burnt on food. I've seen them from £1.70 to over £4.
You would expect them to be quite sharp but they are more springy to the touch. Not sharp at all so are comfortable to use.
Despite soaking burnt-on food, maybe I totally cremate some stuff, there is often a black residue that even my favourite bicarb of soda won't shift. These scourers really come into their own. Mind you, there's no point leaving the scourer in the pan and walking away, you do have to put a bit of elbow grease in.
They are also great for cleaning my halogen hob. Again - stubborn burnt-on food or drips (I know it sounds as if I'm always burning tea, I'm not really!) can be a beggar to get off. I find this scourer much more effective than any other. Gently does it though. I just rub gently with the scourer to remove the burnt layer then clean to a smooth polish with a soft cloth.
The scourers do go out of shape after a while and it is when they become all straggly that I replace mine. I sometimes use the straggly ones as drainage at the bottom of my plantpots.
When I've finished scouring, I just rinse out then put in the top of the dishwasher to make sure my scourer is super clean before I next use it.
We have a lovely word in Lancashire, "Sponny". This is the word you use when something looks bright and shiny, neat and clean. So if someone came up to you and said. 'By eck, that car looks sponny." You would be well pleased. Whether Spontex considered this when they chose their brand name is hard to say but their tough pan scrubs have certainly helped me to "sponny up" my flat lately.
I can't remember where I bought them from but I certainly remember thinking that they looked useful. They come in a rather strange twin pack, each scrub encased in a little clear plastic dome which shares a cardboard backing. Once you have liberated it from it's little plastic prison you can examine the scrub. I have never seen others like this. They resemble a ball or nest, of very fine stainless steel strands, a bit like some exotic metal pasta or noodles. The scrub fits into the palm of my hand and strangely although it looks like it should feel rough it is remarkably soft to the touch.
I use these scrubs for really tough jobs and as I have been doing a deep clean just recently I have now, not quite, but nearly, worn my last scrub out and the remains of it are sitting on my desk. It has earned a decent rest though. First of all I tackled some neglected pans, armed with rubber gloves,de-greasant and a scrub it made short work of the outside of the frying pan. Next I took the oven to bits and cleaned every bit I could get at. The scrub was great for the oven rack and the side supports as it curved around the rails and got into all the corners. On the flat sides of the oven it removed all the fat splashes only using some water. It has not left any scratches but I would hesitate to use these on any soft plastic surfaces.
Next it proved to be just the thing for removing paint splashes on terracotta tiles. We have just painted the outside wall of our flat and the brown terracotta tiles were liberally speckled with sploshes of cream paint. I spent a happy couple of hours on Sunday on my hands and knees with a bucket of water and my Spontex scrub, it did occasionally leave a faint dark mark but this soon washed away.
One problem with these scrubs is that they do tend to fall apart with serious use and sort of unravel. The next stage is they shed little bits of the strands and you have to be careful to sweep them all up. The best thing to do is to bin them before they get to this stage. They never seem to get rusty even when they have been left damp and work surprisingly well on grease, a lot better than brillo pads which i hate. I think they would be ideal for cleaning barbecues. I do like how any gunge washes out of them unlike some sponge scrubs to which the grease seems to cling and become very unhygienic. Used sensibly these scrubs can certainly help with the tough jobs inside and outside the house and I will certainly be buying more.
5 stars from me even though they do unravel.
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I like these scourers because they get through and clean off the burnt bits on the pan that other cleaning methods don't get to. I like to use them with a cleaning liquid for best results. Don't use on anything that might be damaged by being scoured.
These are good tough little scourers. They are pretty heavy duty and I use them to get rid of the stubborn burnt on bits that stick to the base of my pans. I also find they are good at cleaning the pan rests and rings on my gas hob. I like to use them with a cleaning liquid to help left off the dirt as I scourer it off.
They are too abrasive for surfaces that can get damaged by being scratched- so they are not suitable for use on non stick pans, soft plastics or painted items for example. Hands and fingers can get scratched too if you don't protect them by wearing washing up gloves.
Value for money
These scourers come in different sized packs. Mine cost £1.70 for 3 but I think there are better offers available. I use them on occasions where nothing else will get my pans clean. With a good rinse after use they can be reused after a couple of smaller jobs and because they are made from stainless steel they don't rust between jobs. On bigger jobs expect to use more- I get through a couple when cleaning the hob. You need to start a new one once they start to unravel or get too grimy to wash out properly. I find they are good value to get my saucepans clean if nothing else will save them.
