Brillo Pad


Brillo Pad

Brillo Pad is a trade name for a scouring pad, used for cleaning dishes, and made from steel wool impregnated with soap.

It came at a time when the introduction of aluminium pots and pans (replacing cast iron) was creating a quiet revolution in the kitchen. Easily blackened by coal fires, the shiny newness of the cookware didn't last long.

A cookware peddler and his brother-in-law, a jeweler, offered New York lawyer Milton Loeb a share of the profits in exchange for assistance in protecting their invention, a "scouring pad" made of fine steel wool and jeweler's rouge. Loeb obtained a patent in 1913 under the trademark "Brillo", from the Latin word for "bright." [ [http://www.brillo.com/crelations/history.asp Brillo A History Of Cleaning] ]

By 1917 the Brillo Manufacturing Company was selling packaged boxes of six pads and a separate bar of soap. It was only in the 1930s that the soap was contained within the pad. The company merged with Purex Industries in 1962. The Dial Corporation bought Purex Industries in 1985. In 1997, it sold Brillo to Church and Dwight. In the USA, Brillo is made in London, Ohio.

See also

* S.O.S Soap Pad

References

External links

* [http://www.brillo.com Brillo]


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