Tawashi is a Japanese word that loosely translates to a pot scrubbie. Japan has created an acrylic yarn blended with silver ion to knit /crochet tawashis. The silver ion makes the yarn resistant to mildew and bacteria which often cause odors. Cafe Kitchen by Daruma is 100% acrylic yarn in a multitude of colors. Combine this yarn with a tawashi scrubbie pattern and your pots and pans will be clean and shiny.
Since the tawashi has gained in popularity you can find them knitted as well as crocheted, from circular to flower and animal patterns.
You can use Cafe Kitchen or use the least expensive acrylic, the rougher the better and it is scratch free. Tawashi are quick to knit/crochet. The designs incorporate stockinette sections and garter stitch creating ridges. The garter ridges have superior scrubbing power as a result of the raised design.
Why not give a pot scrubbie a try. Here are patterns for knitting and crocheting Tawashi.
Tribbles are a circular knit designed by Abbigail 1870 Pearl.
Knitted fishy tawashi by Knitting Nonsense will swim around your pots to make them clean.
Crochet Beauty Shoppe has designed the round scrubbies in the photograph on the left.
Lion Brand yarn has come out with... you guessed it, a lion tawashi scrubber to crochet with a skill level of easy.
Coordinate the colors and motif of your tawashi with a dish cloth, hot pad and kitchen mitt. In Korea the Tawashi is called a susemi.