Beats a Smelly Sponge
Augment your elbow grease with easy-care kitchen cleaning tools like these
Even with regular microwaving, sponges get funky fast while harboring germs and food debris in their grooves and plastic scrubbie sides. No wonder neatniks avoid using sponges for dishwashing and toss them almost as regularly as paper towels. Our grandmothers didn’t need them, and neither do we. Discover three kitchen sponge alternatives below.
A. STAY CLEAN SCRUBBER This cheerful scrubbie has thousands of heat-resistant, debris-shedding silicone bristles—too soft for crusty pots, but great on dried egg, nonstick coatings, and sticky clots of dough. It’s dishwasher-safe, too.
B. CM SCRUBBER Loops of stainless steel remove gunk on cast iron, stainless steel, enameled iron, and some aluminum; food bits rinse right out.
C. FLOUR SACKING Keep a clean stack of thin cotton-muslin towels on hand to mop up spills and buff countertops; hang to dry. Eco-friendlier than microfiber, these kitchen sponge alternatives go right in the washer and dryer.
From $1 each at hardware, cookware, and big-box stores.