The scourers are made from recycled stainless steel. Once they are a bit worn out and dirty I put them in my recycling with the tins and other metal items.
I recently tried Spontex Tough Scourers. I was looking for something to clean my saucepans which unfortunately are not non stick. I bought mine from Tesco and they cost me £1.70 for a pack of four scourers, however they are currently half price at 85p so a good time to stock up or try them.
Spontex Tough Scourers are a bit different to your average scourers. They are made from steel which looks like strips of it had been curled into a lot of tight little spirals and all wound together in a little bundle. The stainless steel is recycled and after use can be recycled again which is a good thing. The stainless steel is also rust proof so you should have no problems with them being damp and going rusty.
These little wire scourers are designed to remove tough burnt on food and grease without scratching your saucepan or grill pan or even BBQ grills. You should be careful not to use them on any delicate surfaces though. They mustn't be used on non stick pots and pans, plastic or enamel. To use the scourers you will need to add detergent of some sort, I usually just pop a blob of washing up liquid on to the scourer, I find this works best. The instructions advise that you should always wear rubber gloves when using one of these as strands of the wire can get wrapped around your fingers. I personally didn't bother with gloves at first but one day this did happen to me resulting in quite a deep cut as the wire sliced into my finger, needless to say I whole heartedly agree with the advice of wearing them now.
As I mentioned to use the scourer I simply squeeze a little blob of washing up liquid onto the scourer and simple scrub your saucepan or what ever you are cleaning just like you would with a regular scourer or sponge. The first time I tried these was on a sauce pan which was badly burnt. I found with very little elbow grease the spontex scourer had the pan gleaming again. I use these scourers on the silver pieces on the top of my hob too. They clean everything up brilliantly and best of all they haven't scratched anything. They do advise to make sure you thoroughly rinse the saucepan or grill pan or whatever you are cleaning as little pieces of metal may be left behind.
My greatest success with these has been the BBQ grill. No matter how hard you try to keep them clean in my experience they always seem to end up getting more and more burnt food on them I cleaned our BBQ grill with one of these and although it didn't bring it up 100% it was much cleaner and got most of the burnt bits off.
The instructions advise to always rinse the scourers out after use and state that they rinse easily, here I would have to argue, in my experience they don't rinse out easily and some bits do tend to get caught in the metal. This little niggle aside I would definitely recommend the Spontex Tough Scourers, they really do a good job.
I generally use sponge scourers for washing up as these tend to remove most of the dirt and grease but I find these pretty ineffective for the tougher jobs - baking trays, grill pans, barbecues. I came across these Spontex tough scourers whilst doing my weekly shopped and thought they were more suited to these tougher jobs so purchased a pack of four for £1.70.
The scourers look like wire balls. They are made from rust free recycled stainless steel and are said to 'remove the toughest burnt on food and grease with ease' - perfect. They need to be used with a cleaning liquid and it is also recommended that you wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. The scourers can be used on baking trays and pans but they should not be used on more delicate surfaces such as enamel or non-stick pans.
I used the scourer at first with some washing up liquid and srcubbed my wire trays from the oven. These were in quite a sorry state - with plenty of dried grease and a bit of baked on food. The wire scourers worked really well at first, taking just a little scrubbing to remove the grease spots. I did not use rubber gloves as recommended but can see why you should - the wires are tough and can come away from the ball and wrap around your fingers which, if you do not remove before scrubbing could cause injury. As I worked through the washing up, the ball seemed to lose it's shape and the scourer became increasingly difficult to use and decreasingly effective. Once the ball form is lost, you are left with a mass of wire that is hard to hold, let alone scrub with. The instructions say that the scourers should be rinsed out after use and can be re-used, but, in my experience, they are not in a state to be used again after one load of washing up.
The scourers are effective and certainly work much better than the sponge scourers on tougher dirt and grease. However, they are not completely effective on all spots and they do still require alot of elbow grease too. They also can be quite messy, flicking grease off the wire around my kitchen. For the price, these aren't bad value for one-off use on the tougher jobs and I now tend to use them with a slightly stronger cleaning detergent than just washing up liquid, which has increased their effectiveness a little. They don't remove all the hard work from scrubbing pans but they certainly help.
We have only recently started to use these in our kitchen. I tend not to do much washing up, but I have been known to do the pots and pans on a Sunday and I have had occasion to use these during the last couple of weeks.
