Okay, so who cares about steel wool?  It’s weird looking and comes in a huge bag, that I will probably never use.  Every time I do a home project that involves staining or stripping I  have to buy steel wool.  My mom used to keep a a bag of steel wool under the kitchen sink; she liked to use it to scrub pans (this was before the days of Teflon and non-stick pans).  The pad would get rusty and disgusting with little bits of dried food.  The used steel wool was kept next to a can of congealed grease.  Why? I don’t know, but we didn’t need child safety locks on that cabinet – no one wanted to go near the steel wool or grease can.  Yuck.

So steel wool, what’s it good for?  Surprisingly you can do quite a few things with it, and it’s inexpensive.

  • Use super fine #0000 steel wool to clean fireplace and oven doors. The glass will go from black to clear without scratching.
  •  Expanding foam fills in big gaps and when combined with steel wool becomes a barrier to rodents.
  •  Temporarily stuff steel wool in the drain while you bathe your pet to catch shed hair and prevent a clogged pipe (this one I am going to try.)
  •  Remove black heel marks on vinyl flooring.  Use steel wool and a little water, scrub gently.
  • Use super fine #0000 steel wool to create a matte finish on gloss paint.
  • Use instead of sandpaper on awkward shapes.
  • Sharpen scissors or clean up garden utensils

 You can always use it to create artwork,


Steel Wool on the Beach



Steel Wool Bust


Steel Wool Over Water

Or clothes…

Steel Wool Robe


Done anything interesting with steel wool?  I’d love to hear about it.