by Amy Gordon
(last updated April 20, 2020)
Steel wool is an important cleaning item in any house. You can use it to scrub those pesky dishes where the food is just caked on, and there are many other household uses that have been mentioned in other articles. Steel wool is really only made up of a couple of things: really fine steel and some strong soap. It can be used on anything that steel will not scrape against. If you are having a difficult time removing a spot on any surface, you can try using your steel wool. Just be careful when you are using it that you are not scratching the surface. The easiest way to check if you are not sure is to use the steel wool on a hidden surface. If it does not scratch there, it will probably not scratch anywhere on the surface.
One big problem that you may find when using steel wool is that it is expensive and it wears out fairly quickly. If you are looking at a quick way to double the amount of steel wool you have to use from the same box, you came to the right place.
When you are using steel wool, you will probably notice that you do not really use the whole surface area. Since each pad of steel wool is so large, you will find you only use a fraction of the area that they give you as an actual cleaning surface. If this is the case, try using a little less. The best way to do this is by simply cutting the steel wool pad in half. While it will not actually give you twice as much steel wool, it will feel like it, because you will only be using as much steel wool as you actually need for each job. You may find you do not even need half, and then you can try cutting it into quarters.
As an added bonus to cutting steel wool in half, the action will make your scissors sharper. This is great, because if you use a regular sharpener on your scissors, they will become too small to be used effectively as scissors.
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