S.O.S. Celebrates Its 100 Year Anniversary + Giveaway
When I was growing up, my mom always had S.O.S. pads at the kitchen sink. I remember her and I both scrubbing food off pots, pans and dishes when I was a kid. It worked miracles! Now that I’m a parent myself, it’s hard to believe that S.O.S. Steel Wool Soap Pads are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year!
It’s crazy to think that when S.O.S. pads were introduced, electricity and indoor plumbing were considered luxuries, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world, and women didn’t have the right to vote. Woodrow Wilson was President, Charlie Chaplin ruled the cinema and Pablo Picasso was in his prime. An average American home cost around $5,000 – $6,000, while a car cost roughly $300 – $400. The world was certainly a different place.
Yet 100 years later, S.O.S pads remain a cleaning staple for millions of people across the country. The same hard working, soap-filled, steel wool scrubbers that everyone’s mom and grandma always had under the sink are still the perfect tool for pots and pans, shower walls, stovetops, patio furniture, outdoor grills – you name it!
HISTORY OF THE S.O.S. SOAP PAD
S.O.S. Soap Pads were developed in 1917 by a cooking utensil salesman named Irwin Cox. These scrubbers were designed to help his customers keep their new pans shiny. Cox’s wife called the pads S.O.S – which stood for “Save Our Saucepans” – and the rest is history. Today, S.O.S Soap Pads are a trusted scrubbing powerhouse for millions of people nationwide, ‘saving’ everything from saucepans to shower walls and stovetops to patio furniture.
When S.O.S pads were introduced, the world was certainly a different place. Electricity and indoor plumbing were still considered luxuries, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world, and women didn’t have the right to vote. The trusted method for cleaning pots and pans was to scrub them with squares of cheese cloth or old flour bags, and ‘washstands’ were meant to be cleaned with Borax, ammonia and yellow soap. Housework has come a long way since 1917, yet S.O.S pads remain the number one problem-solver for America’s grungiest jobs.
“100 years is a remarkable accomplishment and we’re thrilled to celebrate this milestone with our S.O.S brand,” said Ambra Duncan, The Clorox Company, Associate Brand Director – Clorox Studio. “It’s incredible to witness a simple product born in one man’s basement grow into a national cleaning powerhouse, and we’re looking forward to another 100 years of S.O.S pads making tough cleaning jobs look easy.”
S.O.S Steel Wool Soap Pads are made with durable steel wool and saturated with long-lasting soap. The tiny scrubbers are powerful and versatile enough to tackle a wide variety of cleaning projects both indoors and out: scrubbing pots and pans, degreasing ovens, removing sticky labels, cleaning soap scum and hard water stains in the bathroom, cleaning grill grates and more. S.O.S Steel Wool Soap Pads are available in three fresh scents – Regular, Lemon and Lavender – at grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide. S.O.S Non- Scratch Scrubbers are also available for non-stick cookware and other delicate surfaces. More information about S.O.S products is available at www.sosclorox.com.
THE CLOROX COMPANY
The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) is a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products with about 8,000 employees worldwide and fiscal year 2016 sales of $5.8 billion. Clorox markets some of the most trusted and recognized consumer brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products; S.O.S® Steel Wool Soap Pads; Pine-Sol® cleaners; Liquid Plumr® clog removers; Poett® home care products; Fresh Step® cat litter; Glad® bags, wraps and containers; Kingsford® charcoal; Hidden Valley® dressings and sauces; Brita® water-filtration products; Burt’s Bees® natural personal care products; and Renew Life® digestive health products. The company also markets brands for professional services, including Clorox Healthcare® and Clorox Commercial Solutions®. More than 80 percent of the company’s sales are generated from brands that hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories.
Clorox is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, a community of global leaders committed to sustainability. The company also has been broadly recognized for its corporate responsibility efforts, most notably receiving two Climate Leadership Awards for Excellence in 2015 and a Safer Choice Partner of the
Year Award in 2016 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as being named to CR Magazine’s 2016 Best Corporate Citizens list and included in the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings. The Clorox Company and its foundations contributed nearly $17 million in combined cash grants, product donations, cause marketing and employee volunteerism in the past year. For more information,
Be sure to visit TheCloroxCompany.com, including the Good Growth blog, and follow the company on Twitter at @CloroxCo.
S.O.S® Steel Wool Soap Pads
There’s a reason that S.O.S reusable soap-filled steel wool pads have been the nation’s #1* selling soap pad for 100 years. Made with durable steel wool and saturated with long-lasting soap, S.O.S pads are powerful and versatile enough to tackle an incredible variety of cleaning projects both indoors and out:
- Power through grease and crusty, baked-on food on pots, pans and casserole dishes
- Degrease your oven and range hood
- Eliminate coffee and tea stains from mugs and carafes
- Clean glassware, refrigerator shelves**, microwave trays**, sticky labels, garbage can lids and more
- Say goodbye to soap scum and hard water stains on bathroom tiles, shower doors and ceramic sinks and bathtubs
- Keep grill grates clean to avoid compromising flavor
- Scrub patio furniture, garden tools, golf clubs, muddy cleats, chrome bumpers, wiper blades, tires and more
Who knew the best tool for scrubbing pots and pans is also the perfect solution for quick clean-up jobs around the house? From sticky spills in the kitchen to grimy build-up in the bathroom – just grab a pad, get it wet and scrub. S.O.S Pads are quite possibly the nation’s best-kept secret in cleaning.
Retailer availability: S.O.S Steel Wool Soap Pads are available in three fresh scents – Regular, Lemon and Lavender – at grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide.
1 lucky winner on The Mommy-Files will receive a One Year Supply of S.O.S. Soap Pads (twelve 10-count boxes)!!!
How do you use S.O.S. Pads for cleaning in your home?