a pan with a bamboo scraper next to it

I don’t know one person who loves to wash dirty pots and pans. I know I certainly want to find pretty much anything else to do instead, but, this $4 Kitchen Tool Will Change Your Life, I Promise.

A few years ago I was visiting Logan and Finely a cute little eco shop in the west end of Toronto and saw this little  3-inch piece of wood sitting in the kitchen section, Julie the owner said it was a life-changing kitchen tool that would save a ton of time and money.

I thought to myself how can this be! But decided to give it a go!

BOY, was she right!

This tool, which is actually called a Bamboo Pot Scraper, is a game-changer and a major time-saver.

Most of us clean our dirty pots and pans with a cloth, sponge and a whole lot of dish soap. But with this tool, you can remove burnt food from pots and pans, cookie sheets and even stickers and wax of any surface. When you use it, it does not remove the finish. You simply slide it back and forth and watch the magic happen, once you have removed the burnt food, you simply wash the pot or pan.

I also love it because its part of my Plastic-Free Cleaning Kit. 

scrapping off burnt food in a pan with a bamboo scraper

I have completely eliminated having to soak anything that has burnt food left on the bottom. A little water and you are good to go! I love it because it works on stainless steel, non-stick and cast iron.

If you are interested in the types of cleaning products I use take a look at the cleaning section on The Eco Hub. 

This $4 Kitchen Tool Will Change Your Life, I Promise

Great for pots, but also “think outside the pot.” Use it to scrape windshields, remove dried candle wax, shimmy a chair, or round up loose dirt on a potting bench.

I promise this tool will change your life.


This $4 Kitchen Tool Will Change Your Life, I Promise


Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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