Winter root vegetables are on their way, so a tool such as a Japanese tawashi brush is a great thing to have on hand. Made of tightly wound and bound palm fiber, this traditional brush is tough enough to clean grubby veggies — and if you use enough power, this brush will even peel them for you. Hold the brush correctly, and your hands won’t be scratched.
The brushes are also used for scrubbing pots and pans, and work great for cleaning smaller, tighter areas such as around faucets in the kitchen or bath. Just be careful to let them dry completely between uses, and they will last longer.
They can be found in some household stores; a set of three sells for about $11 on Amazon.com.