Washing dishes is not one of my favorite chores.
What makes it worse is when I have faulty equipment, like a stinky sponge.
I can’t in good conscious, scrub dishes with a smelly sponge.
That’s just spreading germs everywhere.
And the men in the family tend to drop the sponge hither and yon, particularly when yon is a sink full of water, which makes the sponge start smelling faster.
We don’t have a dishwasher so kitchen scrubbers get a lot of use in our house.
What’s the Best Dish Sponge?
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Best Dish Sponge
You want nylon or all plastic scrubbers that fit well in your hand that don’t contain any sponge inside the nylon/plastic coating.
That inner sponge is a germ magnet.
They last, they don’t get slippery in your hand the way silicone sponges do.
And, they clean effectively and stay clean longer.
What Not to Buy
I cannot recommend silicone sponges.
And it can be easy to mistake the nylon scrubber for the silicone scrubber but here’s a tip.
The silicone will feel silky and smooth in your palm.
The nylon scrubber will feel rough. That’s what you want.
That roughness is going to help you get your dishes and pots and pans clean.
When I saw the green silicone sponge shown in the photo at my favorite kitchen supply store I got excited.
The description on the tag said “stay clean.”
The silicone supposedly keeps bacteria from setting up shop.
But, silicone sponges are not the solution.
The results of my silicone sponge trial?
The silicone did stay clean and fresh-smelling. But that’s all it did.
- This scrubber doesn’t get dishes clean. I found myself rewashing plates.
- I had to use a lot more force to get the dishes clean.
- I used a lot more dish soap than usual because the soap seemed to slide right off the scrubber.
- Cost, this model is $8. My favorite sponge is $1 at my favorite kitchen store.
Spill the Dirt
Tell me your dirty dish woes.
Do you have a dishwasher or do you scrub by hand?
What do you like to use?
Are you one of those don’t go to bed with dirty sink people?
I wish I was but I have no problems going to sleep with dirty dishes, none at all. 🙂
What kind of detergent do you like to use?