How Were "Brillo Pads" Named?
Brillo Pad is a trade name for a scouring pad, used for cleaning dishes, and made from steel wool impregnated with soap.
A cookware peddler and his brother-in-law, a jeweller, approached New York lawyer Milton Loeb for assistance in protecting their invention made of German fine steel wool and jeweller's rouge. But Loeb did much more, flinging himself into the pan scouring business and coming up with the Brillo trademark from the Latin word for 'bright'.
Patented in 1913, by 1917 the Brillo Manufacturing Company were 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.
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