Although we have a dishwasher, we don't often use it as my wife ordinarily doesn't leave dishes dirty for long enough to fill it up. She hates doing the pots and pans though, especially if they have been left to dry out as is often the case with our steamer. I usually steam all our potatoes and vegetables and have a tendency to leave my dirty pots on the side and not carry them through to the sink. My wife bought these to tackle the dried on potato from the side of the steamer and I couldn't help but notice the other day as I was watching her skivvying that the stainless steel came up really well.
Also, after a bit of a soaking, they did a similarly good job on the oven pan on Sunday. They offer a big advantage over Brillo in that they don't have the in-built soap and therefore you can simply rinse them out and they don't leave a mess or go rusty as the finer grade pads often do.
The only downside I have identified is that bits of food particles do get stuck within the pad and these take a bit of rinsing to get them out. Also, some of the strands have unwound a bit.
I wouldn't use them on any delicate china as they seem quite fierce and may damage delicate surfaces but for everyday heavy duty items, then they won't be damaged by these. In fact they help to brighten up the pans. They are made from recycled stainless steel.
They come in packs of 4 at the supermarket and work out at about 40p each, but each one lasts quite a while as they don't disintegrate as quickly as the less effective sponge scourers which we also buy for the general washing up.
When washing up I seriously dislike cleaning up the marks you get sometimes from cooking meat. When I cook some joints I have this huge pan I use and when the meat is finished I am left with tones of grease and other items stuck to the bottom.
You have scourers usually to try and remove those stubborn bits which are stuck and the reason for this is because a normal washing up sponge can take away some parts but not all of it.
The Spontex scourers are perhaps the best I have used and are nothing like the cheaper alternatives you find in places. In Tesco I brought a pack of four pack recently for
I found them easy to notice as they were down the cleaning isle and they had a nice look to them. They are the round scourers and they are made from recycled steel. I dislike the softer versions of the scourers which offer little resistance.
I first used these when I had a joint yesterday the typical sunday road. I had done a shoulder of lamb and I was left with so many problems and the hot water did little to help. I used the scourer in a clockwise motion and it helped remove that stubborn food which was stuck to the sides.
I found the product good for removing the problems but it hurt my hands. I think this could be the fact I was scrubbing so hard or it might be down to the fact I was not using them correctly.
You have to use some elbow grease otherwise they are pointless in having at home so when you apply pressure sometimes they can hurt the hands. I found after a few attempts with this scourer the product eventually turned into a mess.
Some people might know what I mean but you have a scourer which turns into a large pad and it can start creating a mess. They do last a long time and they do not often leave behind any bristles you sometimes find after doing the washing up.
I rarely use these all the time as they are not always needed but I have some spare just incase and they are the best. They do not rip apart like cheaper scourers do and they offer a great service with decent results. I have never found a problem it could not tackle.
I would tell people it can scratch pans if you use them on there own, you do need a cleaning liquid because it will just rip the pan apart. I have done this before and was left very upset because I was to stubborn to listen to advice handed to me.
I also found it was easy to clean because dirt and food can build up inside the scourer and I have to admit this was not something that happened often when using this item for me.
I like to cook from scratch which means that my pots and pans are usually tough to clean. So I started buying Spontex Tough Scourers to help me with the cleaning process.
These scourers are essentially fine pieces of wire nestled together and you can use them to remove food debris from pans and casserole dishes.
I usually buy Spontex Tough Scourers from my local discount store where I can pick up two for around 60p. However they are more expensive in the supermarket - it will cost you £1.69 for four scourers in Sainsbury's (which works out at around 42p per unit) - and if you decide to buy these on-line you can you'll pay even more than that! I was quite surmised when I saw how much prices can vary by!
Spontex Tough Scourers really come into their own when you're cleaning your pans; they make removing food that has stuck to the bottom almost effortless, even if there are stubborn burn marks on your pans, these scourers can usually remove the stain without too much time or effort.
The only problem I have with these scourers is that they start to hurt my hands after a while, because the material they're made out of is rather harsh. So I usually give my hands a bit of TLC after I've been using these, because they're often red raw!
Each Spontex Tough Scourers usually last around two weeks, but if you've used it to remove a particularly big stain then you may find that some of the debris nestles itself within the scourer, if this happens then I usually throw it away. Also, sometimes the metal scourer starts to fall apart due to excessive use - again, if this happens then I will throw it away.
Overall I'd say that Spontex Tough Scourers are great for cleaning your pans, but they are a little expensive and they're also a little rough on your hands. I give this product four Dooyoo stars.
I have been using Spontex scourers since a long time to remove tough stains. These are very efficient and help us remove tough stains within seconds.
