I was first introduced to these particular scrubbing pads by Tane Chan of San Francisco's The Wok Shop. She slipped them into my bag after we'd been chatting, insisting that they were the best non-abrasive scrubbies I'd ever find anywhere. And of course she was totally right.
While the sponges looks like they are made from something metallic, they're actually a plastic mesh cover wrapped around a standard sponge. The plastic is fairly soft and flexible, but the pads scour the crusty, caked-on bits from my pans like a pro.
I've used these scrubs on non-stick pans, cast-iron skillets (without soap!), enamel-coated dishes, and regular stainless steel pots. They've never left scratches and seem to work equally well on all surfaces.
Finding these exact same pads is a trick. So far, I've actually only seen them at The Wok Shop, and the only place I can find online to order these scrub pads is (You guessed it!) The Wok Shop itself. Amazon does carry another pad that looks similar:
• Scrub Pads, $1.50 for a set of 3 from The Wok Shop • Nonstick Scrubbing Pads from RSVP, $8.70 for a set of 6 on Amazon
Do you have a favorite non-abrasive scrubbing brush?
(Image: Emma Christensen)