Use junk mail fake credit cards as dish scrapers

If you can pry them out of the hands of your children, here’s a great reuse for fake junk mail credit cards! From Candace:

I keep the plastic faux credit cards that I get in the mail along with all of my zeroed out gift cards etc. I keep them in a small drawer near my sink to use as handy dish scrapers on my non-stick cookwear. Not only is it far cheaper than buying a Pampered Chef dish scraper, but it is also a way to make sure that you get great use out of your junk mail.

Related: Give your toddler his own “credit cards”


  1. Monique says

    They make the best ice-scrapers too. Well, for us in FL anyway. An old cassette tape will take ice and frost right off….I wonder what it would do to baked-on ham glaze. (Still scraping that off since Christmas. I know, I know, use foil.)

  2. the milliner says

    They also make great dough scrapers for when you’re rolling out any kind of dough. Especially doughs that have a tendency to stick a lot to the counter.

  3. John says

    Ummm…. I don’t think those are made of food grade plastic- most are imported from china, taiwan, and thailand. You might want to spring for a UHMWPE scraper and avoid a dose of lead.

  4. says

    Great tips. This is a great way to use juke mail instead of just tossing it. If the credit card companies want to give us a gift then we should use it however we see fit.

  5. says

    John, You are not cooking with the cards. You are washing dishes. Chemically speaking there is no way that the “lead” molecules can bond with the pan while washing them and rinsing them off. Perhaps if there were an electric current running through the sink it might electroplate, but I doubt that you would be washing dishes in that sink if that were the case. I would doubt that there is lead in my zeroed out Starbucks or Target cards.