The scourers are ball shaped and are made from recycled steel. The scourers are made of tiny wired steel wound around. This is of amazing quality as I have been using spontex scourers since a long time and it has not formed any rust or has become blunt or less efficient in its performance of removing tough stains. On continuous usage the scourers can loosen but don't break or pop out steel wires which make them last for ages.
The scourers though are soft to touch the wired steel is sharp and hence while cleaning it is recommended to use hand gloves. I usually don't wear gloves and once when I tried to remove a string of the scourers which was stuck in the tap I got a small cut in my finger. The steel wires are indeed sharp and hence we have to be careful while using them.
The scourers can be used with a cleaning liquid. While cleaning the scourers gets food particles or dirt filled in them but we can easily clean the scourers by putting it under the tap water and it comes out clean.
These scourers are designed to be used on tough stains and hence these should not be used on delicate surfaces like non stick pans, plastic bathroom suites or tiles.
A pack of four spontex scourers cost £1.65. These are worth every penny and last very long.
I brought these Spontex scourers in Home Bargains, the pack of 2 I brought cost 59p but I've also seen them in packs of 4 in the supermarket but it works out much dearer. I needed them to clean the roasting tin because I'd made a proper mess of it with chicken, honey and lemon juice AND burned all that so the roasting tin looked like it was ready for the bin.
They are ball shaped scourers made out of metal so it's like using that wire wool to get things clean, my dad uses that all the time but I can't stand the feel of it in my hands so I'd rather use something like this. Even these feel a bit sharp on my hands but at least it doesn't feel like it's going to bust through the skin at any minute!
They're mega strong scourers, the roasting tin come up sparkling clean after a few rubs. I'd soaked it for a bit in hot water before scrubbing it but I was still impressed with how much of the baked on stuff the scourer got off with each rub. Because of them being made out of quite tough metal the scourer forces the bits of dirt up and then when all the big bits are off you can use the scourer again in clean water to wipe the rest off.
I think these are loads better than the green scouring pads we've usually got in the kitchen because these do get the dirt off quicker and also they last longer. The metal these are made out of doesn't rust and as long as you give them a rinse and push them back into shape after you've used them they'll last loads longer than anything else.
I also used one to clean a paint tray the other day after my dad painted one of the bedrooms, I hate it when he asks me to clean them because I get into a proper mess usually but took about half the time using one of these scourers.
I love cooking from scratch - cookies, casseroles, massive pans of soup . As you can imagine, this often means I have rather a lot of surfaces and pots and pans to wash , some of which can be tricky especially if food is burnt on .
I picked up a pack of four of these for £1.65 from Sainsburys, intent on tackling a particularly tricky glass casserole dish that had gotten quite a lot of burnt on gravy over it, that my normal sponge was having trouble shifting . These are heavy duty metal scourers made from rust free stainless steel .
When using these on my casserole dish, I found them rather rough on my hands, so resorted to using gloves with these . With the addition of a little washing up liquid they shifted the stubborn burnt on gravy quickly and easily , cutting right through it . When I rinsed the dish under the tap, it came up sparkling and looking like new .
However, when I rinsed out the scourer, bits of food got stuck in the mesh - which I don't like, as it means the scourer is essentially staying dirty. There wasn't really any way to get the food out of the scourer, so I decided to use it a few more times that day to get some good cleaning done, and then bin it (I hated the idea of that food going off in it and starting to smell). So, I wondered about with it, and used it to get my taps sparking and clean, my draining board shining, and even to get the dried on egg that some neighbourhood chav had thrown at my window off .
Now, being as these are metal scourers, you can't use them on non-stick pans, plastic bathroom suites, enamel or any other delicate surfaces, and this is all printed on the packet so you won't forget.
It's a little inconvenient to have to throw it away after use because I can't get the stuck in food out, and although this is probably just down to my obsessiveness about things going off and smelling, I'm going to deduct one star for this . I also feel they are a little expensive, so another star off for that .
Overall, three stars - they do the job they are meant to do, and they do it well, I just can't help thinking I could find a similar product cheaper .
For someone who is constantly baking and who uses baking trays a lot, I find I get through scourers and sponges very quickly. It therefore handy to have a range of cleaning tools at my disposal, these tough scourers are indeed very tough beasts.
Works especially well on stubborn dried on food on baking trays. Most effective if you leave the tray or dish to soak for a few minutes to take away the worst. You can then start to rub these onto the dishes, a small amount of arm work is needed, but the wire mesh really reaches deep down and will swipe away most of the sediments quickly. They are effective for general burnt on food and also help to shift oil, they helped my frying pan well after a fried egg.
