How to make them last longer and eliminate rusting
When you purchase a box of steel wool pads, immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, you'll decide that this will be much more economical. In fact, you'll notice that the scissors get sharpened this way!
Plain steel wool pads, which are NOT filled with soap are kosher. Steel wool pads which are filled with soap do need kosher certification. Use steel wool to:
Eliminate coffee and tea stains from your carafe and porcelain mugs
Make your aluminum, iron and stainless steel pots and pans sparkle
Remove sticky tags, labels and glue off jars
Purge crusty baked-on food from casserole dishes
Brighten up flatware and serving utensils
Degrease stoves, ovens, broiler pans, oven racks and range hoods
Rachael Ray's steel wool tip: Watch this video to prevent steel wool from rusting.
One kosher brand of steel wool soap pads is Gefen Steel Wool Soap Pad (certified OU-P).