Extreme Budget Tips: Breaking Free of Brillo Pad Stress

 Stack of Brillo Boxes

Flickr Photo Credit: J.H. Pope

As convenient and effective as they are, these steel, soapy cleaning pads certainly don’t last very long sitting on the sink ledge. The rusting process is practically instantaneous.

My favorite trick? Putting them in the freezer. While the box of new Brillos stays under the sink, I keep a small non-breakable container in the freezer area over my fridge. I rinse out my current brillo after pot scrubbing jobs and store it there. They last much longer this way, and if you use the one dollar coupons Brillo puts out a couple times a year, you spend very little on this convenience item.