Camp Dish Cleaner: The Scrubr!

Scrubbing dishes clean in the backcountry is a chore I’d rather ditch. My usual ad hoc solution — water and fingernails scrapping against food-coated metal — is not fun and also not super effective. New this year, Lunatec, a company in San Diego, introduced a simple cloth-like scrubber to aid in cleanup after dinner at a camp site.

The Scrubr is dubbed “the ultimate camping dishcloth,” and it is made to be used as a scouring pad in place of the throw-away variety you buy at a grocery store.

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Lunatec Scrubr dish cloth

This spring, at home and while camping, I’ve tested the Scrubr to happy results. The thin cloth has a coarse, gritty face that easily cuts through food stuck on a cooking surface.

The Scrubr costs just $3 on Lunatec’s store. It is made of woven nylon and polyester fibers that give the cloth its edge. The fibers do not absorb much water, even when submerged. Bonus: The Scrubr weighs essentially nothing, packs small, and dries quickly after use.

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Scrubr in action

Collectively, at home and in camp, I’ve scrubbed dozens of dishes this summer with the Lunatec cloth. It has kept its coarse “edge” and remains usable for many dishes to come. My resolution is to replace gunky grocery store pan-scourers with this superior solution. My fingernails are thanking me already for the decision.

—Stephen Regenold

Posted by The Suburban Bushwacker - 06/02/2011 12:08 AM

This amazes me, so much so that I’ve had to come back for another look.

Surely there is no more convincing sign of the end of days than someone successfully marketing a kitchen scrubber as ‘outdoor gear’ WTF!

Posted by Lulu - 06/05/2011 12:17 PM

As someone who has lived outdoors for 6 months straight at a time, I can assure you that a dish scrubber is a piece of outdoor gear and I am happy, (as are my own fingernails!) to see this review. I have made use of leaves, sand, grass, and charcoal with satisfactory results, but will welcome this little cloth into my life.

Posted by Dennis - 06/18/2011 07:31 AM

I’m with Lulu on this one. Outdoor “gear” isn’t just about the big things – the boots, the packs, the kayaks, the bikes, etc. – it can also be the items that fix small but annoying problems. Pot cleaning is one of those problems. Fingernails work OK, but then you have the gunk left under them. Sand works, if you have sand. Old snow works great, if you can find a patch. Those half-sponge/half-scrubber things from the grocery store work well, but they stay damp and start to grow bacteria if you aren’t fastidious about drying them. Sometimes there’s no way to be fastidious enough or dry enough (Cascades mountaineering trip anyone?). Like a Packtowel, this is a nice adaptation of a common tool for use in a less civilized situation.

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