If you pick them up you might find the texture makes you grit your teeth, it is that wire mesh which feels ghastly to touch, get over this though and they do work very well.
They are however quite difficult to clean and food can get stuck in them easily.
A pack of normal scourers is literally a few pence (14p for 5 from Tesco) so these come in a bit dearer, ranging from £1-£2 a pack. That said they will last a while.
Use for heavy duty dirt and stains
Oh how I just love these Spontex scourers! whoever invented them needs a medal. Every morning I have a bowl of porridge and call me what you will but I always cook it in a small saucepan on top of the hob. The end result is a saucepan that has a glued on coating of leftover porridge stuck firmly inside of it.
My Aunt has a nifty way of clearing her porridge saucepan, she always saves one of her old store loyalty cards to keep beside her sink. After tipping out all of water after soaking the saucepan she uses the edge of the loyalty card and then scrapes away the residue.LOL Hubby saw her card sitting at the side of the sink and was quite alarmed, he thought that she had left her Debit card laying about.
My favourite Spontex scourers are those that come packed in the large plastic bubble packs. The cardboard packet is two shades of blue, an insert into the packaging has four large `plastic bubbles` which hold the Spontex scourers in place.
There's no mistaking them, they have Spontex plastered on the front of the packet.
Break the plastic seal and take one of the scourers out, what you see is practically a work of art. Thousands of tiny wire coils are wound around and around until they create a ball. Though the Spontex scourer feels pretty soft they are tough as old boots. One scourer last me ages, granted they do unravel but they still function as well.
I have some old aluminium saucepans, they must have come over with Noah in the Ark!
Despite all of the repeated warnings about steering clear form using aluminium saucepans ( for fear of contracting Alzheimer's disease ) I wouldn't ever part with mine. They are Family Heirlooms that have been handed down through the generations.
Take the Spontex scourer firmly in your left hand ( or right if you are right handed) and apply the scourer to the porridge ridden pan, using swift clockwise movements (anti if you prefer) start putting pressure onto the scouring pad.
The pan soon starts to clean, you need to rinse the Spontex scourer out at regular intervals as the oats find their way into the wiry wool. In no time at all you will have a gleaming saucepan and a dirty scourer. The scourer cleans easily, an extra splash of washing up liquid and a good rinse and it is as good as new.
A pack of four Spontex scourers will cost you £1.65, they last much longer than a conventional Brillo pad and are far less messy, they don't rust and they rinse out easily.
Don't think of using them on non-stick saucepans or any other delicate surface.
Spontex have a whole range of scouring products to cope with each and every household task.
A first class invention.
I do like the Spontex soft knit dish cloths, you get two in the packet for about £2.50. I bought mine when we were in B and Q.
The soft knitted dishcloths can be machine washed and they will withstand a good soak in bleachy water.
The Spontex scourer and the spontex dishcloths make a good capable combination.
These modern wonders are an excellent tool for the harried house-wife or house-husband. Their invention has precluded the need for old-fashioned steel-wool, providing a handy tool for the handyman or woman who needs to prepare an area for priming and painting. In addition their use can be far more subtle, with a light tough the only prerequisite to remove grease and stubborn stains from painted surfaces. Attempt this job with steel wool or even good old ‘Brillo pads’ and you’ll have ‘bald’ spots on your walls and other prised surfaces. In addition, this little ball of metal does not rust like its steel wool predecessor was almost guaranteed to do. The original version of steel wool, the more modern soap-filled ‘Brillo pad’ and its ‘own-brand’ reproductions, are all prone to rust if left in the open, whereas, these “Tough Scourers” do not. Additionally, if left in a moist state for any length of time, the soap-filled variety of ‘Brillo pads’ tend to go somewhat ‘mouldy’ and even start to smell rather awful, my support for this statement will have to wait for another dooyoo opinion, meanwhile, you will just have to take my word for it – won’t you ;-) So, I’ve been able to show that these little pads are good at what they do; and that they are far superior to their previous incarnations. What then is against everyone simply turning to this modern miracle and throwing away everything else? Two things: 1) They now have the most annoying habit of unravelling, although this did not happen when they first came on to the market. Then again, there’s nothing new in a manufacturer changing the quality of production levels after getting their ‘new’ consumers ‘hooked’ is there? 2) Taking item 1) into consideration, their price can be seen as little short of extortionate.
I’ve checked around and their lowest price works out about 60p each. At this level of pricing it’s hard to see past the fact that they are not really a good investment as they work out little better, in the long run and pound for pound (£ for £) than their rusty, smelly, and overly- coarse predecessors. What dooyoo think? GG