Brace yourself, I'm endorsing a product.
Now, I don't buy much stuff new. If I can't get it used, I probably don't need it-- well, with the exception of underwear and personal care products. I buy even less brand-name stuff. There is some stuff, though, that has no peer. S.O.S pads are such stuff.
Ever try the off-brand scrubbing pads? Complete junk. They start bleeding rusty liquid after one use, fall apart after two uses. If you want a steel wool scrubber, you gotta go with the real deal. S.O.S pads are the definition of real deal.
Now that I'm working with dairy, the pots get scummy. A substance called milkstone (deposits of mineral salts in milk) build up on the pots, and it's hard to get it off. S.O.S pads are the solution. And it's not just mineral salts- I'm here to tell you, they can scrub off ANYTHING. My pots have never looked better, inside and out. Yes, they cost more, but they are so totally worth it.
So, that's my irony-free paean to S.O.S. Thanks, S.O.S!