We'll occasionally use steel wool for scrubbing a crusty stain, but we find it unpleasant—tough on your hands, hard to reuse, unsightly and smelly when all the bits of food get stuck in it...
This little plastic scraper has a rounded corner for sweeping around a sauté pan and a point for digging into corners. Plus, it won't damage enamel or nonstick cookware. The handle on this particular one is thick enough to get a good grip.
If you frequently use a butter knife or your fingernail to scratch off baked-on lasagna, this is a very handy tool. It takes up minimal space, and ours was only 99 cents.
Anyone else rely on this tiny tool?
(Images: Elizabeth Passarella)